The following documents related to consumer affairs, financial security, and livable communities issues that benefit people 50-plus are presented in reverse chronological order.
C: On December 28, 2021 AARP provided reply comments to the Federal Communications Commission regarding the Implementation of the Affordable Connectivity Program. Initial comments offer many valuable suggestions regarding the design and implementation of the Affordable Connectivity Program (“ACP”). The ACP modifies and extends the Emergency Broadband Benefit (“EBB”) program to create a longer-term affordability program for high-speed internet access. AARP focuses these reply comments on a subset of the diverse topics discussed in initial comments. (PDF)
C: On December 22, 2021 AARP sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service providing comments on the Extension of Temporary Relief from the Spousal Consent Physical Presence Requirement. In the letter, AARP expressed its concerns regarding potential guidance by the U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service that would compromise important spousal protections in retirement plans by making permanent the current temporary relief under Notice 2021-40 from the physical presence requirement for witnessing spousal consents. (PDF)
C: On December 13, 2021 AARP submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration. The letter provided comments on the Department of Labor’s proposal concerning the use of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in selecting plan investments and exercising proxy voting and other shareholder rights. (PDF)
C: On December 8, 2021, AARP submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission on its proposed rules to govern the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which modifies and extends the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program to create a longer-term broadband affordability program, pursuant to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. In its comments, AARP acknowledges the challenges facing the FCC to complete the adoption of rules relative to this important new program within a highly compressed timeframe and encourages them to implement and administer the ACP in a manner that maximizes the benefits of this important program to all eligible households and minimizes the disruption associated with transitioning from the EBB program. (PDF)
L: On November 19, 2021 AARP sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in response to the Department presenting information pertaining to its notice of allocation of more than $2 billion in CDBG-DR and CDBG-MIT to ten states, covering 15 recent major disasters. HUD presented information on its intention to create a “universal notice” that would serve to expedite future CDBG-DR and CDBG-MIT allocations, including but not limited to the additional $3 billion already appropriated in 2021 for disaster recovery and mitigation efforts. AARP urged HUD to more explicitly consider the needs of older adults in its current and future implementation of disaster recovery and mitigation funds. (PDF)
L: On November 16, 2021 AARP sent a letter to Chairwoman Maxine Waters and Ranking Member Patrick McHenry of the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Financial Services expressing support for the Empowering States to Protect Seniors from Bad Actors Act (H.R. 5914). AARP has been working with policymakers and regulators to combat financial fraud aimed at older Americans since its founding in 1958. The Act would provide older Americans with a new defense against financial exploitation and investment scams tailored to exploit them. Specifically, the bill would implement and modernize the Senior Investor Protection Grant Program, established by law in 2010. (PDF)
L: On November 10, 2021 AARP sent a letter to U.S. Representatives Robert Scott (D-VA) and Virginia Foxx (R-NC) in support of the Retirement Improvement and Savings Enhancement Act of 2021. Under this bill, more people who work part-time will be able to enroll in their employers’ retirement savings plans by allowing them to save after only two (rather than three) years of employment. More than 27 million workers work less than full-time, and this change will be especially helpful to the many older workers who can only find part-time work or need to work part-time due to caregiving responsibilities. (PDF)