WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration is seeking nominations to fill five, three-year vacancies on the Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans, known as the ERISA Advisory Council. Nominations must be submitted by Oct. 3, 2022.

The council provides advice on policies and regulations affecting employee benefit plans governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. The Secretary of Labor appoints its 15 members, who serve staggered three-year terms and represent specified groups and fields related to employee benefits. The council meets at least four times a year, and makes recommendations to the Secretary regarding functions carried out under ERISA.

Nominations are being accepted for one vacancy each in the fields of employee organizations, employers, the general public, insurance, and accounting. Interested persons or organizations may nominate qualified individuals for membership.

Nominations should briefly describe the candidate’s qualifications to serve on the council, the position (group or field) for which the candidate is being nominated and should state that the candidate will accept appointment to the council if offered. Please include the full name, work affiliation, mailing address, phone number and email address of both the candidate and the nominator. Nominations must be submitted by letter, resolution or petition and signed by the person or – in the case of a nomination by an organization – by the group’s representative making the recommendation.

Submit nominations to Christine Donahue, Council Executive Secretary, as e-mail attachments to donahue.christine@dol.gov, or by mail to U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., NW, Suite N-5700, Washington, DC 20210.  

Attendance and participation in the council’s meetings and other work has historically resulted in a commitment of at least 20 days per year. Additional information about the ERISA Advisory Council and the appointment process can be found on the council web page.

The Department of Labor is committed to equal opportunity in the workplace and seeks a broad-based and diverse council. Selection of council membership will be consistent with achieving the greatest impact, scope, and credibility among diverse stakeholders. The diversity in such membership includes, but is not limited to, race, gender, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.


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