Iwry Announced for IFA Public Affairs Conference


We’ve just added another speaker to the lineup for IFA’s Public Affairs Conference. Mark Iwry of the U.S. Treasury Department will participate in the panel “The Administration’s Take On The ACA – Education & Implementation For Your Business”. That panel will discuss implementation, compliance and resources available for the Affordable Care Act. You can still register for the Public Affairs Conference over at .org.

You can read Iwry’s full bio below

J. Mark Iwry (pronounced “Eevry”) is Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury and is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Retirement and Health Policy at the U.S. Treasury Department.  Mark was previously a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Research Professor at Georgetown University, Of Counsel to the law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, and a Principal of the Retirement Security Project.  He was the Treasury Department’s Benefits Tax Counsel (1995-2001), serving as the principal official directly responsible for tax policy and regulation relating to the Nation’s qualified pension and 401(k) plans, employer health plans, deferred compensation, and other employee benefits.  Previously, he was a partner in the law firm of Covington & Burling LLP.

Mark has often testified before congressional committees – representing the Treasury and Executive Branch or, while in the private sector, testifying as an independent expert — and State legislatures.  He has advised numerous Senators, Members of Congress and their staffs on both sides of the aisle, as well as various Presidential campaigns.  In recent years has been recognized as one of the “30 top financial players” (Smart Money magazine), “100 Most Influential People in Finance” (Treasury and Risk magazine) (one of 5 in the field of Retirement and Benefits), “100 Most Influential People in the 401(k) Industry” (401(k) Wire), “Investment News 20” (20 individuals expected to have a major influence on the financial services industry), etc.

Formerly a chair of the D.C. Bar Employee Benefits Committee, and a member of the White House Task Force on Health Care Reform (1993-94), Mark’s books and articles include the co-edited volume (with William Gale and Peter Orszag), Aging Gracefully: Ideas to Improve Retirement Security in America (Century Fdn. Press, 2006).

A principal architect of the Saver’s Credit to expand 401(k) and IRA coverage of middle- and lower-income workers (claimed annually on some 6 million tax returns) and the “SIMPLE” IRA plan (covering an estimated 3 to 4 million workers), Mark co-authored President Obama’s legislative proposal to expand coverage through automatic IRAs.  In the 1990s, he formulated and directed Treasury’s strategy to increase retirement saving by defining, approving and promoting 401(k) automatic enrollment (as well as automatic rollover to curtail pension leakage).  He also has been centrally involved in developing or orchestrating many other significant improvements and simplifications of the nation’s pension and benefits systems, including expansion of automatic 401(k) features, promoting lifetime retirement income, IRS direct deposit of split income tax refunds into IRAs and US saving bonds, the “Universal Savings Accounts” proposal (1999-2000), payroll deduction IRAs, the small employer new plan tax credit, and the repeal of Code section 415(e).

While at Treasury in the 1990s, Mark was widely recognized for his work to expand coverage while simplifying and rationalizing benefits law and regulation.  In 2001 he received the Secretary of the Treasury’s Exceptional Service Award “[i]n recognition of his outstanding leadership and accomplishments ….Widely respected as Treasury’s benefits and pension expert, Mr. Iwry excelled at building coalitions of diverse interests….”  At Treasury, he worked closely with the private sector, Congress, and the IRS, held town hall meetings around the country, and received a special award from the IRS “[i]n recognition of the collegial working relationship you have fostered between [Treasury] and the IRS Office of Chief Counsel and of your many contributions to our nation’s tax system.”

Mark is an honors graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, received a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School, and is listed in Who’s Who, Best Lawyers in America, Washington DC Super Lawyers, etc.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel and a member of the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court.