3305.03 Ohio Board of regents to designate entities eligible to provide investment options; periodic reviews.

(A) The Ohio board of regents shall designate the entities that are eligible to provide investment options under alternative retirement plans maintained by public institutions of higher education. The board shall accept and review applications from entities seeking designation as a vendor. The board shall not designate an entity as a vendor unless the entity meets the requirements described in division (B) of this section.

(B) To be eligible for designation as a vendor, an entity must meet both of the following requirements:

(1) The entity must be authorized to conduct business in this state with regard to the investment options to be offered under an alternative retirement plan maintained by a public institution of higher education.

(2) The entity must meet one of the following requirements:

(a) Have provided investment options for not less than ten years under alternative retirement plans maintained by public institutions of higher education in this state;

(b) Offer the same or similar investment options under alternative retirement plans, optional retirement plans, or similar types of plans with respect to which all of the following apply:

(i) The plans are defined contribution plans that are qualified plans under Internal Revenue Code 401(a) or 403(b).

(ii) The plans are maintained by institutions of higher education in at least ten other states.

(iii) The plans are established as primary retirement plans that are alternatives to or a component of the applicable state retirement system.

(C) In determining whether to designate an entity as a vendor, the board of regents shall identify, consider, and evaluate all of the following:

(1) The experience of the entity in providing in this state or other states investment options under alternative retirement plans, optional retirement plans, or similar types of plans that meet the requirements of division (B)(2)(a) or (b) of this section, as applicable;

(2) The potential effectiveness of the entity in recruiting eligible employees to select that entity for purposes of participating in an alternative retirement plan and in retaining those employees' accounts;

(3) Whether the entity intends to offer a broad range of investment options to the electing employees;

(4) The suitability of the investment options to the needs and interests of the electing employees and their beneficiaries;

(5) The capability of the entity to offer sufficient information to the electing employees and their beneficiaries to make informed decisions with regard to investment options offered by the entity;

(6) The capability of the entity to perform in a manner that is in the best interests of the electing employees and their beneficiaries;

(7) The fees and expenses associated with the entity's investment options and the manner in which the entity intends to disclose those fees and expenses;

(8) The rights and benefits to be provided under the investment options;

(9) The capability of the entity to provide the rights and benefits under the investment options;

(10) Comments submitted by a public institution of higher education under section 3305.031 of the Revised Code;

(11) Any other matters the board of regents considers relevant.

(D) The board of regents shall conduct periodic reviews of each entity designated as a vendor and the investment options being offered to ensure that the requirements and purposes of this chapter are being met. The reviews of a vendor shall occur not less frequently than once every three years.

If it finds that the vendor is not in compliance with the requirements of this chapter or the vendor is not satisfactorily meeting the purposes of this chapter, the board shall rescind the vendor's designation.

(E) Notwithstanding sections 125.01 to 125.11 of the Revised Code, designation of a vendor or the execution of any agreement under this chapter is not subject to competitive bidding under those sections.

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.127, HB 487, §101.01, eff. 9/10/2012.

Effective Date: 04-01-2001; 08-01-2005