2022 Financial Security, Liveable Communities Archives


The following documents related to consumer affairs, financial security, and livable communities issues that benefit people 50 and older are presented in reverse chronological order.

May

L : On May 3, 2022, AARP sent a letter to U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) endorsing the SSI Savings Penalty Elimination Act. This legislation would bring long-awaited updates to asset limits under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, encourage personal savings among SSI recipients, and increase access to financial assistance for those who need it most, including older Americans. (PDF)

L : On May 2, 2022, AARP sent a letter to U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Rob Portman (R-OH) in support of the Deportation Crisis Act (S. 2182), which would help promote stable housing for millions of low-income people. – income renters and their families across the country. This bipartisan legislation addresses a serious and growing problem that affects millions of Americans and increasingly affects older adults. (PDF)

April

VS : On April 29, 2022, AARP submitted comments to the Federal Highway Administration in response to a request for information regarding the implementation of the Infrastructure Investment and Employment Act (IIJA). The significant levels of investment provided by the IIJA provide a historic opportunity to provide a safer and more accessible transportation system to help meet the diverse needs of our members and all Americans. In the comments, AARP noted five goals for transportation that the FWHA should focus on: improving mobility, ensuring affordability, ensuring equity, prioritizing accessibility, and supporting sustainability and a mode healthy life. (PDF)

VS : On April 13, 2022, AARP submitted a letter to the Employee Benefits Security Administration with comments on the U.S. Department of Labor’s proposal to change its procedures governing the filing and processing of exemption requests. prohibited transactions. AARP supports changes to the prohibited transaction process because it focuses on the interests and protection of participants and beneficiaries. In particular, AARP supports the requirement that an independent appraiser, auditor, or accountant include a signed and dated statement under penalty of perjury that, to the best of his knowledge and belief, all statements made in any statements in support of the exemption are true and correct. (PDF)

VS : On April 11, 2022, AARP submitted a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in response to the Bureau’s request for comment regarding fees charged by providers of consumer financial products or services. Called “junk fees,” such as overdraft fees or account inactivity fees, AARP has provided a variety of commentary on these types of fees, as the CFPB seeks to act decisively to reign in these practices. anti-consumer. (PDF)

March

S: On March 31, 2022, Shannon Guzman, MCP, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor at AARP Public Policy Institute, testified on behalf of AARP before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs for a hearing titled “Affordability and Accessibility: Housing Needs of American Seniors.” The current state of housing is precarious for too many seniors and their families, threatening their quality of life. As the elderly population grows in the coming years, concrete action is needed at all levels and across society to prepare to meet the housing needs of older people. (PDF)

L : On March 28, 2022, AARP sent a letter to Chairman Richard Neal and Ranking Member Kevin Brady of the United States House Committee on Ways and Means, and Chairman Robert Scott and Ranking Member Virginia Foxx of the United States House Committee on Education and Labor in support of the Securing a Strong Retirement Act of 2022. While Social Security continues to be the foundation of retirement income for most workers Americans and their families, individuals want and need additional sources of retirement income. This bipartisan legislation would make several important improvements to the current legislation. (PDF)

VS : On March 24, 2022, AARP submitted comments in response to the Federal Communications Commission regarding empowering broadband consumers through transparency. AARP’s review of the opening comments reveals widespread support among consumer advocacy groups, as well as individual consumers, for broadband labels along the lines of those contained in the 2016 Public Notice. service providers agree that the Commission should adopt labels, and small Internet Service Providers (ISPs) express support for the use of labels. As noted by Consumer Reports et al., the essential nature of broadband services requires clear labels to avoid confusing practices employed by some ISPs. (PDF)

L : On March 9, 2022, AARP sent a letter to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs regarding the launch of the Hiring Initiative to Reimagine the Equity (HIRE) to help address key hiring and recruitment challenges that prevent or hinder under-representation. communities to access good jobs. Given AARP’s long history of fighting to remove discrimination-based barriers to hiring, especially for older job seekers, AARP has formally requested the opportunity to be included in this initiative. on behalf of older workers. (PDF)

VS : On Wednesday, March 9, AARP filed comments in response to the FCC’s recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), which sought comment on the requirement that broadband providers display easy-to-understand labels that disclose accurate information at the point of sale. on pricing, introductory rates, data allowances, broadband speeds and management practices, among others. As a result, these “broadband nutrition labels”, included in last year’s bipartisan infrastructure law, will promote competition between broadband providers now that this information is readily available, including helping to lower prices for consumers and reduce levels of fraud by suppliers (hidden fees, monthly introductory or long-term fees, etc.). The IIJA requires the FCC to adopt broadband consumer labeling rules by November 2022. (PDF)

February

L : On February 17, 2022, AARP sent a letter to U.S. Senators Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Mike Crapo (R-IN) endorsing the enhancement of Social Security Service for Identity Theft Victims Act. The law would streamline and improve the assistance provided by the Social Security Administration to people whose Social Security number has been stolen or misused. This help would be welcome for the victims of these crimes who are caught in an often overwhelming situation. (PDF)

VS : On February 4, 2022, AARP made formal comments to the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) regarding the implementation of the Infrastructure Investment and Employment Act . Under this act, the NTIA is entrusted with overseeing a significant and potentially transformative investment to achieve the goal of universal broadband access and adoption. NTIA will administer some of the largest grant programs for broadband deployment ($42.45 billion) and digital equity ($2.75 billion), which will determine how funds are allocated and monitored. . AARP’s comments urge NTIA to leverage existing federal and state broadband subsidy frameworks to identify a set of best practices and also to be willing to adapt its rules as it (and states ) gains additional experience. (PDF)

January

L : On January 19, 2022, AARP sent a letter to U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Tim Scott (R-SC), Raphael Warnock (D-GA), and Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) expressing their support to the Empowering Act to protect older people from bad actors. The law would provide older Americans with a new defense against financial abuse and investment scams designed to exploit them. Specifically, the bill would implement and modernize the Senior Investor Protection Grant Program, established by law in 2010. (PDF)

Sarah J. Greer