Information For Vendors
CCC serves as the clearing house for all aspects of plan administration except for the standard Payroll functions of receiving Salary Reduction Agreements, data entry into the Payroll system, and remittance of contributions to investment companies. The For Vendors main site button up top leads to Vendor-specific information designed to assist vendors in providing up-to-date company and agent information and to assist vendors in seeking payroll slots.
This website is updated on a regular basis to communicate complete and accurate information. We welcome your feedback concerning the website. Please contact us if you have comments or suggestions.
CCC's Relationship with Columbia Gorge ESD
CCC serves as the third party administrator (TPA) of the 403(b) Tax-Sheltered Annuity Plan (TSA) for Columbia Gorge ESD on a contractual basis, which began on 3/30/2008. Columbia Gorge ESD is a Full-Service CCC Client. CCC is the primary point of contact for any questions concerning the Columbia Gorge ESD 403(b) Plan, please contact us with any questions.
Additional Tax-Deferred Savings Information
CCC provides educational information about advantages of tax deferred savings in general, along with links to websites that provide useful commentary and tools. Employer policies, practices, and procedures are available online, along with enrollment steps, Salary Reduction Agreement forms, and instructions for changing investment companies or contribution amounts. CCC monitors contributions for IRS compliance.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you still have questions about your employer's 403(b) plan after browsing other pages of this website, check out the answers to these Frequently Asked Questions.
Information Of General Interest
CCC provides general information that may be of interest, including CCC information & services, employee/participant resources, employer resources, vendor resources, and current CCC clients.
Plan Document for Columbia Gorge ESD
If you'd like to review the most recent Columbia Gorge ESD iteration/draft of its 403(b) Plan Document that will govern 403(b) policies for Employees of Columbia Gorge ESD beginning 1/1/2009, you may do so here. Once the Plan Document is officially adopted by the Employer's Board, the "Draft - Not Effective" banner will be removed.
Payroll Slot Rules and Requirements to Receive Exchanges and Transfers
Rules concerning payroll slots and becoming an eligible vendor to receive exchanges and transfers under the plan are contained in the plan document for Columbia Gorge ESD. We encourage vendors to contact CCC for assistance with these processes. The relevant plan document sections for Columbia Gorge ESD are linked below:
- Requirements to Gain and Maintain Active or Inactive Payroll Slots;
- Requirements to become eligible to receive Exchanges Within, Plan-to-Plan Transfers Into, and Direct Rollovers Into 403(b) Plans of CCC Full-Service Client Employers;
Which Optional Features Does the District Allow in its 403(b) Plan?
403(b) Optional features are either included in, or excluded from, the Plan, as specified below and as further described in the parenthetically referenced sections in the Plan Document for Columbia Gorge ESD. These options are listed here in abstract for convenient reference:
Catch-ups under the Plan
- 15 Years-of-Service Catch-up Elective Deferral Contributions: Yes
- Age 50 Catch-up Elective Deferral Contributions: Yes
Contributions to the Plan
- Direct Rollovers Into the Plan: Yes
- Employer Contributions Allowed: Yes
- Employer Post Severance Contributions Allowed: No
- Exchanges Within the Plan: Yes
- Roth Contributions: Yes
Other Plan Transactions
- Hardship Distributions: Yes
- In-service Distributions After Age 59-1/2: Yes
- In-service Distributions From Rollover Accounts: Yes
- Loans: Yes
- Permissive Service Credit Transfers: Yes
- Plan-to-Plan Transfers To the Plan: Yes
- Plan-to-Plan Transfers From the Plan: Yes
Roth Contributions Available
Columbia Gorge ESD has decided to allow its employees to make Roth 403(b) contributions to any Columbia Gorge ESD vendor that will accept such contributions. General information about Roth 403(b) contributions, which became available for the first time January 1, 2006, is available. Check the link periodically, since new information will be provided as it becomes available. For the most recent information about which vendors accept Roth 403(b) contributions, please see Vendors below. Again, check these lists periodically, since additional vendors are likely to begin accepting Roth 403(b) contributions.
List of Vendors
For a list of 403(b) Contribution Vendors for Columbia Gorge ESD, along with additional Vendor information, please visit the List of Vendors page.
Transaction Types - Definitions
Click here for information about the various types of transactions associated with 403(b)accounts and information concerning the submission of transactions to CCC.