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Fiduciary Advisers.--
            ``(1) In general.--The requirements of this subsection are 
        met in connection with the provision of investment advice 
        referred to in section 3(21)(A)(ii), provided to an employee 
        benefit plan or a participant or beneficiary of an employee 
        benefit plan by a fiduciary adviser with respect to the plan in 
        connection with any sale, acquisition, or holding of a security 
        or other property for purposes of investment of amounts held by 
        the plan, if--
                    ``(A) in the case of the initial provision of the 
                advice with regard to the security or other property by 
                the fiduciary adviser to the plan, participant, or 
                beneficiary, the fiduciary adviser provides to the 
                recipient of the advice, at a time reasonably 
                contemporaneous with the initial provision of the 
                advice, a written notification (which may consist of 
                notification by means of electronic communication)--
                            ``(i) of all fees or other compensation 
                        relating to the advice that the fiduciary 
                        adviser or any affiliate thereof is to receive 
                        (including compensation provided by any third 
                        party) in connection with the provision of the 
                        advice or in connection with the sale, 
                        acquisition, or holding of the security or 
                        other property,
                            ``(ii) of any material affiliation or 
                        contractual relationship of the fiduciary 
                        adviser or affiliates thereof in the security 
                        or other property,
                            ``(iii) of any limitation placed on the 
                        scope of the investment advice to be provided 
                        by the fiduciary adviser with respect to any 
                        such sale, acquisition, or holding of a 
                        security or other property,
                            ``(iv) of the types of services provided by 
                        the fiduciary adviser in connection with the 
                        provision of investment advice by the fiduciary 
                        adviser,
                            ``(v) that the adviser is acting as a 
                        fiduciary of the plan in connection with the 
                        provision of the advice, and
                            ``(vi) that a recipient of the advice may 
                        separately arrange for the provision of advice 
                        by another adviser, that could have no material 
                        affiliation with and receive no fees or other 
                        compensation in connection with the security or 
                        other property,
                    ``(B) the fiduciary adviser provides appropriate 
                disclosure, in connection with the sale, acquisition, 
                or holding of the security or other property, in 
                accordance with all applicable securities laws,
                    ``(C) the sale, acquisition, or holding occurs 
                solely at the direction of the recipient of the advice,
                    ``(D) the compensation received by the fiduciary 
                adviser and affiliates thereof in connection with the 
                sale, acquisition, or holding of the security or other 
                property is reasonable, and
                    ``(E) the terms of the sale, acquisition, or 
                holding of the security or other property are at least 
                as favorable to the plan as an arm's length transaction 
                would be.
            ``(2) Standards for presentation of information.--
                    ``(A) In general.--The notification required to be 
                provided to participants and beneficiaries under 
                paragraph (1)(A) shall be written in a clear and 
                conspicuous manner and in a manner calculated to be 
                understood by the average plan participant and shall be 
                sufficiently accurate and comprehensive to reasonably 
                apprise such participants and beneficiaries of the 
                information required to be provided in the 
                notification.
                    ``(B) Model form for disclosure of fees and other 
                compensation.--The Secretary shall issue a model form 
                for the disclosure of fees and other compensation 
                required in paragraph (1)(A)(i) which meets the 
                requirements of subparagraph (A).
            ``(3) Exemption conditioned on making required information 
        available annually, on request, and in the event of material 
        change.--The requirements of paragraph (1)(A) shall be deemed 
        not to have been met in connection with the initial or any 
        subsequent provision of advice described in paragraph (1) to 
        the plan, participant, or beneficiary if, at any time during 
        the provision of advisory services to the plan, participant, or 
        beneficiary, the fiduciary adviser fails to maintain the 
        information described in clauses (i) through (iv) of 
        subparagraph (A) in currently accurate form and in the manner 
        described in paragraph (2) or fails--
                    ``(A) to provide, without charge, such currently 
                accurate information to the recipient of the advice no 
                less than annually,
                    ``(B) to make such currently accurate information 
                available, upon request and without charge, to the 
                recipient of the advice, or
                    ``(C) in the event of a material change to the 
                information described in clauses (i) through (iv) of 
                paragraph (1)(A), to provide, without charge, such 
                currently accurate information to the recipient of the 
                advice at a time reasonably contemporaneous to the 
                material change in information.
            ``(4) Maintenance for 6 years of evidence of compliance.--A 
        fiduciary adviser referred to in paragraph (1) who has provided 
        advice referred to in such paragraph shall, for a period of not 
        less than 6 years after the provision of the advice, maintain 
any records necessary for determining whether the requirements of the 
preceding provisions of this subsection and of subsection (b)(14) have 
been met. A transaction prohibited under section 406 shall not be 
considered to have occurred solely because the records are lost or 
destroyed prior to the end of the 6-year period due to circumstances 
beyond the control of the fiduciary adviser.
            ``(5) Exemption for plan sponsor and certain other 
        fiduciaries.--
                    ``(A) In general.--Subject to subparagraph (B), a 
                plan sponsor or other person who is a fiduciary (other 
                than a fiduciary adviser) shall not be treated as 
                failing to meet the requirements of this part solely by 
                reason of the provision of investment advice referred 
                to in section 3(21)(A)(ii) (or solely by reason of 
                contracting for or otherwise arranging for the 
                provision of the advice), if--
                            ``(i) the advice is provided by a fiduciary 
                        adviser pursuant to an arrangement between the 
                        plan sponsor or other fiduciary and the 
                        fiduciary adviser for the provision by the 
                        fiduciary adviser of investment advice referred 
                        to in such section,
                            ``(ii) the terms of the arrangement require 
                        compliance by the fiduciary adviser with the 
                        requirements of this subsection, and
                            ``(iii) the terms of the arrangement 
                        include a written acknowledgment by the 
                        fiduciary adviser that the fiduciary adviser is 
                        a fiduciary of the plan with respect to the 
                        provision of the advice.
                    ``(B) Continued duty of prudent selection of 
                adviser and periodic review.--Nothing in subparagraph 
                (A) shall be construed to exempt a plan sponsor or 
                other person who is a fiduciary from any requirement of 
                this part for the prudent selection and periodic review 
                of a fiduciary adviser with whom the plan sponsor or 
                other person enters into an arrangement for the 
                provision of advice referred to in section 
                3(21)(A)(ii). The plan sponsor or other person who is a 
                fiduciary has no duty under this part to monitor the 
                specific investment advice given by the fiduciary 
                adviser to any particular recipient of the advice.
                    ``(C) Availability of plan assets for payment for 
                advice.--Nothing in this part shall be construed to 
                preclude the use of plan assets to pay for reasonable 
                expenses in providing investment advice referred to in 
                section 3(21)(A)(ii).
            ``(6) Definitions.--For purposes of this subsection and 
        subsection (b)(14)--
                    ``(A) Fiduciary adviser.--The term `fiduciary 
                adviser' means, with respect to a plan, a person who is 
                a fiduciary of the plan by reason of the provision of 
                investment advice by the person to the plan or to a 
                participant or beneficiary and who is--
                            ``(i) registered as an investment adviser 
                        under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (15 
                        U.S.C. 80b-1 et seq.) or under the laws of the 
                        State in which the fiduciary maintains its 
                        principal office and place of business,
                            ``(ii) a bank or similar financial 
                        institution referred to in section 408(b)(4) or 
                        a savings association (as defined in section 
                        3(b)(1) of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act 
                        (12 U.S.C. 1813(b)(1))), but only if the advice 
                        is provided through a trust department of the 
                        bank or similar financial institution or 
                        savings association which is subject to 
                        periodic examination and review by Federal or 
                        State banking authorities,
                            ``(iii) an insurance company qualified to 
                        do business under the laws of a State,
                            ``(iv) a person registered as a broker or 
                        dealer under the Securities Exchange Act of 
                        1934 (15 U.S.C. 78a et seq.),
                            ``(v) an affiliate of a person described in 
                        any of clauses (i) through (iv), or
                            ``(vi) an employee, agent, or registered 
                        representative of a person described in any of 
                        clauses (i) through (v) who satisfies the 
                        requirements of applicable insurance, banking, 
                        and securities laws relating to the provision 
                        of the advice.
                    ``(B) Affiliate.--The term `affiliate' of another 
                entity means an affiliated person of the entity (as 
                defined in section 2(a)(3) of the Investment Company 
                Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a-2(a)(3))).
                    ``(C) Registered representative.--The term 
                `registered representative' of another entity means a 
                person described in section 3(a)(18) of the Securities 
                Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78c(a)(18)) 
                (substituting the entity for the broker or dealer 
                referred to in such section) or a person described in 
                section 202(a)(17) of the Investment Advisers Act of 
                1940 (15 U.S.C. 80b-2(a)(17)) (substituting the entity 
                for the investment adviser referred to in such 
                section).''.
    (b) Amendments to the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.--
            (1) Exemption from prohibited transactions.--Subsection (d) 
        of section 4975 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (relating 
        to exemptions from tax on prohibited transactions) is amended--
                    (A) in paragraph (14), by striking ``or'' at the 
                end;
                    (B) in paragraph (15), by striking the period at 
                the end and inserting ``; or''; and
                    (C) by adding at the end the following new 
                paragraph:
            ``(16) any transaction described in subsection (f)(7)(A) in 
        connection with the provision of investment advice described in 
        subsection (e)(3)(B)(i), in any case in which--
                    ``(A) the investment of assets of the plan is 
                subject to the direction of plan participants or 
                beneficiaries,
                    ``(B) the advice is provided to the plan or a 
                participant or beneficiary of the plan by a fiduciary 
                adviser in connection with any sale, acquisition, or 
                holding of a security or other property for purposes of 
                investment of plan assets, and
                    ``(C) the requirements of subsection (f)(7)(B) are 
                met in connection with the provision of the advice.''.
            (2) Allowed transactions and requirements.--Subsection (f) 
        of such section 4975 (relating to other definitions and special 
        rules) is amended by adding at the end the following new 
        paragraph:
            ``(7) Provisions relating to investment advice provided by 
        fiduciary advisers.--
                    ``(A) Transactions allowable in connection with 
                investment advice provided by fiduciary advisers.--The 
                transactions referred to in subsection (d)(16), in 
                connection with the provision of investment advice by a 
                fiduciary adviser, are the following:
                            ``(i) the provision of the advice to the 
                        plan, participant, or beneficiary;
                            ``(ii) the sale, acquisition, or holding of 
                        a security or other property (including any 
                        lending of money or other extension of credit 
                        associated with the sale, acquisition, or 
                        holding of a security or other property) 
                        pursuant to the advice; and
                            ``(iii) the direct or indirect receipt of 
                        fees or other compensation by the fiduciary 
                        adviser or an affiliate thereof (or any 
                        employee, agent, or registered representative 
                        of the fiduciary adviser or affiliate) in 
                        connection with the provision of the advice or 
                        in connection with a sale, acquisition, or 
                        holding of a security or other property 
                        pursuant to the advice.
                    ``(B) Requirements relating to provision of 
                investment advice by fiduciary advisers.--The 
                requirements of this subparagraph (referred to in 
                subsection (d)(16)(C)) are met in connection with the 
                provision of investment advice referred to in 
                subsection (e)(3)(B), provided to a plan or a 
                participant or beneficiary of a plan by a fiduciary 
                adviser with respect to the plan in connection with any 
                sale, acquisition, or holding of a security or other 
                property for purposes of investment of amounts held by 
                the plan, if--
                            ``(i) in the case of the initial provision 
                        of the advice with regard to the security or 
                        other property by the fiduciary adviser to the 
                        plan, participant, or beneficiary, the 
                        fiduciary adviser provides to the recipient of 
                        the advice, at a time reasonably 
                        contemporaneous with the initial provision of 
                        the advice, a written notification (which may 
                        consist of notification by means of electronic 
                        communication)--
                                    ``(I) of all fees or other 
                                compensation relating to the advice 
                                that the fiduciary adviser or any 
                                affiliate thereof is to receive 
                                (including compensation provided by any 
                                third party) in connection with the 
                                provision of the advice or in 
                                connection with the sale, acquisition, 
                                or holding of the security or other 
                                property,
                                    ``(II) of any material affiliation 
                                or contractual relationship of the 
                                fiduciary adviser or affiliates thereof 
                                in the security or other property,
                                    ``(III) of any limitation placed on 
                                the scope of the investment advice to 
                                be provided by the fiduciary adviser 
                                with respect to any such sale, 
                                acquisition, or holding of a security 
                                or other property,
                                    ``(IV) of the types of services 
                                provided by the fiduciary adviser in 
                                connection with the provision of 
                                investment advice by the fiduciary 
                                adviser,
                                    ``(V) that the adviser is acting as 
                                a fiduciary of the plan in connection 
                                with the provision of the advice, and
                                    ``(VI) that a recipient of the 

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