Mike Barry

Michael Barry

Senior Consultant, October Three


Michael P. Barry is a senior consultant at October Three and President of O3 Plan Advisory Services LLC, which provides retirement plan regulatory analysis targeted at plan sponsors and those who provide services to them. Plan Advisory Services publishes analyses of regulatory developments affecting private employer defined benefit and defined contribution plans, focusing on the challenges, opportunities, and consequences for sponsors that regulatory changes present. Mike has had over 40 years’ experience in the benefits field, in law and consulting firms, concentrating on the regulation of private employer DB and DC retirement plans.

Beginning law practice in 1976, the year that the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) became effective, Mike has worked with and studied the evolving complexities of regulation in this heavily regulated field. Before founding Plan Advisory Services in 1998, Mike was Managing Director at Bankers Trust and, before that, a New York benefits partner at LeBeouf, Lamb, Greene & McRae. He writes a regular column for PLANSPONSOR magazine ("Barry’s Pickings"). Mike blogs at moneyvstime.com, and you can follow him on Twitter @PlanAdvisorySvc. His book – Retirement Savings Policy – Past, Present, and Future, published by De|G PRESS – will be out in September 2018.


The future of DC outsourcing

October 2019
This paper provides an overview on DC outsourcing, covering everything from the fundamentals (why, what, and how to outsource), contracting, and issues of residual fiduciary liability.

What to outsource?

October 2019
This paper explores how DC plan sponsors should think about what functions to outsource and provides a client case study challenge, including Russell Investments’ solution and outcome.

Selecting a DC plan outsourcer

September 2019
This paper examines three basic principles that should guide the selection of a DC outsourcing provider and three types of firms that provide outsourcing services.

Fiduciary outsourcing: What liability does the sponsor retain?

July 2019
How much ERISA fiduciary liability can a plan sponsor/employer avoid or "outsource" using an outsourced CIO approach? This paper addresses that very question.