Edwards is currently director of the Center On Poverty, Work And Opportunity at the University of North Carolina. Kemp heads Kemp Partners, a Washington, D.C., consulting firm. Automating 401(k)s is an important step to ensure that seniors don't fall into poverty once they retire, Edwards said.
The two former political leaders are getting support services and research for their drive from Retirement Security Project. RSP publishes policy briefs and legislative analyses and is funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute and the Brookings Institution. Insiders at RSP said Edwards and Kemp would fit their meetings with corporate pension officials over a period of time as their busy schedules permitted.