Public Policy Comments and Letters

Life Reserves Working Group memo to New York Insurance Department about discount rates. (December 21, 2005)
Pension Practice Council letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) commenting on a GAO report about cash balance pension plans. The GAO responded to the PPC with a letter addressing council concerns. (December 5, 2005)
Letter from Pension Practice Council Vice-President Don Segal to the editor of the Financial Times responding to misrepresentations about the role of actuaries in pension accounting. (December 2, 2005)
Pension Practice Council request to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for a technical advice ruling related to IRS Circular 230 regulations. (October 3, 2005)
Workers' Compensation Subcommittee letter expressing concern about a Senate asbestos bill's effects on the workers' compensation system. (September 8, 2005)
Universal Life Work Group update of draft framework for principle-based life reserve valuation describing initial modeling results. (September 1, 2005)
Subgroup on LTC Experience Forms letter that addresses several issues raised by the NAIC in response to the Academy's Long-Term Care Experience Subgroup's May 20, 2005 letter with proposed revisions to the LTC experience reporting instructions and forms. (August 18, 2005)
Pension Accounting Committee letter to the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) about a FASB project to reconsider pension and other post-retirement benefit accounting. (August 18, 2005)
Extreme Events Committee comments on a Treasury Department study of TRIA, the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act. (August 2, 2005)
Federal Health Committee letter in response to HR 2355, the Health Care Choice Act of 2005, which contained language that would allow a non-actuary to offer statements of opinions on reserves. The letter recommended only a member of the Academy be permitted to provide such an opinion. (July 19, 2005)
Academy follow-up letter to GAO on the role of actuaries in insurance. (June 6, 2005)
Universal Life Work Group draft framework for principle-based life reserve valuation (Main report with hyperlinks to several other documents). (June 1, 2005)
Life Risk Based Capital Working Group status report on the Modco project. (June 1, 2005)
Academy letter to Sen. Ted Kennedy responding to questions related to Academy testimony on Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) reform. (May 31, 2005)
Committee on Property and Liability Financial Reporting comments in response to a draft "Statement of Principles Regarding Property and Casualty Loss and Loss Adjustment Expense Reserves" issued by the Casualty Actuarial Society's Task Force on Reserving Principles. (May 30, 2005)
Letter to the NAIC from the LTC Experience Forms Subgroup on proposed LTC loss experience exhibit forms (Forms 1, 2, and 3) along with the proposed instructions. This was updated in August 2005 in a subsequent letter to NAIC. (May 20, 2005)
Pension Committee letter to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) suggesting refinements to the relative value regulations. (May 10, 2005)
Pension Committee letter to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) about revisions to IRS Circular 230 and its application to actuarial work. (May 9, 2005)
Committee on Federal Health Issues comment letter on Coverage and Reimbursement of Genetic Tests and Services, a report of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society, and raises issues pertaining to genetic testing in general, health insurance markets, cost effectiveness data, and the Medicare and Medicaid programs. (May 5, 2005)
Multiemployer Plans Task Force letter to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) expressing concerns about the IRS position on crediting contributions for multiemployer pension plans. (March 22, 2005)