The Pension Practice Council (PPC) provides objective technical expertise to policymakers and regulators on major retirement policy issues, including Social Security, defined benefit pension plans, and retiree health.

Social Security
Financial sustainability and other topics related to the Social Security program.
Retirement Policy
Long term retirement policy, including the effects of legislation and regulations on retirement benefits, and emerging issues affecting retirement plans.
Public Pension Plans
State and local government employee benefit plans’ funding, financial reporting, financial risks and plan design, and actuarial standards of practice related to public plans.
Pension Accounting and Finance
Financial reporting related to retirement plans, developments from national and international accounting standards-setting bodies, recent policy developments, and new regulations and standards.
Retiree Health
Addresses issues surrounding bipartisan solutions to reform the U.S. health care system and restore retirement security for all Americans.
Multiemployer Pension Plans
Multiemployer plans’ funding, financial reporting, financial risks, and plan design.

Pension News

Several Academy members presented at the National Conference of Insurance Legislators’ summer meeting in Boston, July 9-13. Mike Angelina, vice president of the Casualty Practice Council, presented on the evolving role of the private market in providing flood insurance, and Senior Life Fellow Nancy Bennett offered an update on principle-based reserving (PBR) implementation that included a legislation-in-brief document and FAQs. Ellen Kleinstuber, vice-chairperson of the Pension Committee, discussed NCOIL’s proposed Pension De-Risking Model Act in the wake of the Pension Committee sending a letter to NCOIL on the proposal last week. (July 12, 2014)
The Pension Committee submitted comments to the Society of Actuaries’ Retirement Plans Experience Committee on the RP-2014 and MP-2014 exposure drafts. (May 29, 2014)
The Social Security Committee released an issue brief that analyzes Social Security design changes to create a defined contribution system within the program for workers to accumulate contributions in individual accounts to fund their retirement income. (May 27, 2014)
The Social Security Committee updated its issue brief on the quantitative measures policymakers can use while evaluating Social Security reform. (May 2, 2014)

Pension Public Statements

Comments and letters

Comments, analysis, or explanatory material prepared for an external audience on behalf of an Academy group or the Academy as a whole; these include letters, memos, reports, and fact sheets.

Issue briefs

Analyses of major actuarial or public policy issues written primarily for policy-makers, regulators, the news media, and the public.

Policy papers

Include white papers and monographs which are longer, more detailed analyses of major actuarial or public policy issues written primarily for policy-makers, regulators, the news media, and the public. Includes monographs and white papers.


Slides presented by the Academy at webinars, seminars, briefings, hearings, or other meetings and events.

Reports to the NAIC

The Academy works with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) on the creation and refinement of sensible, effective regulation. These reports and related documents highlight the NAIC-related work of the pension practice councils.


Written and oral testimony provided to Congress or to other governmental and quasigovernmental bodies.

Practice Notes

Practice notes

Generally written in a Q&A format, practice notes offer examples of current and emerging approaches to selected actuarial tasks. They are intended to supplement the available actuarial literature, especially where the practices addressed are subject to evolving technology, recently adopted external requirements, or advances in actuarial science and other applicable disciplines.