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

The Pension Committee sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department regarding guidance needed regarding the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014.  (August 26, 2014)
The Academy published a new Essential Elements paper, Securing Social Security, that examines the long-term solvency challenges facing the nation’s largest social insurance program and approaches that could provide adequate long-term financing for the program. Essential Elements is a series designed to make actuarial analyses of public policy issues clearer to general audiences. (July 28, 2014)
The Pension Practice Council (PPC) and Pension Finance Task Force (PFTF) submitted letters to Congressional leaders on concerns about proposals to raise revenues by changing private sector pension law to offset unrelated spending increases.
(July 25, 2014)
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)

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.