Social Security Committee

The committee's mission is to bring to the public and the United States actuarial profession expertise regarding the United States social insurance systems with a principal focus on Social Security. Within the scope of this mission, the committee provides independent and objective analysis, advice, and education to stakeholders of social insurance plans with respect to financing, annual reporting, managing system risks, and program design.


Staff liaison: Monica Konate´

Chairperson: Timothy Leier
Vice Chairperson: Mark Shemtob
Robert Alps
Chester Andrzejewski
Janet Barr
Douglas Eckley
Ronald Gebhardtsbauer
Karen Glenn
Theodore Goldman
Stephen Goss
Leslie Lohmann
John Nylander
Brendan O'Farrell
Jeffery Rykhus
Jason Schultz
Joan Weiss
Ali Zaker-Shahrak

Related Publications

Social Security Committee issue brief on 2017 Social Security Trustees Report examining the program’s long-term solvency issues and recommending that Congress should act soon to improve the long-term financial outlook of the program. (July 31, 2017)
Social Security Committee issue brief that discusses gender-related factors that can cause differences to the benefits women and men receive from Social Security. (May 12, 2017)
Social Security Committee issue brief exploring possible design changes to Social Security to address issues faced by a growing part of the U.S. population who may attain advanced ages and lack adequate resources. (June 30, 2016)
Social Security Committee issue brief on 2016 Social Security Trustees Report examining the program’s long-term solvency issues and recommending that Congress should act soon to improve the long-term financial outlook of the program.
(June 27, 2016)
Social Security Committee issue brief on the Disability Insurance Trust Fund shortfall and ways to improve its long-term financial viability.
(August 20, 2015)
Social Security Committee issue brief on 2015 Social Security Trustees Report examining the social insurance program’s long-term solvency issues and recommending that Congress should act soon to improve the long-term financial outlook of the program. (July 29, 2015)
Janet Barr, former chairperson of the Academy’s Social Security Committee, post-hearing testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance following its hearing on “Social Security: Is a Key Foundation of Economic Security Working for Women?” (January 15, 2015)
Social Security Committee issue brief on 2014 Social Security Trustees Report examining the social insurance program’s long-term solvency and stating that Congress should act soon to improve the long-term financial outlook of Social Security. (October 21, 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)
Social Security Committee issue brief analyzing Social Security design changes that would create a defined contribution system within the program for workers to accumulate contributions in individual accounts to fund their retirement income. (May 27, 2014)