An Overview of Cross-Practice Standards

Oct. 19, 2016
Noon-1:30 p.m. EDT

While the large majority of current and prospective ASOPs apply to specific areas of actuarial practice, the ASB has promulgated, and is in the process of developing, a number of ASOPs that apply to all practice areas. These “cross-practice” standards are valuable in that they are intended to create a baseline for appropriate actuarial practice. This webinar presented an overview of the value and challenges of cross-practice standards by looking at ASOP No. 1 (Introductory ASOP), ASOP No. 23 (Data Quality), ASOP No. 25 (Credibility Procedures), and ASOP No. 41 (Actuarial Communications), as well as some of the proposed standards on modeling and assumptions that are now in development, and discussed their relationship to practice-specific standards and the practicing actuary.


Maryellen Coggins, MAAA, FCAS, CERA
Chairperson, Actuarial Standards Board

Maryellen Coggins is chairperson of the Actuarial Standards Board (ASB) and managing director at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Boston. Coggins is a casualty actuary by background and practiced in more traditional property and casualty actuarial roles before shifting her focus to enterprise risk management (ERM). She previously worked on the ASB’s ERM Committee as it worked to develop actuarial standards of practice (ASOPs) No. 46, Risk Evaluation in Enterprise Management, and No. 47, Risk Treatment in Enterprise Management. She is a member of a task force that is working on a proposed modeling ASOP, and served as vice president of the Academy’s Risk Management and Financial Reporting Council for two years.

Beth Fitzgerald, MAAA, FCAS, CPCU, FCIA
Vice Chairperson, Finance, Actuarial Standards Board
Beth Fitzgerald is the ASB vice chairperson for finance and president of ISO Solutions, a leader in comprehensive insurance analytics solutions for the property/casualty insurance industry, including risk assessment reflecting sophisticated actuarial methods to predict and quantify loss, covering both commercial and personal lines. As president, she oversees strategy, technology, and operations, and leads a team in the development of innovative, predictive analytic tools for the changing needs of today’s insurers. Fitzgerald is widely viewed as a thought leader in risk management and insurance, including predictive modeling, data analytics, modern actuarial standards, and emerging issues such as big data, cyber, and drones.

Frank Todisco, MAAA, FSA, FCA, EA
Vice Chairperson, Operations, Actuarial Standards Board
Frank Todisco is the ASB vice chairperson for operations and chief actuary at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). As chief actuary, he serves as an expert advisor to GAO mission teams and the Congress on actuarial issues of national interest, including those related to retirement security, health care, life and casualty insurance, and major federal programs and policies in these areas. Todisco is a nationally recognized expert on retirement security issues, including those related to Social Security, traditional defined benefit pension plans (both public sector and private sector), and defined contribution plans and lifetime income issues. He has spoken and written frequently on these subjects. Todisco is also former chairperson of the ASB Pension Committee. Prior to joining GAO, Todisco was the American Academy of Actuaries’ senior pension fellow, where he facilitated the formulation of sound retirement policy by providing nonpartisan technical assistance to Congress, federal regulators, and other public policymakers.

Paul Kollmer-Dorsey

Academy General Counsel and Director of Professionalism

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*The opinions expressed by the panelists during this presentation do not represent the opinions of any of the panelists’ employers or any boards or committees of the Academy or the Actuarial Standards Board or the Actuarial Board for Counseling and Discipline.

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