Professionalism News and Events

The Academy has launched the U.S. Qualification Standards Attestation Form, which was developed to help actuaries voluntarily demonstrate how they meet the U.S. Qualification Standards (USQS) specific requirements for signing NAIC annual life, health, and property & casualty statements of actuarial opinion (SAOs). If you do not issue NAIC annual statements, you can still use the Attestation Form to attest to the general qualifications of the USQS. Read more about the Attestation Form here. To go directly to the form, click here. (January 13, 2016)
The Applicability Guidelines for Actuarial Standards of Practice (ASOPs) have been updated to include ASOP No. 50, Determining Minimum Value and Actuarial Value under the Affordable Care Act. Also, in response to continuing inquiries, the Committee on Qualifications recently added more information to one of the questions in the FAQs on the U.S. Qualification Standards. The revision to question No. 31—“Is ‘on the job’ learning considered continuing education?”—may be found online.  (December 07, 2015)
The Academy continued its dialog with insurance regulators on a wide variety of issues, including long-term care insurance, automobile insurance, risk-based capital, and principle-based reserving at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners 2015 Fall National Meeting held November 19-22 at National Harbor, outside of Washington, DC. Read the Academy Alert here.  (November 25, 2015)
Academy professionalism representatives provided updates at each of the actuarial task force meetings this week at the NAIC to brief regulators on Actuarial Standards Board (ASB), Actuarial Board for Counseling and Discipline (ABCD), and qualification issues. They also provided an opportunity for candid conversations with regulators at a breakfast meeting on Thursday. Immediate Past President Mary D. Miller, ASB Chairperson Tricia Matson, ABCD member John Purple, and Committee on Qualifications member Tom Campbell presented. Miller highlighted the progress on the Academy’s development of an attestation form, which regulators have supported and provided feedback on, that will allow actuaries submitting statements of actuarial opinion to document their qualifications under the U.S. Qualification Standards. The Academy expects a working version of the form to be available by the end of the year.  (November 23, 2015)
The Academy and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (CIA) have released a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document that reflects our common understanding of how the long standing Cross Border Discipline Agreement (Agreement) works in both the U.S. and Canada. While the Agreement has rarely been used, we want to anticipate and address common questions from the joint perspective of our two national associations. You can find the Cross-Border Agreement here and the FAQs and their answers here. (November 12, 2015)
The Academy’s sold-out Life and Health Qualifications Seminar took place in Arlington, Va., this week, just prior to the Annual Meeting and Public Policy Forum. The seminar, now in its 15th year, is the most efficient way for actuaries to obtain the required basic education and continuing education to be qualified to sign NAIC annual statements of actuarial opinion.
(November 12, 2015)
Professionalism outreach was in high gear this week, as speakers arranged through the Academy’s Speakers Bureau addressed three actuarial club meetings. President Mary D. Miller provided a professionalism update on Wednesday to 300 actuaries at a meeting of the Actuaries’ Club of Hartford and Springfield, while COP member Geoffrey Sandler spoke on professionalism topics to an audience of 225 at the Actuarial Society of Greater New York’s Annual Meeting about 120 miles away in New York City. ABCD member Kathy Riley provided an overview of the ABCD and discussed ethics case studies with attendees of the Middle Atlantic Actuarial Club’s meeting near Baltimore on Thursday. (November 06, 2015)
Academy representatives attended actuarial meetings on two continents in late September, visiting China and Romania. At the invitation of the Chinese Actuarial Association (CAA), and the Actuarial Association of Europe (AAE), representatives offered insights into how the U.S. actuarial profession is structured and carries out its professionalism and public policy work. See a full write-up in the September Actuarial Update. (October 05, 2015)
Academy President Mary D. Miller delivered a professionalism presentation to the Columbus (Ohio) Actuarial Club on Monday. More than 70 actuaries attended the presentation, at which Miller gave an overview of actuarial professionalism, including the Code of Professional Conduct, the Actuarial Board for Counseling and Discipline, and the Academy’s development of a qualification attestation form. (October 05, 2015)
Committee on Qualifications Chairperson Keith Passwater and Academy President Mary D. Miller provided an overview of actuarial professionalism, including the Code of Conduct and the Academy’s development of a U.S. Qualification Standards attestation form, to the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Actuary Forum in Chicago on Sept. 22. Passwater and Actuarial Board for Counseling and Discipline liaison and staff attorney Brian Jackson presented a similar presentation in Indianapolis on Sept. 21 to the Actuaries Club of Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. William Hines, vice president of risk management and financial reporting issues, provided senior actuaries at John Hancock Financial with “A Look at Ethics and Professionalism” on Sept. 18 in Boston. The presentation included an interactive discussion of hypothetical case studies of ethical dilemmas actuaries might face. (September 28, 2015)