Professionalism News and Events

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)
Academy President Mary D. Miller provided an update on the Academy’s development of the online U.S. Qualification Standards Attestation Form to the NAIC’s Life Actuarial Task Force, Health Actuarial Task Force, and Casualty Actuarial and Statistical Task Force at the NAIC Summer National Meeting. Miller also demonstrated a prototype of the online form at the professionalism breakfast for regulators that the Academy hosted on Aug. 15, highlighting the progress on the form, which will help actuaries document how they meet the U.S. Qualification Standards requirements for signing NAIC annual life, health, and property and casualty statements of actuarial opinion. (August 15, 2015)
In this webinar, expert presenters engage in a mock debate to explore different perspectives on issues raised in the comments on the modeling standard exposure drafts.  (July 22, 2015)
This professionalism webinar provides the first analysis of the results of the Academy’s survey on “Key Ethical Concerns Facing the Actuarial Profession: Perceptions of Members of the American Academy of Actuaries.” Attendees asked thought-provoking questions and shared insights on the top perceived ethical issues and means of mitigating such issues as they interacted with seasoned panelists—Vice President of Professionalism Kenneth Kent, former VP of Professionalism Karen Terry, and Academy Assistant General Counsel Sheila Kalkunte. (May 22, 2015)