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.
Addresses issues surrounding bipartisan solutions to reform the U.S. health care system and restore retirement security for all Americans.
Financial reporting related to retirement plans, developments from national and international accounting standards-setting bodies, recent policy developments, and new regulations and standards.
The Multiemployer Plans Committee submitted comments to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) regarding simplified methods and other aspects of computing withdrawal liability under the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014.( )
The Academy responded in writing to questions from the House Subcommittee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions as a follow-up to the panel’s March 7 hearing, “The Cost of Inaction: Why Congress Must Address the Multiemployer Pension Crisis,” at which Josh Shapiro, the Academy’s vice president, pension, testified.( )
Academy Pension Vice President Josh Shapiro testified March 7 before the House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, providing written and oral testimony with a nonpartisan, objective, actuarial focus on the increasing financial risks facing some multiemployer plans and the PBGC’s multiemployer program.( )
The Pension Practice Council published a practice note providing information on current and emerging practices in the selection of investment return assumptions based on anticipated future experience.( )
The Lifetime Income Risk Joint Committee, Retirement System Assessment and Policy Committee and Social Security Committee submitted a comment letter to the Bipartisan Policy Center on its 2016 Report of the Commission on Retirement Security and Personal Savings.( )
The Pension Committee published a practice note discussing the valuation of lump sum benefits for financial accounting purposes.( )
Academy Pension Vice President Josh Shapiro submitted a comment letter to U.S. House leaders on The Retirement, Savings, and Other Tax Relief Act of 2018.( )
The Intersector group released the notes of its April 2018 meeting with the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service.( )
The Retirement System Assessment and Policy Committee submitted a comment letter to Congress on the Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act of 2018.( )
The Multiemployer Plans Committee submitted a follow-up letter to the Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans on key topics discussed during a June 22 meeting regarding loan proposals and other solutions for troubled multiemployer pension plans.( )
The Intersector Group released an Academy Alert highlighting time-sensitive information in advance of the publication of the notes from its April 4 meetings with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The Intersector Group has chosen to release the following information now due to the time-sensitive nature for plan sponsors who are considering making contributions to defined benefit (DB) plans on Sept. 15. The full minutes of the group’s meeting with the IRS and Treasury will be published in the near future.
Pension Public Statements
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.
Analyses of major actuarial or public policy issues written primarily for policy-makers, regulators, the news media, and the public.
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.
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 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.