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 Public Plans Committee published a practice note reviewing current and emerging approaches to completion of the Actuarial section of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).( )
The Multiemployer Plans Committee submitted a letter to the Internal Revenue Service requesting leniency on the March 30th deadline for multiemployer pension plan certifications.( )
The Pension Committee submitted a comment letter to the Internal Revenue Service on updated mortality improvement rates and static mortality tables for defined benefit pension plans for 2021.( )
The Intersector Group released the notes of its November 2019 meeting with the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service.( )
The Intersector Group released the notes of its November 2019 meeting with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.( )
The Multiemployer Plans Committee submitted a comment letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance regarding the Multiemployer Pension Recapitalization and Reform Plan.( )
The Pension Committee published Working With Auditors of Pension and OPEB Plans, a practice note providing actuaries with insights on engaging productively with auditors.( )
The Pension Committee released a public policy practice note to provide information to actuaries on current and emerging practices for measuring obligations of defined benefit pension plans that include variable annuity benefits.( )
The Lifetime Income Risk Joint Committee released an issue brief, Actuarial Observations on Retiree Income Approaches, on how actuarial methods and solutions apply to the risk management inherent to retirement income planning. Released in conjunction with the relaunch of the Academy’s and Society of Actuaries’ jointly developed Actuaries Longevity Illustrator, the issue brief provides a helpful overview and context for understanding how these tools can be used to mitigate risk and optimize retirement income.( )
The Pension Practice Council released an issue brief, Pension Plan Maturity—Why Big Plans Mean Big Risk, that reviews measures of plan maturity, examines the resulting challenges, addresses potential strategies to ensure benefit security, and provides a framework to mitigate the risks associated with a mature plan.( )
The Lifetime Income Risk Joint Committee sent a letter to the Employee Benefits Security Administration providing comments on the ERISA Advisory Council Report.( )
The Pension Committee, Multiemployer Plans Committee, and Public Plans Committee submitted comments to the Actuarial Standards Board regarding exposure drafts of Actuarial Standard of Practice Nos. 27 and 35.( )
The Multiemployer Plans Committee of the American Academy of Actuaries released notes from its March 2019 meeting with representatives of the U.S. Department of Treasury, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), and the Department of Labor (DOL) pertaining to applications by plans in critical and declining status to suspend benefits or partition liabilities as permitted under the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014, withdrawal liability, mergers and transfers, and possible multiemployer pension reform legislation.( )
The Pension Committee submitted comments to the Society of Actuaries Retirement Plans Experience Committee regarding the Pri-2012 exposure draft.( )
The Academy has released a new Essential Elements paper, Creating a National Retirement Policy, outlining the ways in which a comprehensive national retirement policy could potentially address concerns about retirement security in the United States. Essential Elements is a series designed to make actuarial analyses of public policy issues clearer to general audiences.( )
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.