Pension News

Senior Pension Fellow Donald Fuerst provided written testimony to U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Policy hearing on the state of U.S. retirement security. (March 12, 2014)
Academy members made well-received presentations at the National Conference of Insurance Legislators’ Spring Meeting in Savannah March 7-9.  Ellen Kleinstuber, vice-chairperson of the Academy’s Pension Committee, presented on a March 7 panel, “Longevity Risk & Insurance.”  She also offered comments at a special point-counterpoint discussion on a proposed pension de-risking model act.  Joyce Bohl, a member of the Federal Health Committee, presented on March 8 as part of a panel on the Affordable Care Act and underwriting. (March 10, 2014)
The Social Security Committee released its updated monograph, Social Security Reform Options, that analyzes proposals to address Social Security’s financial challenges. Click here to read the news release. (March 3, 2014)
The Pension Committee sent comments to the Internal Revenue Service regarding Notice 2014-5, Temporary Nondiscrimination Relief for Closed Defined Benefit Plans and Request for Comments. (February 28, 2014)
The Public Plans Subcommittee published an issue brief introducing the objectives and principles for funding pension plans for state and local government. The brief states that policies used to establish funding for these plans should be formulated to maintain an appropriate balance among  the competing objectives of benefit security, generational equity, and contribution stability. Read the news release. (February 19, 2014)
The Joint Committee on Retiree Health submitted comments to the Actuarial Standards Board on revisions to ASOP No. 35, Selection of Demographic and Other Noneconomic Assumptions for Measuring Pension Obligations. (February 2, 2014)
The Pension Committee submitted comments to the Actuarial Standards Board on revisions to ASOP No. 35, Selection of Demographic and Other Noneconomic Assumptions for Measuring Pension Obligations. (January 31, 2014)
The Pension Practice Council’s Forward Thinking Task Force released a public policy monograph that introduces a framework to examine retirement plans and policy proposals designed to provide a secure and sufficient retirement as part of its Retirement for the AGES initiative. In conjunction with the release of the monograph, the Academy hosted a Capitol Hill briefing on the initiative. Read the news release here. (January 17, 2014)
Senior Pension Fellow Don Fuerst sent a letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives regarding their request to make Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) consistent with the pension funding rules in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). Read the news release. (January 8, 2014)
The Pension Committee submitted comments to the Internal Revenue Service on Notice 2013-49: Updated Static Mortality Tables for the Years 2014 and 2015. (December 16, 2013)
The Academy’s Pension Practice Council published an issue brief that examines the different measurements of the obligations of defined-benefit pension plans that discusses two common measurements: solvency value and budget value. Read the news release. (November 21, 2013)
Joint Committee on Retiree Health, Pension Committee, and Pension Finance Task Force sent a letter to the Actuarial Standards Board (ASB) on coordinating Actuarial Standards of Practice (ASOPs) involving retirement benefits. (October 29, 2013)
The Pension Committee submitted comments to the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) regarding the disclosure of material events on the Annual Funding Notice (AFN) for defined benefit plans. (October 3, 2013)
Pension Committee sent a letter to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) that supports the proposed regulations on premium rates, payment of premiums, and reducing regulatory burdens. (October 2, 2013)
The Pension Committee submitted comments to the Actuarial Standards Board on its recent modeling ASOP exposure draft that included concerns that the potential ASOP could be applied too broadly. (September 27, 2013)
The Pension Finance Task Force sent a letter to the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) that provides suggestions, based on financial economics, to improve accounting for single employer pension plans, an issue that FASB may consider revisiting. (September 26, 2013)
The Pension Committee sent comments to the Internal Revenue Service regarding the Annual Return/Report of Employee Benefit Plan (Form 5500) that focus on the electronic submission of data on Schedules SB and MB. The committee applauds the electronic filing mandate, but raises concerns over how to ensure reliability of the data and suggests sample reviews to ensure better accuracy. (September 23, 2013)
Joint Committee on Retiree Health submits comments to the Actuarial Standards Board on revisions to a second exposure draft of ASOP No. 6, Measuring Retiree Group Benefits Obligations and Determining Retiree Group Benefits Program Periodic Costs or Prefunding Contributions. (August 30, 2013)
Health and Pension Practice Council sent a letter to the Actuarial Standards Board on coordinating Actuarial Standards of Practice (ASOP) affecting pension and retiree group benefits. (August 30, 2013)
The Pension Committee published an issue brief addressing the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation’s deficit in its single-employer program.  The issue brief concludes that the agency’s methods and assumptions have produced a reasonable representation of the PBGC single-employer program’s current obligation and deficit.  The issue brief explains that while policymakers should explore new sources of income to address the deficit, immediate premium increases on plan sponsors are unnecessary and potentially counterproductive. Read the news release. (August 22, 2013)