Retirement Policy

Long term retirement policy, including the effects of legislation and regulations on retirement benefits, and emerging issues affecting retirement plans.

Pension Committee issue brief that recommends allowing private sector defined benefit plans to voluntarily raise their normal retirement age above 65 to align their plans with Social Security. (March 7, 2013)

Pension Committee comments to the Internal Revenue Service regarding notice requirements under section 101(j) of ERISA, as promulgated in Notice 2012-46. (February 5, 2013)

Pension Committee letter to the SOA regarding a new set of mortality tables and projection scales for the valuation of uninsured pension plans. (June 30, 2012)

Senior Pension Fellow testimony before the ERISA Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans. (June 12, 2012)

Pension Committee comments to the Actuarial Standards Board regarding proposed revisions to ASOP No. 27, Selection of Economic Assumptions for Measuring Pension Obligations. (May 31, 2012)

Pension Committee comments to the Actuarial Standards Board regarding proposed revisions to ASOP No. 4, Measuring Pension Obligations and Determining Pension Plan Costs or Contributions. (May 31, 2012)

Pension Finance Task Force comment letter to the Actuarial Standards Board responding to an exposure draft of proposed revisions to ASOP No. 4, Measuring Pension Obligations and Determining Pension Plan Costs or Contributions. (May 31, 2012)

Joint Committee on Retiree Health comment letter to the Actuarial Standards Board responding to an exposure draft of proposed revisions to ASOP No. 27, Selection of Economic Assumptions for Measuring Pension Obligations. (May 31, 2012)

Pension Committee comments to the Internal Revenue Service on proposed regulations for partial annuity distribution options under defined benefit pension plans. (May 3, 2012)

Pension Committee comment letter to the Internal Revenue Service responding to proposed regulations for longevity annuity contracts. (May 3, 2012)

Pension Practice Council issue brief examining the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) premium structure. (April 26, 2012)

Pension Committee letter to the Internal Revenue Service and Department of the Treasury addressing elections to reduce funding balances for defined benefit pension plans. (February 16, 2012)

Pension Committee letter to the Internal Revenue Service and Department of the Treasury concerning differing interpretations in the application of IRC Section 415(b) limits and requesting guidance. (January 30, 2012)

PBGC response to the Pension Committee’s Oct. 14 inquiry regarding instructions on the Schedule H (Form 5500). (November 2, 2011)

Pension Committee letter to the IRS and Department of Labor concerning a possible error in the instructions for Form 5500, Schedule H on the reporting of premium payments made to the PBGC from qualified DB plan assets.  (October 17, 2011)

The Academy's Pension Practice Council comments to the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) in response to two exposure drafts on pension accounting and financial reporting by employers. (October 17, 2011)

Pension Committee comment letter to the Actuarial Standards Board regarding the discussion draft of proposed revisions to ASOP No. 4, Measuring Pension Obligations and Determining Pension Plan Costs or Contributions. (October 12, 2011)

Pension Practice Council presentation for the Capitol Hill Briefing: Important New Research Findings Indicate a "Rising Tide" of Contributions Facing Defined Benefit Pensions. Presenters from the American Academy of Actuaries and Society of Actuaries discussed new research findings from the actuarial profession that illustrate pension funding challenges facing the private defined benefit system. Presenters also discussed important implications for plan sponsors, beneficiaries, and policymakers. 

Other briefing resources: (October 11, 2011)

Pension Committee's practice note, revised October 2011, Selecting and Documenting Mortality Assumptions for Pensions to reflect changes to ASOP No. 35, Selection of Demographic and Other Noneconomic Assumptions for Measuring Pension Obligations that went into effect in June 2011. PLEASE NOTE: This practice note was superseded by the 2015 practice note on Selecting and Documenting Mortality Assumptions for Pensions. (October 1, 2011)

Pension Committee comment letter to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation regarding the calculation of unfunded vested benefits for at risk pension plans. (September 22, 2011)