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.

Social Security
Financial sustainability and other topics related to the Social Security program.
Retirement Policy
Long term retirement policy, including the effects of legislation and regulations on retirement benefits, and emerging issues affecting retirement plans.
Public Pension Plans
State and local government employee benefit plans’ funding, financial reporting, financial risks and plan design, and actuarial standards of practice related to public plans.
Pension Accounting and Finance
Financial reporting related to retirement plans, developments from national and international accounting standards-setting bodies, recent policy developments, and new regulations and standards.
Retiree Health
Addresses issues surrounding bipartisan solutions to reform the U.S. health care system and restore retirement security for all Americans.
Multiemployer Pension Plans
Multiemployer plans’ funding, financial reporting, financial risks, and plan design.

Pension News

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. (March 29, 2019)
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. (March 7, 2019)
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.  (February 27, 2019)
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. (February 22, 2019)

Pension Public Statements

Comments and letters

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.

Issue briefs

Analyses of major actuarial or public policy issues written primarily for policy-makers, regulators, the news media, and the public.

Policy papers

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.

Reports to the NAIC

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

Practice notes

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.