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 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.
(September 14, 2018)
Ted Goldman, the Academy's Senior Pension Fellow, testified before the U.S. Department of Labor's Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans at a hearing on "Lifetime Income Solutions as a Qualified Default Investment Alternative (QDIA) - Focus on Decumulaion and Rollovers." Read Goldman's testimony and presentation slides. (August 17, 2018)
The Multiemployer Plans Committee released notes from its meeting on Feb. 23, 2018 with officials of the Treasury and Labor departments, and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation to discuss applications by multiemployer pension plans in critical and declining status to suspend benefits or partition liabilities. This meeting supplements the first meeting between these parties on this topic, which was held on Feb. 22, 2017. (July 31, 2018)
The Pension Committee, the Public Plans Committee, and the Multiemployer Committee submitted a comment letter to the ASB on exposure drafts of proposed revisions to ASOPs 4, 27, and 35. (July 31, 2018)

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.