The ASB recently approved a second exposure draft of a proposed new ASOP titled Assessment and Disclosure of Risk Associated with Measuring Pension Obligations and Determining Pension Plan Contributions. Key changes to the second exposure draft include expanding the scope of the proposed ASOP from applying only to actuaries when performing a funding valuation of a pension plan to applying also to actuaries when performing a pricing valuation of a proposed pension plan change that would, in the actuary’s professional judgment, significantly change the types or levels of risks of the pension plan. In addition to other modifications, the scope also was modified to exclude actuarial services performed in connection with applications for benefit suspensions under the Multiemployer Pension Relief Act of 2014.

The ASB also approved a third exposure draft of a proposed new ASOP titled Modeling. Among the several modifications to the draft, key changes include narrowing the scope but, within that scope, making the guidance less subject to professional judgment as to its applicability; clarifying the definitions for “model,” “data,” and “model run”; and clarifying guidance with respect to using models designed or built by others.

The comment deadline for both exposure drafts, which can be viewed here, is Oct. 31, 2016. Information on how to submit comments can be found in the drafts.

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