Proposed Repeal of Actuarial Standard of Practice No. 2
Recommendations for Actuarial Communications Related to Statements of Financial Accounting Standards Nos. 87 and 88
TO: Members of Actuarial Organizations Governed by the Standards of Practice of the Actuarial Standards Board and Other Persons Interested in Actuarial Communications Related to Measuring Pension Obligations and Determining Pension Plan Costs
FROM: Actuarial Standards Board (ASB)
SUBJ: Proposed repeal of Actuarial Standard of Practice (ASOP) No. 2
This document is an exposure draft of a proposed repeal of ASOP No. 2, Recommendations for Actuarial Communications Related to Statements of Financial Accounting Standards Nos. 87 and 88. Please review this exposure draft and give the ASB the benefit of your comments and suggestions. Each written response and each response sent by e-mail to the address below will be acknowledged, and all responses will receive appropriate consideration by the drafting committee in preparing the final document for approval by the ASB.
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ASOP No. 2 Repeal
Actuarial Standards Board
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Washington, DC 20036
Deadline for receipt of responses in the ASB office: November 30, 2010
ASOP No. 2, Recommendations for Actuarial Communications Related to Statements of Financial Accounting Standards Nos. 87 and 88, was issued by the Interim Actuarial Standards Board in 1987 in response to the promulgation of what were then known as Statements of Financial Accounting Standards Nos. 87 and 88. The methodology in those accounting statements was controversial at that time and the profession needed guidance as to how to respond. The ASOP is quite short and has only two requirements.
The Pension Committee of the ASB has reviewed ASOP No. 2 and compared its six sections to ASOP No. 4, Measuring Pension Obligations and Determining Pension Plan Costs or Contributions. The Committee concluded that ASOP No. 2 was redundant with ASOP No. 4, and that it should be repealed to eliminate the redundancy and avoid unnecessary confusion or misunderstanding.
The ASB reviewed this proposed repeal at its September 2010 meeting and approved its exposure.
Pension Committee of the ASB
Gordon C. Enderle, Chairperson
Mita D. Drazilov, Vice – Chairperson
C. David Gustafson Alan N. Parikh
Fiona E. Liston Timothy A. Ryor
Thomas B. Lowman Judy K. Stromback
Tonya B. Manning Frank Todisco
A. Donald Morgan
Actuarial Standards Board
Albert J. Beer, Chairperson
Alan D. Ford Patricia E. Matson
Patrick J. Grannan Robert G. Meilander
Stephen G. Kellison James J. Murphy
Thomas D. Levy James F. Verlautz
The ASB establishes and improves standards of actuarial practice. These ASOPs identify what the actuary should consider, document, and disclose when performing an actuarial assignment. The ASB’s goal is to set standards for appropriate practice for the U.S.
Note: This appendix is prepared for informational purposes only.
The Pension Committee prepared the following grid highlighting sections of the current ASOP No. 2 as a cross reference to ASOP No. 4, Measuring Pension Obligations and Determining Pension Plan Costs or Contributions, to reflect where appropriate actuarial guidance already exists for the related item or where the item would have been considered educational material and, therefore, not included in any proposed revision other than possibly an appendix.
Reference to ASOP No. 4
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