- American Academy of Actuaries
American Academy of Actuaries
Logo of the American Academy of Actuaries
Abbreviation AAA Formation 1965 Type NGO Purpose/focus Serve the public on behalf of the United States actuarial profession. Headquarters Washington, DC Region served United States of America Official languages English President Mary Frances Miller Main organ Board of Directors Website www.actuary.org
The American Academy of Actuaries, also known as the “Academy” or the AAA, is the body that represents and unites United States actuaries in all practice areas. Established in 1965, the Academy serves as the profession’s voice on public policy and professionalism issues.
The Academy serves its members to:
- establish, maintain, and enforce high professional standards of actuarial qualification, practice, and conduct.
- represent the profession at the state, national, and international levels.
- assist in shaping public policy by providing legislators, regulators, and others with independent, objective information and analysis.
- works to represent and advance the actuarial profession, in cooperation with other organizations, and to increase public awareness of the actuary's vital role in the economy and government.
The Academy, in 1988, created the Actuarial Standards Board (ASB) as an independent entity, supported by AAA staff. The ASB serves as the single board promulgating standards of practice for the entire actuarial profession in the United States. The ASB was given sole authority to develop, obtain comment upon, revise, and adopt standards of practice for the actuarial profession.
In order to sign statements of actuarial opinion, an American actuary must be a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (M.A.A.A.). The Academy membership requirements are:
- Membership in one of the following societies:
- Associate or Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society.
- Associate or Fellow of the Society of Actuaries.
- M.S.P.A. or F.S.P.A. in the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries.
- Conference of Consulting Actuaries.
- Enrolled Actuary status under Title 3, Section C of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.
- Fellowship in the Canadian Institute of Actuaries.
- Fellowship in the Faculty of Actuaries in Scotland.
- Fellowship in the Institute of Actuaries in Great Britain.
- Membership in the Colegio Nacional de Actuarios in Mexico.
- Fellowship in the Institute of Actuaries of Australia.
- Special approval by the Membership Committee and the Executive Committee of other actuarial educational credentials.
- At least three years of full-time equivalent experience in responsible actuarial work.
- A resident of the United States for at least three years, or a non-resident or new resident who meets the Academy's education requirements and can prove familiarity with U.S. laws and practices in his or her “actuarial practice area.”
Self Disciplinary Board, the ABCD
The Actuarial Board for Counseling and Discipline (ABCD) was formed to serve the academy and all other U.S. actuarial organizations. The ABCD considers complaints and questions concerning possible violations of the Code(s) of Professional Conduct. In addition, the ABCD responds to inquiries by actuaries concerning their professional conduct and, when requested to do so, provides guidance in professional matters.
Public Policy Activities
The Academy has published a number of issue briefs and monographs addressing public policy issues from an actuarial point of view. Because the Academy is non-partisan, it avoids taking specific policy positions in these publications. Most tend to discuss the fiscal and economic considerations as seen by actuaries. In many cases several policy alternatives are discussed, and advantages and disadvantages identified for each. In some cases the Academy provides formal written or oral testimony to Congress or other governmental bodies. The Academy is often asked by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) to provide input on actuarial issues, and has provided the NAIC with a number of reports and statements. On occasion, the Academy has submitted amicus briefs on court cases that are of interest to the actuarial profession. Less formal comment letters and other explanatory materials have been provided to a number of external audiences.
The Academy publishes Contingencies magazine, a bimonthly publication that publishes articles on a wide range of issues related to the actuarial profession.
- ^ "About Us". Academy website. American Academy of Actuaries. 2006. http://www.actuary.org/aboutus.asp. Retrieved 2006-06-20.
- ^ "Actuarial Standards Board". Actuarial Standards Board. http://www.actuarialstandardsboard.org/aboutasb.asp. Retrieved 2010-06-13.
- ^ "Academy Policies: Membership Requirements" (PDF). American Academy of Actuaries: 2006 Yearbook. Washington, DC: American Academy of Actuaries. 2006. pp. 59–61. http://www.actuary.org/yearbook/pdf/member_requirements_06.pdf. Retrieved 2006-06-11.
- ^ "About the ABCD". Abcdboard.org. http://www.abcdboard.org/about/. Retrieved 2010-06-13.
- ^ "American Academy of Actuaries-Issue Briefs". Actuary.org. http://www.actuary.org/briefs.asp. Retrieved 2010-06-13.
- ^ "American Academy of Actuaries-Monographs". Actuary.org. http://www.actuary.org/mono.asp. Retrieved 2010-06-13.
- ^ "American Academy of Actuaries-Testimony". Actuary.org. http://www.actuary.org/testimony.asp. Retrieved 2010-06-13.
- ^ "American Academy of Actuaries-NAIC Reports". Actuary.org. http://www.actuary.org/naic.asp. Retrieved 2010-06-13.
- ^ "American Academy of Actuaries-Friend of the court briefs". Actuary.org. http://www.actuary.org/courtbriefs.asp. Retrieved 2010-06-13.
- ^ "American Academy of Actuaries-Comment letters". Actuary.org. http://www.actuary.org/comments.asp. Retrieved 2010-06-13.
- Walsh, Mary Williams (September 7, 2009). "Removal of Leader Stirs Anger Over Dealings of Actuary Group". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/08/business/08actuary.html. Retrieved September 8, 2009.
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