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ASPPA College of Pension Actuaries
All credentialed actuarial members of ASPPA are members of the ASPPA College of Pension Actuaries (ACOPA). ACOPA is responsible for identifying and addressing the professional development needs of the actuarial membership of ASPPA, including maintaining the actuaries-only list serve, and offering conferences focused primarily on the needs of actuarial members. ACOPA members serve as representatives on other ASPPA committees and subcommittees to enhance the actuarial content of ASPPA’s current programs and to provide an actuarial perspective to ASPPA’s future planning. ACOPA has primary responsibility for the content of comment letters that involve actuarial issues, accomplished through appointing members of the Defined Benefit Subcommittee of ASPPA’s Government Affairs Committee, and preparing formal comments, position papers, or other relevant pronouncements that involve regulating authorities outside of Treasury, IRS, DOL, PBGC or SEC (such as FASB). ACOPA recommends ASPPA and ACOPA representatives to various intersocietal groups, and oversees the activities of the various intersocietal committees in which ASPPA has representation.
On June 18, 2013, Mark Dunbar, ACOPA’s President, testified on behalf of ASPPA and ACOPA at a PBGC hearing on the proposed reportable events rule
On August 16, 2012, IRS issued Notice 2012-55 providing the MAP-21 adjusted segment rates for 2012 plan years are 5.54%, 6.85% and 7.52
“COPA” designation not supported after 2012
Last summer, members were notified that the COPA designation will not be supported after 2012. If you have been using the COPA designation, your business cards and letterhead should be changed to reflect only MSPA/FSPA, as appropriate, after December 31, 2012. [Notice]
Judy Miller Gives Washington Update to ASPPA College of Pension Actuaries
Modifications to the ACOPA Interim Operating Procedures (IOPs)
ACOPA membership has approved changes to the ACOPA Interim Operating Principles [Here]
The Edward E. Burrows Distinguished Achievement Award is to be presented annually to a pension actuary who has, by their actions, set an example for other pension actuaries. This is an actuary that has gone above and beyond in forwarding ethics, education, beneficial legislation or regulations (or such other actions as the selection committee deems appropriate) that enhance the private pension system, or the professionalism of enrolled actuaries within the private pension system. Ed was a beacon in this regard, and ACOPA honors him by presenting an award that recognizes those who follow in his path and lead by his example.
The 2013 Ed Burrows award winner is Richard A. Block, MSPA
Past Award Winners:
James E. Holland Jr, MSPA - 2012
Janet S. Eisenberg, MSPA - 2011
Robert H. Schramm, MSPA - 2010
Joan Gucciardi, MSPA - 2009
Ed Burrows - 2008
Contributions can be made to ASPPA's Pension Education and Research Foundation (PERF) in Ed’s honor. Contributions are restricted for the purpose of sponsoring or co-sponsoring events that examine focused topics concerning national retirement income security, an issue dear to Ed’s heart. Contributions are tax-deductible and can be made by check or credit card. Please make checks payable to “ASPPA PERF” and note “Ed Burrows” in the memo section, then mail your check to: ASPPA, 4245 N. Fairfax Drive Suite 750, Arlington, VA 22203.
Contributions can be made by credit card to the General ASPPA PERF fund or the Ed Burrows Memorial Fund via this