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GRS Perspectives: The Role of Actuarial Audits in Performing Due Diligence

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Retirement plan trustees are tasked with retirement plan administration. Trustees are responsible for hiring service providers and monitoring the quality of their work. This article discusses actuarial audits as a due diligence tool for public plan trustees.

GRS Perspectives: Fundamentals of Internal Revenue Code Section 415(b)

Tuesday, October 06, 2020

Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 415(b) places limits on amounts that may be paid from defined benefit (DB) retirement plans that are "qualified" under Code §401(a). This article summarizes the key §415(b) provisions for governmental DB plans and discusses compliance with §415(b) and the associated regulations.

GRS News Scan: September 2020

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

This issue includes the following news summaries:

  • CRR Issues Brief on Public Plan Investments and COVID-19 Market Volatility
  • BLS Reports on Employee Benefits for Private Industry and Public Sector Workers in 2020
  • CRR Examines State and Local Disability Benefit Structures for Potential Application to Social Security Disability
  • NCPERS Publishes Report on Closing Public Pension Funding Gaps
  • NIRS Releases Report on Escalating Costs and Risks During Retirement
  • NASRA Summarizes Survey Results on Work from Home Policies and Practices

GRS News Scan: August 2020

Thursday, August 27, 2020

This issue includes the following news summaries:

  • GFOA Releases Guide on Working Remotely for State and Local Governments
  • CRR/SLGE Find Funded Ratios of Local Government Pension Plans Remain Steady in Fiscal Year 2020
  • CRS Updates Report on Health Savings Accounts
  • National League of Cities Publishes 2020 City Fiscal Conditions Report
  • CRS Reports on Social Security's Economic Growth and Funding Shortfall
  • CRR Compares Public Sector Workers' Disability Insurance Benefits to Those Provided by Social Security

GRS News Scan: July 2020

Thursday, July 30, 2020

This issue includes the following news summaries:

  • Peterson-KFF Health System Tracker Reports on the Effects of COVID-19 on U.S. Health System Performance
  • Actuarial Standards Board Adopts Revisions of ASOP Nos. 27 and 35
  • American Academy of Actuaries Publishes Brief on Asset Allocation and Investment Return Assumption
  • CRR Releases Brief on the Impact of Pandemic-Related Unemployment on Retirement Security
  • NASRA Updates Issue Brief on State Hybrid Retirement Plans
  • NASRA Updates Issue Brief on Cost-of-Living Adjustments
  • NASBO Releases Spring 2020 Fiscal Survey of States

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