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American Academy of Actuaries

American Academy of Actuaries
Logo of the American Academy of Actuaries
Abbreviation AAA
Formation 1965
Type Professional association
Purpose Serve the public on behalf of the United States actuarial profession.
Headquarters Washington, DC
Region served United States of America
Official language English
President Tom Terry
Main organ Board of Directors

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.


  • Mission and Vision Statements 1
  • Standards 2
  • Membership requirements 3
  • Self Disciplinary Board, the ABCD 4
  • Public Policy Activities 5
  • Magazine 6
  • References 7
  • Further reading 8
  • External links 9

Mission and Vision Statements

The American Academy of Actuaries' mission is to serve the public and the United States actuarial profession. To accomplish this:

  • As the public voice for the United States actuarial profession, the Academy provides independent and objective actuarial information, analysis, and education for the formation of sound public policy;
  • The Academy provides for the establishment, maintenance, and enforcement of high professional standards of actuarial qualification, practice, and conduct;
  • The Academy advances actuarial practice by informing and educating its members on public policy and professionalism issues and current and emerging practices;
  • The Academy identifies and addresses issues on behalf of the public interest on matters in which actuarial science provides a unique understanding;
  • The Academy increases the public's understanding and recognition of the value of the actuarial profession;
  • The Academy provides opportunities for professional development of its members through volunteerism and service to the profession;
  • The Academy facilitates and coordinates response to issues of common interest among the U.S.-based actuarial associations; and
  • The Academy coordinates the representation of the U.S. profession globally.

The vision of the American Academy of Actuaries is that financial security systems in the United States be sound and sustainable, and that actuaries be recognized as preeminent experts in risk and financial security. [1]


The Academy, in 1988, created the Actuarial Standards Board (ASB) as an independent entity, supported by AAA staff.[2] 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.

Membership requirements

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:

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.[4] 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[5] and monographs[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] On occasion, the Academy has submitted amicus briefs on court cases that are of interest to the actuarial profession.[9] Less formal comment letters and other explanatory materials have been provided to a number of external audiences.[10]


The Academy publishes Contingencies magazine, a bimonthly publication that publishes articles on a wide range of issues related to the actuarial profession.


  1. ^ "Mission". Academy website. American Academy of Actuaries. 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  2. ^ "Actuarial Standards Board". Actuarial Standards Board. Retrieved 2010-06-13. 
  3. ^ "Academy Policies: Membership Requirements". American Academy of Actuaries: 2006 Yearbook (PDF).  
  4. ^ "About the ABCD". Archived from the original on 17 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-13. 
  5. ^ "American Academy of Actuaries-Issue Briefs". Retrieved 2010-06-13. 
  6. ^ "American Academy of Actuaries-Monographs". Retrieved 2010-06-13. 
  7. ^ "American Academy of Actuaries-Testimony". Archived from the original on 27 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-13. 
  8. ^ "American Academy of Actuaries-NAIC Reports". Retrieved 2010-06-13. 
  9. ^ "American Academy of Actuaries-Friend of the court briefs". Retrieved 2010-06-13. 
  10. ^ "American Academy of Actuaries-Comment letters". Retrieved 2010-06-13. 

Further reading

  • Walsh, Mary Williams (September 7, 2009). "Removal of Leader Stirs Anger Over Dealings of Actuary Group".  

External links

  • American Academy of Actuaries
  • Actuarial Board for Counseling and Discipline
  • Actuarial Standards Board
  • US Actuarial News
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