News from the Joint Board
The Joint Board Seeks Applications for Advisory Committee on Actuarial Examinations
The Joint Board is seeking applications for the next term of the Advisory Committee on Actuarial Examinations. The next term begins on March 1, 2015, and ends on February 28, 2017.
The Advisory Committee plays an integral role in the Joint Board’s examination program by assisting the Joint Board in offering examinations that enable examination candidates to demonstrate the knowledge necessary to qualify for enrollment. The Advisory Committee’s duties include recommending topics for inclusion on the Joint Board examinations, reviewing and drafting examination questions, and recommending passing scores.
Individuals interested in serving on the Advisory Committee should follow the application instructions provided in the Invitation for Membership on Advisory Committee notice. This notice appeared in the October 3, 2014, issue of the Federal Register.
Applications will be accepted through December 5, 2014.
Renewal Information for Qualifying Sponsors of Continuing Professional Education Programs
The current sponsor enrollment cycle ends December 31, 2014. The next sponsor enrollment cycle begins January 1, 2015, and ends December 31, 2017.
An organization that is recognized as a qualifying sponsor for the current enrollment cycle may retain its qualifying sponsor status for the next cycle by filing a request for renewal. To be considered timely, the request must be made by December 31, 2014.
Upon approval of a renewal request, the Executive Director will issue a notice of renewal. Only those organizations that have been approved for the January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2017 sponsor enrollment cycle will be considered qualifying sponsors for that cycle.
The instructions for preparing and submitting a request for renewal are specified in the Sponsor Renewal notice.
- Roster of Qualifying Sponsors (current as of October 9, 2014). Roster will be updated regularly.
- Roster of Active Enrolled Actuaries (current as of September 1, 2014). Roster will be updated regularly.
Joint Board Renewal Application Now Available
The renewal application for enrollment for the April 1, 2014 - March 31, 2017, period is now available.
I. General Instructions for Enrolled Actuaries Currently in Active Status:
To timely renew your enrollment, you must have completed your continuing education requirements by December 31, 2013, and must submit your completed Form 5434A (Application for Renewal of Enrollment) and $250 renewal fee on or before Monday, March 3, 2014. (Because March 1 falls on a Saturday, the filing date was extended until March 3, 2014.)
Before completing and submitting Form 5434A, make sure you have reviewed the requirements for renewal set forth at section 901.11 of the Joint Board regulations.
If you meet both of these deadlines, you may begin using the “14-” prefix with your enrollment number beginning April 1, 2014, regardless of whether you have received an official renewal notice from the Joint Board.
If you were not eligible to use the “11-” prefix, please follow the instructions in section II below.
Application and Payment Options:
This renewal period, you have the option of applying and paying electronically at Pay.gov. If you use Pay.gov, you will be able to complete and submit your Form 5434A online and pay your renewal fee by credit card or by debit from your personal or business checking or savings account. Please note that Form 5434A is listed as “Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries Application for Renewal of Enrollment” at pay.gov and is listed with forms of the Internal Revenue Service. If you want to print a copy of your completed form, you must print from the PDF preview prior to pressing the “submit payment” button. If you set up a Pay.gov account, you may review and print your completed form at any time.
If you prefer not to use pay.gov, you still have the option of submitting your completed Form 5434A and renewal fee by regular mail or by private delivery service. The mailing and delivery addresses are specified on Form 5434A.
If You Miss a Deadline:
If you miss either deadline and do not receive an official renewal notice dated prior to April 1, 2014, you will be treated as inactive from April 1, 2014, until the date the Joint Board sends your official renewal notice. To apply for reinstatement to active status:
- If you were eligible to use the “11-” prefix, and if you were initially enrolled before 2011:
You may apply for reinstatement to active status using the same procedure as if you were in active status (other than waiting for the official notice from the Joint Board before resuming practice as an Enrolled Actuary).
- If you were eligible to use the “11-” prefix, but you were initially enrolled during 2011, 2012, or 2013:
You must satisfy an increased CPE hours requirement to apply for return to active status for the period ending March 31, 2017. (See section 901.11(l)(7)(i) of the Joint Board regulations.) You may apply for reinstatement to active status using the same procedure as if you were in active status (other than reporting CPE credits that equal or exceed the increased requirements and waiting for the official notice from the Joint Board before resuming practice as an Enrolled Actuary).
In either case, you must apply for reinstatement to active status by December 31, 2016, to avoid additional requirements beyond those listed above for reinstatement in the following cycle.
II. Information for Enrolled Actuaries Returning to Active Status from Inactive Status:
If you were not eligible to use the “11-” prefix, you must satisfy an increased CPE hours requirement, as well as a pension actuarial experience requirement, to apply for return to active status for the period ending March 31, 2017. These requirements are set forth at section 901.11(l)(7)(ii) of the Joint Board regulations. You must apply for reinstatement to active status by December 31, 2016, to avoid the additional requirements for reinstatement in the following cycle. After you have satisfied these requirements:
- Complete Form 5434A. Your Form 5434A should reflect the increased CPE hours specified at section 901.11(l)(7)(ii) of the Joint Board regulations.
- Complete Schedule A (from Form 5434). Complete a separate Schedule A for each employer within the applicable period specified under section 901.11(l)(7)(ii). You should report only experience that you believe will qualify as responsible pension actuarial experience (not merely responsible actuarial experience). The individual(s) asked to certify your responsible pension actuarial experience must meet the requirements of section 901.1(j).
- Submit your completed Form 5434A, Schedule(s) A, and renewal fee of $250 to the appropriate lockbox address indicated on Form 5434A. Do not use Pay.gov.
- Information About Initial and Continued Recognition as Qualifying Sponsor of Continuing Education Programs (Updated October 6, 2014)
- Joint Board Issues Frequently Asked Questions. Topics include the new continuing professional education requirements and the conflict of interest performance standard.
- Joint Board Issues Final Regulations. These regulations update the eligibility requirements for performing actuarial services for ERISA-covered employee pension benefit plans, including the continuing professional education requirements and the standards for performing such actuarial services.
These regulations are effective on May 2, 2011.
- Update your contact information