The CCA is host to several actuarial communities and SIGs; active forums for getting answers, sharing your concerns, and taking actions to help shape the profession. The specialized knowledge that CCA Communities' members share continually helps to guide the design of CCA presentations, seminars, audiocasts and other continuing education offerings, advancing the practice.
Public Plans Community
The Public Plans Community is charged with advancing the sound actuarial and governance practice in the public sector pension and employee benefits arenas. This CCA Community acts as a discussion forum as well as a repository for intelligence and analyses. Community activities to date have focused on subjecting the emerging views of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board on postemployment benefits to actuarial scrutiny. Community members were principal authors of industry comments to the GASB and also have participated in both formal GASB hearings and informal staff discussions. Ongoing projects include model funding and disclosure practices as well as governance and measurement issues. If you work in the public plan area you owe it to yourself to play an active part helping shape this vital area of actuarial practice.
The Healthcare Community promotes sound actuarial considerations for healthcare, including reform, at the national and state level, and provides an open forum for the exchange of ideas among actuaries concerned about healthcare issues. The highly regarded healthcare track at the CCA’s Annual Meeting is derived in part from the Community's assessments. The CCA Health Meeting brings carrier and consulting actuaries together with regulators and policy makers. Join the CCA and get involved with the Healthcare Community. Don't let the changes pass you by in this extremely dynamic practice area.
Emerging Leaders SIG
This special interest group is charged with identifying additional methods for attracting and meeting the needs of the upcoming generations of actuaries, identifying subject matter from recent SoA/CAS exams and/or exam modules that would be of interest to experienced consultants and providing the opportunity for idea exchange and collaboration between the experienced consultant and the recently credentialed actuary.
Multiemployer Plans SIG
The purpose of the Multiemployer Plans SIG is to assist multiemployer plan actuaries to meet their business and educational needs.
Corporate Qualified Pensions SIG
The purpose of the Corporate Qualified Pensions SIG is to assist pension actuaries to meet their business and educational needs.
Expert Witness SIG
The Expert Witness Special Interest Group is comprised of actuaries who perform or are interested in Expert Witness (EW) work. The purpose of this SIG is to facilitate networking among its members, help make them better in this line of work, and provide a repository for appropriate reference material. Topics of discussion will be member driven, but may include: differences between EW opinions and actuarial analysis reports; EW trends and opportunities; resolving potential conflicts of interest; testimony preparation, presentation and pitfalls; and maintaining attorney-client privilege.
Smaller Actuarial Consulting Firm SIG
The purpose of the Smaller Actuarial Consulting Firms SIG is to assist smaller actuarial consulting firms to meet their business and educational needs.
Applicability of Antitrust Laws
Professional societies, including the Conference of Consulting Actuaries, are subject to federal and state antitrust laws, and must constantly monitor their activities to ensure continued compliance with all antitrust regulations.
Purpose of Antitrust Laws
The antitrust laws prohibit any concerted activity or combination of competitors from interfering with free competition. In other words, the primary thrust of the law is to control private economic power by protecting competition. Persons and organizations are prohibited from engaging in any action which unreasonably restrains commerce or trade (i.e., competition). Per se violations (practices presumed to be inherently wrong regardless of the motivating factors) include: agreements to fix or stabilize prices, to divide markets, to allocate production, or to impose boycotts. In essence, this means any concerted action that significantly diminishes rivalry among competing firms.
The CCA's Policy
The Board of Directors of the Conference of Consulting Actuaries intends adherence to the antitrust laws. The CCA provides guidance on compliance by regularly communicating to our membership, attendees at our continuing education offerings, and committee/task force meetings regarding both the applicability and purpose of antitrust laws.