Accounting

Recent Presentations by Bartel Associates

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Pension Funding Guides by the Pension Funding Task Force - 8/12/13

Difference between pension amounts for Books (accounting), Bonds, and Budgets (cash contributions) plus a Guide to Pension Funding for Elected Officials from the Pension Funding Task Force.

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Public Plan Funding Policy Document Issued

This report discusses the public policy objectives of pension and OPEB funding and develops a model funding policy consistent with those objectives as well as with actuarial standards of practice. Appropriate plan funding is a major issue for retirement systems, with current funding levels relatively low and recognizing constraints on available resources. With the elimination of the ARC (Actuarial Required Contribution) under GASB Statement 68, which has been used by many plans as the "out of bounds marker" for funding, there is little guidance for setting contribution levels. “Actuarial Funding Policies and Practices for Public Pension and OPEB Plans and Level Cost Allocation Model” was adopted March 1, 2013 by the legislature-created California Actuarial Advisory Panel to advise actuaries and retirement boards both in California and across the U.S when setting funding policies. John Bartel is a member of the California Actuarial Advisory Panel. Please contact John or any of our actuaries to understand the model funding policies and how they might apply to your plan.

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CalPERS Discusses Possible Changes to Funding Policy

Alan Milligan, CalPERS Chief Actuary, made a presentation to CSMFO on February 22nd, preceded by a CalPERS Board workshop on the 21st. The presentation discussed potential changes to the contribution methodology that will likely result in much higher contribution rates and higher volatility in normal years but much less contribution volatility for extreme events. These would likely first impact FY 15/16 contribution rates.

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Brief Summary of GASB 68 (August 2012)

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John Bartel Speaks at Public Retirement Journal’s Seminar 9/19/2012

Presentation available in PDF on the Articles page.

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NEWS RELEASE 06/25/12 by GASB

New GASB Pension Accounting Standards Approved.

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