New pension reporting standards from the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) are creating confusion. As local governments struggle to understand and implement changes, some credit reporting agencies have announced that they have yet another way to calculate pension obligations to determine a government’s credit worthiness.

What do you need to know?  To guide local and state leaders, ICMA and ten other national organizations representing the nation’s governors, state legislatures, state and local officials, and public finance professionals, created the Pension Funding Task Force. The task force’s findings are in, and ICMA is conducting a webinar to explain their recommendations.  Specific tips about maintaining a well-funded plan will be shared from the Denver Employees Retirement Plan experience.

The audience: State and local government managers, elected officials, and finance directors.

The take-away:

State and local governments will learn about the recommendations of the Pension Funding Task force and how to improve a pension plan’s funded position

You will discuss:
  • The Pension Funding Task Force findings
  • The distinct pension calculations involved with "books" (accounting); "bonds (rating agencies) and "budgets" (annual pension contribution)
  • How to discuss these changes in a public forum
  • Strategies to improve pension funding

The speakers:
Elizabeth Kellar, President/CEO, Center for State and Local Government Excellence, and
Richard Harris, Finance and Compliance Officer, Denver Employees Retirement Plan
Session Information
"On Demand" provides you with online access of the recording for 90 days. CD-ROM provides you with a permanent recording of the event. Please allow 2-3 weeks to receive your CD once the live event date has concluded.
NOTE: CD-ROM purchase not available for free programs
Date Presented:
August 28, 2013 1:00 PM Eastern
1 hour, 30 minutes
Getting a Grip on GASB and Pension Funding
Speaker Information
Richard Harris   [ view bio ]
Elizabeth Kellar   [ view bio ]
Individual topic purchase: Selected
International City/County Management Association
Continuing Education Hours: 1.50
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ICMA Member Price:$149.00
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CD-ROM (Win)
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Non-Member Price:$249.00