WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California State Teachers’ Retirement System’s Director of Corporate Governance Anne Sheehan was elected Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Investor Advisory Committee today.
Ms. Sheehan was appointed as a member of the IAC when it was created in 2012, followed by her election as vice chairman in June 2015. Since April 2017, after Kurt Schacht left the committee, Ms. Sheehan has been acting chairman. In addition, Ms. Sheehan served as Chairman of the Investor as Owner Subcommittee from 2012 to 2014.
The Governmental Accounting Standards Board issued two new accounting standards that significantly change the way pensions are reported. Statement No. 67, Financial Reporting for Pension Plans, was implemented by CalSTRS in its fiscal year 2013-14 financial statements. Statement No. 68, Accounting and Reporting for Pensions, is effective for plan employers in fiscal year 2014-15.
Under previous standards, the pension obligation calculated for funding purposes and financial reporting were closely aligned. The new standards break the link between funding and financial reporting by moving from an approach that focuses on the process by which employers finance their future projected cash outflows for pension benefits, to one that stresses the obligation an employer incurs through the employment-exchange process. Significantly, the employers’ collective pension obligation, which was previously only disclosed in the notes to CalSTRS financial statements, will be reported as a liability in the employers’ financial statements.
The employers’ collective pension obligation is referred to as the Net Pension Liability. CalSTRS reported a Net Pension Liability for the State Teachers’ Retirement Plan of $67,324 million as of June 30, 2015.
CalSTRS is actively communicating with our employers regarding the new accounting standards through a variety of methods including:
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