PSRS and PEERS Receive National Award for Meeting Public Pension Standards

PSRS and PEERS have both received the Public Pension Coordinating Council's (PPCC) Public Pension Standards 2017 Award in recognition of meeting professional standards for plan funding and administration as set forth in the Public Pension Standards. PSRS has received the award each year since 2004, and PEERS each year since 2005. Both Systems not only met, but also substantially exceeded the requirements for both the plan funding and administration awards.

PSRS and PEERS both earned PPCC Awards for 2017

"We are proud to receive these awards again this fiscal year," said PSRS/PEERS Executive Director Steve Yoakum. "Not just because of the recognition by our national associations, but more importantly because they serve as confirmation that we are meeting our ongoing goals of providing our membership with outstanding service and retirement security."

To receive the Recognition Award for Administration, a retirement system must certify that it meets the requirements in five areas of assessment. Those areas are:

  1. Comprehensive Benefit Program. The system must provide a comprehensive benefit program including service retirement benefits, in-service death benefits, disability benefits, vesting and provisions for granting a cost-of-living adjustment.
  2. Actuarial. An Actuarial valuation must be completed at least every two years using generally recognized and accepted actuarial principles and practices.
  3. Audit. The system must obtain an unqualified opinion from an independent audit conducted in accordance with government auditing standards generally accepted in the United States.
  4. Investments. The system must follow written investment policies and written fiduciary standards and the system must obtain an annual investment performance evaluation from an outside investment review entity.
  5. Communications. Members must be provided a handbook or summary plan description, regular updates to the documents, and an annual benefit statement. Meetings of the governing board of the system must be conducted at least quarterly with adequate public notice.

To receive the Recognition Award for Funding, a retirement system must certify that it meets the requirements for funding adequacy, as defined as meeting one or more of the following criteria:

  1. A funded ratio of 100%,
  2. Contribution rates equal to or greater than 100% of the Annual Required Contribution, or
  3. A plan has been approved by the governing body to achieve or one or both of these criteria within five years.

The PPCC is a coalition of three national associations that represent retirement systems and administrators. Combined, these associations serve retirement systems that provide pension coverage for most of the nation’s employees of state and local government.

They are:

  • The National Association of State Retirement Administrators (NASRA)
  • The National Council on Teacher Retirement (NCTR)
  • The National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems (NCPERS)

The Public Pension Standards reflect minimum expectations for public retirement systems management and administration, and serve as a benchmark by which all defined benefit public pension plans should be measured.