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Retirement

Defined Contribution Plans in the Public Sector: An Update

This issue brief finds that while there has been much discussion of shifting from defined benefit to defined contribution plans, relatively few governments have actually done so. (4/14)

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Health Care

Local Health Department Workforce Recruitment and Retention: Challenges and Opportunities

A new report finds that local health departments face significant workforce recruitment, retention, and succession planning challenges as they try to meet increasing service demands within continued fiscal constraints. (11/21/13)

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Workforce

Local Health Department Workforce Recruitment and Retention: Challenges and Opportunities

A new report finds that local health departments face significant workforce recruitment, retention, and succession planning challenges as they try to meet increasing service demands within continued fiscal constraints. (11/21/13)

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Compensation

Comparing Compensation: State-Local Versus Private Sector Workers

An examination of whether benefits close the wage gap between public and private sector workers. The analysis found that the compensation of state-local and private sector workers is similar. (9/15/11)

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News

  • Public Pensions and the Lessons of Success

    Center President & CEO Elizabeth Kellar looks at three well-funded pension plans and what can be learned from their success in her Governing column. (4/9/14)

  • Retirement confidence bounces back, but only among wealthy savers

    Reuters cites the Center’s public sector research in its coverage of EBRI’s 2014 Retirement Confidence Survey. (3/18/14)

  • Fiscal pressures drive benefit changes

    Center President & CEO Elizabeth Kellar tells American City & County magazine that state and local governments face significant challenges in containing the costs of pensions and employee benefits within budgets that are stretched thin. (2/25/14)

  • Municipalities Use Medicare to Reduce OPEB Costs

    Moody’s cites the Center’s annual workforce surveys in a report on how municipal governments can use Medicare to lower their OPEB costs (see page 5). (3/6/14)

  • GovLoop Talks Next Gen Retirement Planning with the Center

    Chris Dorobek of the DorobekINSIDER program talks with Center President/CEO Elizabeth Kellar and Vice President of Research Joshua Franzel about their PM magazine cover story on how post-recession benefit changes are affecting the retirement strategies of new hires. (2/3/14)

  • Retirement: Why the Next Generation Needs a Plan

    Center President/CEO Elizabeth Kellar and Vice President of Research Joshua Franzel look at how post-recession benefit changes affect the retirement strategies of new hires and what government employers can do to help them in this PM magazine cover story. (Jan/Feb. 2014)

  • The Health of State and Local Pensions

    Center V.P. Joshua Franzel and NASRA Research Manager Alex Brown talk pension funding status with NARFE. Posted with permission of NARFE magazine, the monthly publication of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, www.narfe.org (1/17/14)

  • Public Health and the Leadership Imperative

    Center President/CEO Elizabeth Kellar writes in Governing magazine that government officials must take a leadership role in public health and other vital societal issues. (1/15/14)

  • So, I can retire when?

    Governing features a new paper by Center President/CEO Elizabeth Kellar and Vice President of Research Joshua Franzel on how post-recession benefit changes affect the retirement strategies of new hires and what government employers can do to help them. (1/13/14)

  • Vancouver pensions least burdensome in study

    The Vancouver Columbian features Center research in a look at how the city’s pension costs compare with other cities. (12/21/13)

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