Public Plans Data is featured in the February issue of Government Finance Review
Center Staff Articles from Around the Web
This new website makes accessing public pension data easier than ever.
In her Smart Management column for Governing, SLGE’s President and CEO Elizabeth Kellar notes that, as the use of contract and temporary workers grows and millennials move into government, the public sector will need to adapt.
As government pensions become less generous for new hires, automatic enrollment in supplemental savings plans can make a big difference.
The new Public Plans Data website also has “quick facts” pages with data at the national, state, and plan levels. Visit the site at www.publicplansdata.org
As private-sector wage growth outpaces the public sector’s, Center President/CEO Elizabeth Kellar writes in Governing Magazine about the challenge governments face attracting and retaining talented employees.
State and local governments are hiring again, but they’re having difficulty finding — and retaining — the right people. In her column for Governing, Center President & CEO Elizabeth Kellar asks: Do governments have a people problem? (7/8/14)
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)
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)
Center President & CEO Elizabeth Kellar writes in the October issue of PA Times about the recruitment and retention crisis facing state and local governments. Posted with the permission of ASPA. (Oct. 2013)
Center President and CEO Elizabeth Kellar writes in Governing that municipal bankruptcies are rare, and suggests how to avoid that painful choice. (8/29/13)
Although there has been no general trend toward shifting employees to a defined contribution plan as the primary retirement benefit, some states are beginning to look at defined contribution plans as a primary offering for certain employee groups. (4/12/13)
In 2009, in the wake of the economic downturn, states increased their efforts to address the sustainability of their public pension systems. Since then, nearly every state legislature has passed reforms to various elements of their public pension systems, with most reducing benefits and/or requiring greater employee contributions. The coming year should see significant activity in several states as well. (2/28/13)
As the federal government debates the continuation of the payroll tax cut and postpones the critical debate over the long term financing of Social Security, what might it learn from state and local government pension management? Center for State and Local Government Excellence President & CEO Elizabeth Kellar writes about the consequences of pension holidays and why some pension plans are better funded than others. (2/8/12)
Center researcher Alex Brown reviews the impact of reforms made by the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System in the Statesman Journal. (1/14/12)
Fear mongering about bankruptcy and defaults is costly and hurts the economic recovery, writes Center President & CEO Elizabeth Kellar. (2/8/11)
Health care reform is stretching the capacity of state workforces, but it also offers an opportunity to tackle problems, writes Center President & CEO Elizabeth Kellar in PA Times. (November/December 2010)
Center President & CEO Elizabeth Kellar tells American City & County magazine how local governments are cutting health care costs while improving their employees’ overall wellness. (10/10)
In an article in HR News, Center President & CEO Elizabeth Kellar describes how government human resources professionals need to take a strategic approach to balancing workforce needs with economic realities. See page 12. (9/10)
Center staff look ahead at the fiscal and demographic challenges that face local governments in the coming year. (January/February 2010)