The Center is collecting best practices, principles, and lessons learned from state and local pension plan changes that have been negotiated over the past 10 years.

  • Center Vice President of Research Joshua Franzel participates in a panel at the Government Finance Officers Association conference examining the impact of baby boomer retirement on pensions, health care, and the workforce, including succession issues, retaining expertise, recruiting, and public perception.

    May 18, 2014
  • This report gauges the effects of changes in state pension plans on the retirement income of retirees.

    April 24, 2014
    Research Studies
  • 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.

    April 23, 2014
    Research Studies
  • This issue brief examines automatic escalation options for public sector retirement plans and supplemental defined contribution plans.

    March 27, 2014
    Research Studies
  • Center President & CEO Elizabeth Kellar discusses changes to Governmental Accounting Standards Board reporting standards for local pension plans in this presentation to the National Association of Counties (NACo). She also reviews Pension Funding Task Force best practice recommendations for local plans.

    March 3, 2014
  • This new issue brief examines the structure and terms of supplemental savings plans offered by 20 cities and counties around the country.

    February 25, 2014
    Research Studies
  • 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.

    February 24, 2014
  • This brief explores the extent to which economic factors, poor fiscal management, and/or high pension costs contribute to the challenges cities with financial problems face.

    December 11, 2013
    Research Studies
  • Center Vice President of Research Joshua Franzel presents an overview of state and local pension plans in the U.S., and discusses a few U.S. sovereign wealth funds and retiree health care trusts, at the World Pensions Council Summit in Hong Kong.

    November 7, 2013
  • Understanding public pension data has become more complex as GASB, the rating agencies, and governments themselves may all be using different sets of pension numbers for different purposes. The Center, ICMA, and other leading national associations representing state and local governments, agencies, and officials, have developed a one-page summary to help explain the differences among these numbers; how each has its own intended purpose and audience; and new resources available to lawmakers to address pension funding.

    November 5, 2013
    Fact Sheets