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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: April 9, 2018 03:11 PM
From: Representative Brad Roae
To: All House members
Subject: Merging the Administrative Functions of SERS and PSERS
In the near future, I will introduce legislation that will merge the administrative functions of SERS and PSERS which would save millions of dollars a year. The actual funds will remain separate and there will be no merging of the actual funds. There would be no changes in pension benefits for retirees, current employees or future employees. There would be cost savings by eliminating duplicative positions and making things more efficient.

Duplicative and expensive positions would be eliminated if the administrative functions were combined. Rather than each system having its own director of member services, they would share that employee and share the cost. The two systems would share a director of human resources rather than each system paying the cost to have their own and only one director of IT would be necessary rather than each agency employing their own. There are dozens of these types of positions that could be eliminated with a merger of administrative functions.

Retention would be used to reduce the overall number of administrative employees. Each time an administrative employee leaves, they would not be replaced. Instead, their duties would be combined with an employee or employees in the proposed newly combined system. Over time, there will be more efficiency and less duplication.

The governor has proposed merging departments and we are over halfway done reducing the size of the House from 203 to 151 Members. This legislation would be another step in reducing the size of state government.

I would greatly appreciate your support of this proposed legislation. Thank you very much for your consideration.