Benefit and retirement information for all members of the Massachusetts Employee Retirement System (MSERS)

Mary Connaughton Pioneer Institute filed this request with the Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission (PERAC) of Massachusetts.
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From: Mary Connaughton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, ยง10, I hereby request the following records:

A sortable dataset with names, annual benefits and age of retirement for all current active and retired members of the Massachusetts Employee Retirement System (MSERS).

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.


Matt Blackbourn

From: Parsons, John W. (PER)

Dear Mr. Blackbourn:
I am writing in response to a fax received by this office today, 8/4/2016. It references a prior fax apparently sent on July 25, 2016. Please be advised that we have no record of having received this earlier transmission.
As to your fax of today, I think there is some misunderstanding as to the source of the information you request. Specifically, you request "names, benefits and age of retirement for all current active and retired members of the Massachusetts Employee Retirement System (MSERS)". Be advised that the MSERS is overseen by the State Retirement Board, and not this agency, PERAC. While we may possess small portions of the information you request, we do not possess the majority of it and do not store what we have in a comprehensive manner as you request. I would also add that the request is somewhat confusing in asking for the "annual benefits" and "age of retirement" for active employees; needless to say this information would only be available as to retirees. The State Board as the entity that pays the MSERS retirees would have age and benefit information for its retirees.
I have provided below the contact information to make this request to the appropriate entity. If there are any questions feel free to email me back or call me at 617-666-4446 x 912.

John Parsons

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From: Mary Connaughton

Hi John,

Many thanks for your reply and all these helpful details. Yes, upon sending I realized that this information for 'active' members does not exist--this should have been omitted from the message before sending. I'm grateful for your sharing that the State Retirement Board would be the appropriate body to contact with this request. I will follow up with them and will make sure to eliminate any additional ambiguity.

Thanks again.


From: Parsons, John W (PER)

Thanks, Matt-good luck with your project.


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