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Several Options Are Available for Modifying the Florida Retirement System’s Class Structure to Reduce System Costs, Report No. 10-15, January 2010
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  • The Florida Retirement System has evolved since its creation, which has increased state and local government costs. The Legislature could consider several options for modifying the system’s retirement class structure to reduce system costs, including consolidating employee retirement classes, restricting class membership, modifying benefits for some classes, and requiring employees to contribute to the retirement system. These options would generally shift FRS back to the model that existed when the system was established in 1970, move the system closer to the model used by most other states, and recognize the longer life expectancy of current employees. By doing so, the options would reduce benefits for affected employees. Therefore, when considering these options, the Legislature should consider the overall system of employee compensation and how changing the Pension Plan and the Investment Plan would affect that system.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Retirement Benefits Administration
State Board of Administration of Florida

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 19-04 During Fiscal Years 2016 Through 2018, Major SBA Fund Returns Exceeded Market-Based Investment Benchmarks Over the Long Term,published in March 2019.
  • Report No. 16-06 Over the Long-term, Major SBA Fund Returns Exceeded Market-Based Investment Benchmarks; FRS Pension Fund Multi-Year Performance Similar to Other States.,published in November 2016.
  • Report No. 15-05 FRS Pension Plan Investment Returns Are Similar to Other Public Pension Funds; SBA Continues to Increase Alternative Investments,published in March 2015.
  • Report No. 13-05 FRS Pension Plan Investment Returns Are Similar to Those of Other States; SBA Is Increasing Alternative Investments,published in February 2013.
  • Report No. 11-10 Compared to Other States, the Pension Plan Is Better Funded, Incurs Lower Investment Fees, and Has Fewer Trustees; Investment Returns Are Average,published in February 2011.
  • Report No. 10-31 The Legislature Could Consider Several Options for Modifying State Employee Compensation,published in March 2010.
  • Report No. 10-29 FRS Defined Contribution Plan Costs Are Typically More Predictable; the Fiscal Impact of Requiring New Employees to Enroll in the Plan Is Influenced by Many Factors,published in March 2010.
  • Report No. 10-28 DROP Could Be Improved by Defining Its Purpose, Standardizing Requirements, and Ensuring That Benefits Are Equitably Funded,published in March 2010.
  • Report No. 10-19 Florida Retirement System Funds and Investment Returns Declined with the Economy; the SBA Reports That Its Investment Strategy Is Designed to Withstand Losses,published in February 2010.
  • Report No. 09-16 Retirement Fund Investments Decline with the Economy But Still Meet Several Performance Benchmarks; SBA Must Improve Communication with Its Stakeholders,published in March 2009.
  • Report No. 08-72 Economically Targeted Investment Program Under Development,published in December 2008.
  • Report No. 06-68 Progress Report: Use of Investment Returns Has Increased; Plan for Addressing Associated Risks Should Be Documented,published in November 2006.
  • Report No. 06-38 Florida Retirement System Pension Plan Fully Funded and Valuation Met Standard,published in April 2006.

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