Pension Crisis

Virginia Law Shields Pension Double-Dippers

Well, you don't want to embarrass them


State law seems to block Virginia from creating an online database of public employee pension payroll that could reveal anomalies like "double dippers" in the system.  

A portion of Virginia Code called Government Data Collection and Dissemination Practices Act (2.2-3800) prohibits the state from making public information about who gets paid what out of the taxpayer-funded, seriously underfunded Virginia Retirement System. And, per the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, privacy exemptions protect such information from public requests, according to Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's office and the Virginia FOIA Advisory Council.