Calif. Public Pension Database May Be Axed

Some folks not happy about the transparency


After catching an earful from retirees and others, it looks like CalPERS' plan to launch an online pension database is all but officially dead.

The database, which was the topic of The State Worker blog's most-viewed item in 2013, would have disclosed pensioners' names, their pension payments, their last state employer, and a few other bits of information considered public record. CalPERS reasoned that the integrity of the data would be better protected on its own website rather than on external sites kept by other organizations. Some of those groups use the data for political effect.