CalPERS Puts Pension Information Online
Information about the pensions of almost half a million Californians will soon be available online. CalPERS, the state public employee retirement system, will be posting a searchable database on its website as soon as mid-July.
CalPERS spokeswoman Amy Norris says inquiries from the press and others have increased over the past few years, and this will make the data -- which is legally public information -- more accessible.
"You could search by name, you could search by last employer," she said. "You could potentially search by a dollar amount on the pension. You can sort high to low if you wanted to know the lowest pension, if you wanted to know the highest pensions."
This data has always been available to the public, but previously only by request. Joe Nation, a Stanford professor who has been a critic of CalPERS, says this is a positive move toward greater transparency.