PERA presented to the Legislative Audit Committee on July 27. The primary agenda was a review of PERA’s financial returns. PERA staff and outside analysts were on hand to present and answer questions from committee members.
Every year, an independent auditor hired by the Office of the State Auditor conducts a review of PERA’s financial status and fiscal controls. CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, which has been auditing PERA’s annual statements since 2015, audited the 2019 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. The auditors gave the 2019 CAFR a clean audit, and committee members heard an overview of results from the annual report. You can read a summary of the 2019 CAFR here.
Signal Light Reporting
In 2014, the Legislative Audit Committee directed the Office of the State Auditor to contract with an actuarial firm to develop a methodology to simplify the understanding of PERA’s financial status. The result was the development of a tool called Signal Light Reporting, which PERA submits annually to the committee. This report summarizes the funded status of each PERA Division by using a color scale. The scale resembles a stop light, from green, indicating that PERA is projected to be on track to fully funded status, all the way to red. PERA submitted and shared the latest report, which shows that all divisions are on track to reach fully funded status by 2048 (green).
Ongoing Oversight at the Capitol
PERA reports to numerous committees at the State Capitol, including the Legislative Audit Committee, Joint Budget Committee, Joint Finance Committee, Pension Review Subcommittee, and Pension Review Commission. These regular check-ins provide lawmakers the chance to learn more about PERA and ask questions to PERA management. They also provide additional forums in which PERA members can learn more about how PERA works. For those not able to listen to the live broadcast, a recording can be found here.