August is the month that your local pension board needs to hold a meeting and certify the Membership Reconciliation Report (MRR) for the March - August billing cycle. The MRR lists the Department's active volunteers who are enrolled in the pension system.
It is the responsibility of the Local Board to ensure that all the Department's active volunteers are enrolled and that the pension roster is accurate.
The MRR is available to download from TESRS Online (TOL). Any departments who have not certified and submitted the MRR in TOL by August 26, 2018 may be assessed administrative penalties.
To help guide you through the MRR process, our office published a procedural document.
Information Act (Government Code Chapter 552), gives the public the right
to access government records. An officer for public information and the
officer’s agent may not ask why a requestor wants them.
If you receive a request for information under the Public Information Act you should act promptly to comply with the law; however, we encourage you to seek legal advice regarding your responsibilities because the receipt of a public information request triggers important deadlines for governmental bodies.
All government information is presumed to be available to the public. Certain exceptions may apply to the disclosure of some information. Governmental bodies shall promptly release requested information that is not confidential by law— either constitutional, statutory, or by judicial decision— or information for which an exception to disclosure has not been sought.
You should also be aware that Government Code § 552.0038 deems confidential the records of individual members, annuitants, retirees, alternate payees, program participants, or persons eligible for benefits from a retirement system from public disclosure. If you believe this provision may apply to requested records, you are encouraged to confer with an attorney to determine whether you must withhold confidential information.
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Be sure to check out these additional sections in the TESRS Online Training Manual that can be found under the Forms & Publications tab, or by clicking on the link here.
We've also provided a how-to training video that can assist you in the steps needed to print and provide benefit statements and estimates to your members.
Please contact our office by email at [email protected] if your members encounter any incorrect information or would like to know more about their service history.
The Texas Emergency Services Retirement System has sent letters to many of those who are vested and over age 55 to encourage them to file for retirement.
We need your help! If you know any former members who are eligible to retire, please encourage them to file an application with our office.