**PUBLIC STATEMENT: State Treasuer Beth Pearce Issues Statement on Recent Financial Market Volatility and Pension Funds**
Retirement Division - COVID-19 INFORMATION
Retirees in Vermont’s defined benefit plans can rest assured that their benefit payments are secure and will continue to go out on the last business day of the month. Our staff continues to serve member and retiree needs through remote services. Retirement counseling sessions are available by phone only. Staff are prioritizing those members who are within 90 days of retirement. Limited phone coverage will be available on the main number (802) 828-2305. If you leave a message, please leave your name and number, and staff will return your call during regularly scheduled business hours of 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Members are encouraged to email questions to email@example.com.
If you are more than 90 days away from retirement and would like an estimate, you can access our online portal and receive this information by visiting retire.vermont.gov.
For employers in our VMERS system experiencing furloughs or reduced work schedules, please see the guidance on employer reporting during the COVID-19 pandemic - VMERS Guidance: Payroll Reporting Furloughed Employees.
Retirement plans administered by the State Treasurer's Office serve more than 55,000 active and retired members through three statutory pension plans. The membership as of June 30, 2019 was:
- 25,935 active
- 7,013 inactive
- 2,462 terminated vested
- 20,197 retired
The three pension plans are:
- Vermont Municipal Employees' Retirement System (VMERS)
- Vermont State Employees' Retirement System (VSERS)
- Vermont State Teachers' Retirement System (VSTRS)
Table of Contents
- New Announcements
- GASB Resource Page
- Fiduciary Oversight
- Public Retirement Study Committee
- Retirement Office
- Retirement Specialists
- Informational Seminars
- More Resources
Retiree 2020 Cost of Living Adjustments Announced
Retiree 2019 Cost of Living Adjustments Announced
Retiree 2018 Cost of Living Adjustments Announced
VSERS Members - Information on Employee Contribution Rates
VSERS Members - Information on your 1095 Tax Form (proof of health insurance)
VSTRS Members - Information on your 1095 Tax Form (proof of health insurance)
Make Sense of Your 1099-R Form
A Board of Trustees for each system is vested with the general administration of the system, as well as the responsibility for formulating administrative policy and procedures for its members and their beneficiaries. The day-to-day retirement operations and pension investment functions are administered through the State Treasurer's Office. The State Treasurer is a member of each Board of Trustees. Board meetings are open to the public and members are welcome to attend at any time. VMERS VSERS VSTRS
Vermont State Employees' Retirement System (VSERS) and Vermont State Teachers' Retirement System (VSTRS) are funded by employee contributions as well as contributions made by the State. The Vermont Municipal Employees' Retirement System (VMERS) is funded by employee contributions and local municipal employer contributions, and receives no State contributions.
The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) is an organization whose main purpose is to improve and create accounting reporting standards or generally accepted accounting principals. GASB approved two new standards in June 2012 that will impact the Vermont State Retirement System and its participating employers. The Treasurer's office has compiled resources on this page to assist accounting and financial administrators with the implementation of the new standards.
Oversight and management of the three systems' assets are under the governance of the Vermont Pension Investment Committee (VPIC).
The State Legislature directed the creation of the Public Retirement Study Committee in the 2014 session. An Interim Study of the Feasibility of Establishing a Public Retirement Plan was due to the General Assembly this session. The committee has recommended to the legislature that their work be extended for another year to allow more time to study the issues.
The Retirement Operations Division comprises 13 full-time staff members. The primary function of the staff is to serve the needs of the active contributing members and retired members receiving benefit payments. On the active member side, the Retirement Operations Division oversees enrollments, transfers, refunds, and adjustments to members' accounts. On the retiree side, the Division oversees the issuance of the payroll, changes to dependents, adjustments to payments, and replacement checks. Other responsibilities include employee reinstatements, calculation of buybacks and refunds, disability retirements, and determination of survivor benefits.
The retirement specialists provide one-on-one counseling to prospective retirees. Specialists provide estimates of pension and beneficiary payments by verifying a member's creditable service, salaries, and personal information (i.e., date of birth, beneficiary date of birth, etc.).
Specialists and supervisory staff also conduct informational seminars which include individual counseling sessions and informational sessions for members of the three systems. For more information please see the Retirement Division Operations section of the Treasurer's Office Annual Report.
Newsletters are published twice a year and provide the latest retirement system announcements, as well as information and resources to assist you in making the decisions affecting your retirement. VMERS VSERS VSTRS
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