The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

July 9, 2013
Poll: Weigh in on CalPERS' online pension database plan

Our cyber/fiber report on the CalPERS plan to launch a searchable database of retiree pension information that is considered public information has prompted plenty of response, particularly from pensioners who object to the idea.

We've received several calls and emails today from outraged CalPERS members who are certain that their privacy will be violated, that they will be more vulnerable to predators who target the elderly.

The courts have determined that the information CalPERS said it will put online is public record. The fund has answered requests for the information for several years. The difference now is that it will be more easily accessed via the Internet. For those who advocate for government transparency, the CalPERS database is a step forward. But for the people who have contacted us during the last two days, it's a step or two backward.

What do you think?

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Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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