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The Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) was established in 1946 to provide retirement, disability, and death benefits to Oregon’s state, school district, and local government employees. The agency’s 370 employees serve 208,000 non-retired members, 124,000 retired members or beneficiaries, and approximately 925 public employers. PERS processed approximately 9,500 retirements in 2013, and some 71,000, or 35 percent, of Oregon’s public employees were eligible to retire as of April 1, 2014.

PERS paid approximately $3.2 billion to benefit recipients in Oregon in 2013. Those payments boosted Oregon’s economy by supporting approximately 30,000 jobs in the state as benefit recipients spent money on goods and services in Oregon. Additionally, the state collected an estimated $159 million in income taxes on PERS benefits during 2013.

PERS is administered by a five-member board that also administers the Oregon Savings Growth Plan, a deferred compensation program open to Oregon public employees, and the PERS Retiree Health Insurance Program. The PERS Fund is invested and managed on behalf of members and beneficiaries by the Oregon Investment Council with staff support from the State Treasury Investment Division. PERS Fund investment returns have averaged more than 8 percent annually over the last decade, helping PERS become one of the best funded public retirement systems in the nation.


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Contact Information

Mailing Address: PO Box 23700, Tigard 97281-3700
Telephone: 503-598-7377; Toll-free: 1-888-320-7377; TTY: 503-603-7766
Fax: 503-598-1218
Contact: Steve Rodeman, Executive Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Ricki Vang
Records Officer Email: Alan Smith
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Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS 237.350–237.980, 238.005–238.750, 238A.005–238A.475, 243.401–243.507
Budget Analysis (PDF) - by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu

Records, Publications and General Information

Agency History (PDF) - a detailed history of the agency
Records Retention Schedule (PDF) - a list of the public records kept at the agency
State Archives Holdings - a select list of the agency's records available for research at the State Archives
State Library Publications - a link to the Oregon State Library Catalog