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December 22, 2010

Re:       Pension Processing Training for Certifying Officers

Dear Mayor:

The Division of Pensions and Benefits is pleased to announce the Spring 2011 schedule of Pension Processing training for Certifying Officers and other personnel who are responsible for pension and benefits at the municipalities.  The programs are offered in two separate sessions that complement each other.  Once again, they will be holding classroom training and webinars.   In addition, the Division will be conducting a new webinar for all employers. 

DCRP Enrollment and Processing: This program covers the enrollment rules for the Defined Contribution Retirement Program (DCRP) in detail.  Discussion includes permanent, temporary, and on-call enrollment rules and show you how to enroll employees using the EPIC system.  Representatives from the Division will explain DCRP benefits and the reporting process.  Time will be allowed for questions and answers.

Pension Processing 102 (Local Government Employers) Enrollments, Benefits Overview, and Online Systems:
This session covers enrollment rules and procedures for the PERS, PFRS, and DCRP and presents a brief overview of the benefits of each of the plans.  Division of Pension introduces the EPIC system, where employers can access to their employees' pension account information for processing and inquiry, as well as the MBOS system, which allows employees and retirees to access their own accounts.

Classroom Sessions:     March 9th or June 1st

Webinars:                    February 15th or April 12th 

PENSION PROCESSING 202 (Local Government Employers) Processing, Reporting and Health Benefits: This continuation of the 102 class provides training on the employer’s responsibility in pension and benefit administration including purchase of service credit, loans, retirement, health benefits, and death claims — with an emphasis on how to use EPIC for these tasks.  There is also an in-depth look at quarterly reporting and the IROC and TEPS systems that employers use to complete their required reporting and payments.  Finally, a brief overview of benefits under the State Health Benefits Program (SHBP) will be presented.

Classroom Sessions:     March 16th or June 8th

Webinars:                    March 3rd or April 28th  

To register for any of these programs, please visit the Division’s web site.

Also, keep in mind that the Division of Pension’s is available for one-on-one training via online meeting.  This is particularly helpful for training new benefits or payroll staff.  Please feel free to contact the Division of Pension to get more information.  You can email Ken Hartman at regarding this service.

Very truly yours,


William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director


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