The Office of Retirement Services (ORS) recently received a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from:
The request specifically asks for: “an electronic copy of any and all retired public school employees which are paid a monthly pension annuity broken down by employee and year, in electronic format and emailed for the year 2018. This data should include the following data items: first name, middle initial, last name, last employer zip code, and employee zip code of residence, and monthly annuity amount.”
Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act (Act 442 of 1976), which is intended to ensure that citizens have access to information about their government, requires ORS to comply with this request and others that may be submitted. Please note that employee zip codes beyond the first two digits are being withheld from disclosure under FOIA, meaning only the first two digits of your zip code were released. If you have any questions about why the information was requested or how it may be used, please contact Steven Schupbach.
ORS will never release sensitive information such as Social Security numbers, dates of birth, contact information, beneficiary information, or medical records.
If you’d like more information about Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act, you can review the act on the Michigan Legislature website or check out Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act publication prepared by the Office of the Attorney General.
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