The Minnesota State Retirement System provides retirement coverage for most state employees, the University of Minnesota, and selected public-service organizations. The Minnesota State Retirement System administers six defined benefit retirement plans (State Employees, State Patrol, Correctional Employees, Judges, Legislators, and Elected State Officials) and one defined contribution plan (Unclassified Employees). In addition, the system contracts for the administration of a deferred compensation plan available to state employees and other public employees throughout the state.
At June 30, 2001, the Minnesota State Retirement System’s total assets were nearly $9 billion. In fiscal year 2001, the plans provided retirement coverage for over 55,400 active members, 22,100 retired members, and nearly 22,000 deferred members (members who no longer contribute but are eligible for future monthly benefits). The Minnesota State Retirement System provides retirement counseling, benefit-package seminars, newsletters and pamphlets, and an interactive website (www.msrs.state.mn.us). The Minnesota State Retirement System designed the website to allow members to check their own account balances and service credits and to calculate buy-back amounts and annuities.
Our work at the Minnesota State Retirement System focused on auditing their financial statements. We reviewed the agency’s internal controls and compliance with legal provisions in relation to that objective.