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Report Summary
Teachers Retirement Association of Minnesota


Financial Audit Division Report 06-02 Released January 26, 2006

Audit Conclusions

  • We issued an unqualified opinion on the financial statements of the Teachers Retirement Association of Minnesota as of and for the year ended June 30, 2005.
  • We issued our Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting and on Compliance and Other Matters Based on an Audit of Financial Statements Performed in Accordance with Government Auditing Standards. We did not report any material weaknesses involving the internal control over financial reporting and its operation or noncompliance that would be required to be reported under Government Auditing Standards.




Background Information

The Teachers Retirement Association of Minnesota (TRA) serves as the administrator of a multi-employer, cost sharing defined benefit fund. TRA administers a Basic Plan (without social security coverage) and a Coordinated Plan (with social security coverage) in accordance with Minnesota Statutes, Chapters 354 and 356. Its members include teachers employed in Minnesota’s public elementary and secondary schools, charter schools, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system, and all other state educational institutions, with the exception of teachers employed by the cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Duluth and the University of Minnesota. In fiscal year 2005, TRA provided retirement coverage for 74,552 active members, 38,957 retired members, and 9,880 deferred members (members who no longer contribute but are eligible for future annual benefits).

At June 30, 2005, the Teachers Retirement Association of Minnesota’s total net assets held in trust for pension benefits were approximately $15.9 billion. For the year ended June 30, 2005, TRA received contributions of about $318.7 million and paid benefits and refunds of about $1.052 billion.



More Information

Office of the Legislative Auditor, Room 140, 658 Cedar St., St. Paul, MN 55155 : or 651‑296‑4708