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The State Retirement and Pension System administers the survivor, disability and retirement benefits covering State and local government employees, teachers, State police, correctional and law enforcement officers, judges, and legislators.

Under one Board of Trustees, the State Retirement and Pension System consolidates the Pension System for Employees of the State of Maryland and the Employees' Retirement System, the Pension System for Teachers of the State of Maryland and the Teachers' Retirement System, and the State Police Retirement System. Prior to this consolidation, retirement and pension systems functioned separately. The earliest began in 1927 when the Teachers' Retirement System was established (Chapter 344, Acts of 1927). The Employees' Retirement System formed in 1941 (Chapter 377, Acts of 1941). Thereafter, the State Police Retirement System started in 1949 (Chapter 349, Acts of 1949). In 1970, these three systems were placed under the Department of Personnel. In 1979, the Pension System for Employees of the State of Maryland, and the Pension System for Teachers of the State of Maryland were created (Chapters 23, 24, Acts of 1979). From these systems, the Maryland State Retirement and Pension Systems formed in 1982. When the pension law was recodified in 1994, the Maryland State Retirement and Pension Systems was renamed the State Retirement and Pension System (Chapter 6, Acts of 1994).


In 1982, the Board of Trustees for the State Retirement and Pension System was created (Chapter 506, Acts of 1982). The Board establishes rules and regulations to administer the several pension systems and manage pension funds. On matters concerning the operation of the pension funds in the System, the Board selects an actuary as its technical adviser. From the Board, each member and beneficiary receives a summary of the System's annual report and of the individual's vested benefits.

To arrange and evaluate all medical examinations required under the laws of the several pension systems and to investigate all applications for disability retirement, the Board designates one or more medical boards. The boards each are composed of three physicians ineligible to participate in these pension systems.

The Board of Trustees has fourteen members. Eleven are elected or appointed members who serve four-year terms. Three serve ex officio. Two trustees each represent the State employees' and teachers' retirement funds; one represents the State Police retirement fund; and one the interests of participating local governments; five represent the public. Trustees representing the Employees', State Police and Teachers' Systems are elected by the members and beneficiaries of their respective systems. The Governor appoints the trustees representing the interests of local governments and the public (Code State Personnel and Pensions Article, secs. 21-104 through 21-127).


An agency of the Board of Trustees, the State Retirement Agency administers the several State pension systems. The Executive Director is appointed by the Board (Code State Personnel and Pensions Article, secs. 21-117 through 21-123).

Under the Agency are four Divisions: Finance; Information Systems; Investment; and Retirement Administration.


The Finance Division began as Fiscal Affairs, and became the Fiscal Affairs Division by 1994. It adopted its current name in 1996. The Division is responsible for accounting and financial reporting, budget administration and procurement, and human resources.


Information Systems started as Data Processing. In July 1993, it reformed as Systems Development within the State Retirement Agency and reorganized under its present name in 1995. The division designs and implements automated management information systems and enhancements to systems.


In 1982, the Investment Division originated as the State Investment Agency under the State Retirement and Pension System (Chapter 506, Acts of 1982). Functions of the State Investment Agency reorganized through the Investment Division under the State Retirement Agency in 1988 (Chapter 698, Acts of 1988). The Division invests, manages, controls, and performs investment accounting functions for the Retirement Accumulation and Annuity Savings Funds of the System.


Under the State Retirement Agency, the Retirement Administration Division formed in 1988. The Division pays benefits to retirees, and administers employee contributions. Retirement counseling is provided to individuals and in group sessions.

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