PA State Capitol Building




Mailing Address

PO Box 61543
Harrisburg, PA 17106-1543


Shipping Address

300 Swatara Street

Dauphin, PA  17018-0765



Karen K. Deklinski
Executive Director
Phone: 717-979-5788

Douglas A. Bonsall

Director of Operations/Office Manager
Phone: 717-921-1957

James A. Perry
Executive Director Emeritus
Phone: 717-545-3901


PAPERS Brochure

2018 PAPERS Membership and Sponsor Fees

PAPERS Membership Application








11th Annual

Fall Workshop

Nov. 14-15, 2017

Pittsburgh, PA


14h Annual


May 22-23, 2018

Harrisburg, PA








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Welcome to PAPERS


The mission of the Pennsylvania Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems (PAPERS) shall be to encourage and facilitate the education of its membership in all matters related to their duties as fiduciaries overseeing the assets of the pension funds with which they have been entrusted.  It will be PAPERS' primary purpose to conduct an annual educational forum that provides the basis for improved financial and operational performance of the public employee retirement systems in the State. PAPERS will function as a central resource for educational purposes and act as a networking agent for all public plan staff and board members.


To learn more about PAPERS, please click here.


From the Desk of the Executive Director


Welcome to the PAPERS website!!!


It's difficult to believe summer is over especially since the first couple days of fall had beautiful and hot summer weather!  But with the oncoming of fall we have much to look forward too and there are some exciting things happening at PAPERS.  


Our Fall Workshop in November at the Doubletree in Pittsburgh is shaping up to be one of the best workshops ever.  We have several members participating in panel discussions regarding investment policy statements, experience actuary studies, the benefits of adding real estate to your portfolio and even working with both defined contribution AND defined benefit plans.  The workshop will have experts in all these areas and promises to have concrete and meaningful discussions with us all. 

The most exciting news is the revamping of PAPERS certification program.  The Executive Board of PAPERS created a brand new education committee a few months back.  The committee has been working all summer on curriculum, presentations, and formatting for a Public Pension Professional certification.  With a little luck we will have an announcement at the November workshop regarding the PPP certificate.  There is more information in this newsletter regarding the workshop but please don’t hesitate to call me or Doug if you have questions!   I look forward to seeing everyone on November 14!


Karen K Deklinski




Click here to access the latest issue of the PAPERS e-newsletter

(Fall 2017)



11th Annual PAPERS Fall Workshop

November 14-15, 2017

The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown

1 Bigelow Square, Pittsburgh, PA


Click here for the final conference agenda


Some of the speakers at the Fall Workshop have given permission for their presentations to be posted on this website.   Click here to access this information.


Thank You to the Following Corporate Sponsors
for this Conference:

Platinum Sponsor

BNY Mellon

Gold Sponsor

Neuberger Berman

Silver Sponsors

Aon Hewitt

Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP

Fidelity Institutional Asset Management

Graystone Consulting

Macquarie Investment Management

National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts

An Update on Pension Reform Legislation

On Monday, June 12, 2017, Governor Tom Wolfe signed Senate Bill 1 into law  which made significant changes to the pension programs in state government.  The bill, which is aimed to slow the growth of pension liabilities, passed both the State Senate and the House of Representatives with bipartisan support.

The new law will give future Commonwealth employees three new public pension plans from which to choose. Each plan offers a defined contribution component, similar to a 401(k), that is typically offered to workers in the private sector.  The plans provide future employees, those hired in 2019 or after, retirement security and portability. Current employees will have the opportunity to opt in to a menu plan or continue in their current plan and retirees would not see any changes in their plan.

State employees who have been designated as hazardous duty employees such as state troopers, correction officers, state park rangers, game wardens and capital police for example are exempted from the plan and will remain in the Commonwealth's  current defined benefit plan that provides a guaranteed pension benefit. Legislators explain these individuals are exempt because they often have shorter careers in public service due to the hazardous nature of their jobs and, in the case of the State Police, they may not collect Social Security.

During the PAPERS conference in May at the Harrisburg Hilton we had an opportunity to hear from Senator Jake Corman as well as Representative  Joe Markosek on the pension issue.  It was very informative to have those conversations prior to the legislation becoming law.  We can look forward to more conversation regarding public pensions and PAPERS will be diligent in getting information out to you.  Please don't  hesitate to contact me if you have questions or need additional information. 

Thank you. 

Karen Deklinski

Executive Director















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