The controversy that kicked up in July over CalPERS' plan to launch an online pension database has reached the California Legislature.
According to a letter sent last week by Sen. Jim Beall and Assemblyman Rob Bonta to CalPERS President Rob Feckner, the Senate and Assembly public pension committee chairmen plan to hold hearings after the legislative session ends on "issues related to the right of the public to access CalPERS data and personal privacy concerns."
Fund officials envisioned a regularly updated website that would become the go-to resource for researching its public pension data.
CalPERS currently responds to individual requests, and the information, officials say, is sometimes corrupted in translation or cherry-picked for political purposes.
Social Security numbers and addresses, which are private information, would not be on the website. But pensioners' names, allowance amounts, service time and other data are public records that would be on the site.
Retiree groups blasted the idea, fearing that con artists would use the info to prey on vulnerable seniors. CalPERS has put the database launch on hold.
No dates have yet been set for the legislative hearings.
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