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Dates of Collection: The following are important dates in the data collection process.
Mailout: December, 2012
Follow-up Mailout: March, 2013
Data in these files are based on information from the 2012 Census of Governments: Finance – Survey of Public Pensions: State- and Locally-Administered Defined Benefit Data. Forms were mailed to the 227 state-administered pension systems and 3,771 locally-administered systems. Staff contacted non-respondents through a follow-up mail-out and follow-up telephone calls. Approximately 71.0% of the respondents chose to submit their data via the web.
Data for survey year 2012 encompass fiscal years that ended between July 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012 (FY2012), and do not reflect data for the entire calendar year of 2012. There are exceptions to the fiscal year rule for the state retirement systems in Alabama. Michigan, and Texas. For systems in these states, the fiscal year moves beyond the June 30 cutoff. The data for survey year 2012 covers the fiscal year ending August 31, 2012 for Texas and September 30, 2012 for Alabama and Michigan. These exceptions are made to better align the pensions data with the State Finance Survey.
The Census Bureau collects these data by law under Title 13, U.S. Code, Sections 161.
For further information, please refer to the 2012 Census of Governments: Finance – Survey of Public Pensions: State- and Locally-Administered Defined Benefit Data 2012 Survey Methodology [PDF, 124KB]