Earlier this year, self-described pension fraud watchdog group, Transparent California, issued a California Public Records Act request seeking a wide array of information on individuals receiving retirement benefits from CalPERS. Although CalPERS released almost all the information requested, it refused to identify the category of individuals’ retirement benefits, either as service retirement or disability retirement. Transparent California then sued CalPERS to force the release of this information, stating in its petition that it would use the information “to investigate and ascertain potential improper or fraudulent claims submitted through CalPERS.” In late October, we filed an application for intervention on behalf of four CalPERS-affiliated organizations – California Correctional Peace Officers’ Association, CAL FIRE Local 2881, California Association of Professional Firefighters, and California Association of Highway Patrolmen. The four prospective intervenors, speaking for their members, seek to add their voices to that of CalPERS in arguing that Transparent California is engaged in a thinly-veiled effort to force disclosure of the most private medical information of disability retirees – all in the service of the group’s mission to “fight fraud.” We expect to learn later this month or in early December whether the court in Sacramento hearing the matter will permit the intervention.
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