Originally Posted by ziggy29
I think it's good that they release information relative to the the positions people held and the size of the pension, but I don't agree with releasing the names of the individuals. That could make them a target of someone who is sufficiently angry and who aims their anger at the recipients instead of the policy makers.
I remember learning a few years ago that as a City employee, my name, job title, salary and I forget what other information were public record, and that somebody had requested and been given the listing under the Freedom of Information Act or whatever law it is that makes the information public.
Since I'm a single woman who lives alone, I was uncomfortable with the idea that some unknown person had obtained my information. The employee list wouldn't give my marital status, but I have an unusual name and it wouldn't be at all difficult to figure out where I lived, if anyone wanted to do so. I was also concerned about the possibility of identity theft, and wondered if my name was about to go back on all the mailing lists it had taken so much effort to get it removed from. In the end, no visible results were produced by the release of the information.
I have no idea what purpose is served by obtaining individual employees' information. If anyone wants to see what their money is being spent on, I would think of a list of job titles with salaries and the number of employees at each rating, would be sufficiently revealing. I think I would be even more opposed to releasing retirees' names and info. First of all, they are no longer working for the public entity, so why is their info a matter of public record any more than if they left government employment and took a job in the private sector? Second, there are people out there low enough to target seniors for financial swindles and publishing retirees' names seems like a handwritten invitation to such scammers.