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Honorable Robert Cowles, State Senator
118 South, State Capitol
Madison WI 53707
Honorable Samantha Kerkman, State Representative
315 North, State Capitol
Madison WI 53708
Dear Senator Cowles and Representative Kerkman:
I am writing on behalf of the Wisconsin Coalition of Annuitants’ (WCOA) Board. The WCOA is composed of organizations that represent retired state and local government employees who are covered by the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS). Many of them also participate in the group health insurance program and other benefit programs under the supervision of the Group Insurance Board (GIB) and administered by the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF). As such, the WCOA closely follows the two agencies that oversee the WRS and the other employee benefit programs to assure they are administered for the benefit of the participants.
The WCOA discussed the audit of the Group Insurance Board that was recently completed by the Joint Legislative Audit Bureau, particularly the release of sensitive personal information. The Board felt the issue of the breach of Social Security numbers was addressed by the LAB and ETF. With respect to the release of other personal information, the Board passed the following motion: “The WCOA appreciates ETF’s thorough analysis and process in communicating GIB participants’ personal identifying data.”
We trust you will share this with the other committee members. Thank you for your time.
Cc: Tarna Hunter, ETF
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