The ongoing global financial crisis, coupled with the continued dramatic increases in life expectancy, have escalated the concerns countries have regarding the sustainability of their pension systems and how these retirement schemes will be financed.Read More Table of Contents
Designed as a comprehensive overview of public sector compensation, the book addresses strategies for change, with the author warning that failure of the profession to address this issue will ultimately lead to citizens taking matters in their own hands. The author's issues-oriented approach addresses his core message-that the escalation of public sector compensation is impacting the ability of government to meet its core responsibility and the failure of government to address this has serious consequences. Not just a critique, the book presents context, analysis, and suggestions for reform.Read More Table of Contents
"This provocative analysis documents mutation away from ideals of governmental service devoted to public interests into a political culture of public employment in principal pursuit of self interests..."
- Chester A. Newland
Emeritus Duggan Distinguished Professor of Public Administration, University of Southern California; and Former Director, Federal Executive Institute
"Key policy makers and individuals would be remiss not to include a detailed review of the public sector in the Nation’s debate about compensation and the financial crisis. Thom Reilly’s thoughtful analysis of the shift in culture and compensation in the public sector reveals nuances that only a long-standing, executive-level civil servant could provide..."
- Heather H. Murren, CFA
Former Commissioner Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Pensions and other retirement benefits have become a multi-trillion-dollar
black hole for state and local government budgets, sparking fierce battles between elected officials
and voters on one side and public sector unions on the other...
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Reilly, Thom & Thom, Michael (under review).Local Government Sick-leave practices: An Exploratory Study.
Thom, Michael & Reilly, Thom (under review). Compensation Benchmarking Practices in U.S. Local Governments: Results of a National Survey.
Reilly, T. (2013). Comparing Public-Versus-Private Sector Pay and Benefits: Examining Lifetime Compensation. Public Personnel Management., 42(4), 521-544.
Reilly, T. (2013). Rethinking The Role of the Profession on Public Sector Compensation. Public Administration Review ,(73) 1, 8-9.
Reilly, T. (2013). Reforming Public Pay and Benefits. State and Local Government Review, 45 (1), 57-64.
Reilly, T. (2012). Public Pensions and Retiree Health Care in Nevada: An Analysis. The Nevada Review Journal, (4) 2, 3-28.
Reilly, T., and Reed, M. (2011). Budget Shortfalls, Employee Compensation and Collective Bargaining in Local Governments. State and Local Government Review. 43 (3), 215- 223.
Reilly, T., Schoener, S. & Bolin, A. (2007). Public Sector Compensation in Local Governments: An Analysis. Review of Public Personnel Administration, 27 (1), 39 -58.
Traditional public pensions widen the public-private pay gap, and they aren't a good fit for a
younger government workforce...
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Officials from Nevada’s Public Employees Retirement System recently announced that the system saw a
12.4 percent increase in value in the fiscal year that ended June 30, beating its 8 percent
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Nevada's pension system is one of the most generous public employee retirement plans in the nation...
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It is of little surprise that the Comprehensive Pension Reform (CPR) initiative (which replaces
guaranteed pensions for most city workers with a 401(k)-style plan, freezes base pay for city
workers and removes special pay from counting toward pension calculations) is appearing on the June
ballot in San Diego and garnering a good deal of citizen support...
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My years in both state and local government have made me a passionate non-partisan. I stand before
you today believing very strongly that the policies and financial issues surrounding public pay and
benefits are bipartisan issues and the failure to make needed reforms will have a profound impact on
the ability of state and local government to function effectively...
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June 21, 2012 - A broken system...
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