Sunset Advisory Commission Review

In April 2016, following an extensive staff review of Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) operations and procedures, the Sunset Advisory Commission published the Sunset Staff Report on ERS, detailing findings and recommendations in several key areas, including:

  • Contracting and procurement;
  • Strategic management of the Texas Employees Group Benefits Program;
  • Transparency and member engagement in the insurance appeals process;
  • Member education of program benefits and processes; and
  • Investment governance operations.

ERS management began implementation of many of the staff recommendations immediately following the release of the staff report. Several recommendations, such as creating a new Office of Procurement and Contract Oversight to centralize and improve agency processes for awarding and overseeing contracts, were already in place or under development at the time of the report’s publication.

The final recommendation decisions adopted by the Sunset Advisory Commission at its November 2016 meeting included both management directives and legislative changes to the agency’s authorizing statutes. The latter were drafted as two identical pieces of legislation, Senate Bill 301 (by Senator Kirk Watson) and House Bill 2459 (by Representative Dan Flynn), known as the ERS Sunset bills. The 85th Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 301 on May 29, 2017, was signed by the governor on June 9, 2017.

Below are reports and documents developed or published during the Sunset review.

Resource documents providing additional details regarding Employees Retirement System of Texas operations can be found on the reports and studies webpage.