All WRS Employers
Vol. 21, No. 1
January 20, 2004
2004 Monthly Remittance Reports (ET-1515) Mailing to be
The 2004 Monthly Retirement Remittance
Reports will be sent to employers the week of February 9, 2004.
The delay in distributing reports will not change the due dates
for submitting your January 2004 report. The January 2004 report
is due February 20, 2004 for state agencies and February 27, 2004
for local employers.
Many employers are submitting supplemental
payments to reduce or pay off Unfunded Accrued Liability (prior
service) balances. These supplemental payments may reduce or eliminate
an employers prior service contribution percentage rate. Due
to the large number of employers making these supplemental prior
service payments, the Department of Employee Trust Funds (DETF)
is delaying the distribution of the 2004 Monthly Retirement Remittance
Reports to ensure that remittance reports generated contain
correct 2004 prior service contribution rates.
Note: Employers using the Employer
IVR System to file their January 2004 report should not phone in
the report until they receive the 2004 Monthly Retirement Remittance
Please call Nancy Kittleson at (608)
267-9034 if you have questions regarding your 2004 employer rates.
Other questions regarding the Monthly Retirement Remittance Report
can be directed to Jim Krawczyk at (608) 266-3309.
Department Redesigns Internet Site
for Improved Service
The Department of Employee Trust Funds
(DETF) has redesigned its Internet site to better serve Wisconsin
Retirement System employers and participants. Look for the new design
the first week of February, 2004.
In addition to more user-friendly pages
and menus, DETF significantly improved the sites constructionnewer
technologies allow, among other things, visitors to bookmark any
page on the site (rather than just the homepage), making it possible
to paste specific page links into electronic communications.
The site redesign allows for easier,
more logical navigation and features updated graphics, pictures,
and colors. The "Whats New" section on the homepage
showcases current items of interest to participants such as health
insurance or interest crediting. Other homepage sections permit
access to publications, calculators that estimate retirement benefits
and service purchase costs, information regarding DETF governing
boards, employment news, and a site map. WRS employers can order
forms online and review employer manuals, bulletins, eligibility
criteria, and more.