Department News
Jan 11, 2023 8:30am
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WRS in the Spotlight for Pension Plan Stability and Sustainability

Pew Charitable Trusts cites the WRS as one of three public employee pension plans that has maintained high funded ratios at predictable costs over the past 20 years and conducts a wide-ranging Q&A-style interview with ETF Secretary John Voelker.

Department News
Jan 11, 2023 8:00am

Office Closures Observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2023

ETF, including all customer service phone lines, will be closed for business Monday, January 16, 2023, due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. observance. Regular Customer Service Call Center hours (see below) will resume on Tuesday, January 17.

Customer Service Call Center Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

Department News
Dec 19, 2022 12:00pm

Holiday Closings of ETF Offices 2022

The Department of Employee Trust Funds, including all customer service phone lines, will be closed for business on Monday, December 26 and Monday, January 2. ETF’s customer service call center staff will be available beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 27 and Tuesday, January 3.  Wisconsin Retirement System members are encouraged to utilize ETF’s website to view and print forms, brochures and review online videos.

Department News
Dec 9, 2022 12:00pm

When Are 2023 Annuity Payments Available?

Under state law, monthly Wisconsin Retirement System annuity payments are payable on the first day of the month. The chart below shows upcoming 2023 payments affected when the first falls on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday.

Department News
Dec 8, 2022 8:00am

ETF Resumes In-Person Group Retirement Appointments

After a two-year hiatus ETF is set to resume in-person group retirement appointments with a benefits specialist. Sessions are currently scheduled from January to March. See the schedule and register now.

Department News
Nov 21, 2022 10:00am

Office Closure - Thanksgiving 2022

The Department of Employee Trust Funds, including all customer service phone lines, will be closed for business on Thursday, November 24, due to the Thanksgiving Day holiday. ETF’s customer service call center staff will be available beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Friday, November 25.

Department News
Nov 16, 2022 5:00pm

GIB Simplifies Income Continuation Insurance Program

The Group Insurance Board today approved changes to simplify the Income Continuation Insurance Program for employers and members and addressed other topics affecting the administration of the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program.