Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Citizens' Guide to State Services

Published by
William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
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Employment: Retirement

F20 State Board of Retirement

F21 Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission

F22 Massachusetts Teachers' Retirement System

F23 Contributory Retirement Appeal Board


F20 State Board of Retirement
Office of the Treasurer
One Winter Street, 8th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Tel: 617-367-7770
Toll Free: 1-800-392-6014 (within Mass. only)
Fax: 617-723-1438
www.mass.gov/treasury/retirement
E-mail: sbr@tre.state.ma.us

The State Board of Retirement administers the provisions of laws relative to the retirement of state employees. The Treasurer of the Commonwealth serves as chairman of the Board and oversees the retirement system for state workers.

Regional Office:
436 Dwight Street, Room 109A
Springfield, MA 01130
Tel: 413-730-6135


F21 Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission (PERAC)
Executive Office for Administration and Finance
5 Middlesex Avenue, 3rd floor
Somerville, MA 02145
Tel: 617-666-4446
TTY: 617-591-8917
Fraud Hotline: 1-800-445-3266
Fax: 617-628- 4002
www.mass.gov/perac

This agency, whose management was taken over by a seven-member commission under Chapter 427 of the Acts of 1996, oversees all of the 106 public pension systems in the state (including city, town, county and state pension systems). The agency's purpose is to develop uniform standards and regulations for the process of retirement. Among PERAC's powers and responsibilities are the authority to review all accidental or ordinary disability pensions granted by a retirement board and the right to have access to all books and records of any system. This agency is also authorized to examine the financial affairs and transactions of any system. In addition, they handle workers' compensation claims for state employees. For information about a public pension system, call the number for their main office listed above.


F22 Massachusetts Teachers' Retirement System
Executive Office for Administration and Finance
One Charles Park, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142-1206
Tel: 617-679-MTRS (6877)
Fax: 617-679-1661
www.mass.gov/mtrs
E-mail: geninfo@trb.state.ma.us

The retirement system of public school teachers in Massachusetts is administered by the Massachusetts Teachers' Retirement System.

Regional Office:
One Monarch Place, Suite 510
Springfield, MA 01144-4028
Tel: 413-784-1711
Fax: 413-784-1707


F23 Contributory Retirement Appeal Board (CRAB)
Division of Administrative Law Appeal
98 North Washington Street, 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02114
Tel: 617-727-7060
Fax: 617-727-7248
www.mass.gov/dala/

CRAB, an independent state body part of the Division of Administrative Law Appeal, hears appeals of decisions made by state, county, and municipal retirement boards.


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