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Sunday, May 20, 2007
Can't Get No (Satisfaction)
At my recommendation, he forwarded his concerns and my interpretation to the PERS Coalition attorney, Greg Hartman. Mr. Hartman reviewed the situation and concluded that it was unfortunate but fell within the parameters of the remediation. Only the outcome of existing litigation could possibly change the result. My correspondent then petitioned PERS following the procedure contained in the recalculation letter. Yesterday they responded. After a lot of yada, yada, yada, it concluded: "The appeal is denied because it does not raise a bona fide dispute of material fact, the pertinent statutes and rules are clear in their application to the facts, and there was not an administrative error". Not surprising, but disappointing. He's left now only to appeal to an administrative Judge petitioning for a contested case hearing. In the meantime, PERS has offered to provide him with the material facts of his calculation for a simple toll-free phone call.
I suspect that anyone else who tries to appeal the Strunk/Eugene calculations will find the same result. I don't discourage members who genuinely believe that PERS has MISCALCULATED something to challenge them. But appealing on the grounds that you don't believe you owe the money isn't going to get you anything but a response much like Mr. T.