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Data Practices

Right to Access Public Data

The Minnesota Government Data Practices Act Minnesota Statutes Chapter 13, presumes that all government data are public unless a state or federal law says the data are not public.

The Minnesota Government Data Practices Act provides that PERA must keep all government data in a way that makes it easy for you, as a member of the public, to access public data. The Guide for Member of the Public Requesting Information will further explain:

  • the right to access public data
  • how to make a data request
  • how we respond to a data request
  • requests for summary data
  • data practices contacts
  • copy costs



Guide for Member of the Public Requesting Information 

Data About You

The Minnesota Data Practices Act says that data subjects have certain rights related to a government entity collecting, creating, and keeping government data about them. You are the subject of data when you can be identified from the data.

Data about you are classified by state law as public, private, or confidential. The Guide for Requesting Information about You (As a Member or Former Member) will further explain:

  • classification of data about you
  • your rights under the data practices act
  • how to make a request for your data
  • how we respond to a data request
  • data practices contacts
  • copy costs
  • standards for verifying identity
  • consent for release of information.



PERA Guide for Requesting Information about You

Affirmative Action

This Affirmative Action Plan meets the requirements as set forth by Minnesota Management and Budget, and contains affirmative action goals and timetables, as well as reasonable and sufficiently assertive hiring and retention methods for achieving these goals. 

This statement reaffirms the Public Employee Retirement Association is committed to Minnesota’s statewide affirmative action efforts and providing equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants in accordance with equal opportunity and affirmative action laws.

I affirm my personal and official support of these policies which provide that:

  • No individual shall be discriminated against in the terms and conditions of employment, personnel practices, or access to and participation in programs, services, and activities with regard to race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, or membership or activity in a local human rights commission.
  • This agency is committed to the implementation of the affirmative action policies, programs, and procedures included in this plan to ensure that employment practices are free from discrimination. Employment practices include, but are not limited to the following: hiring, promotion, demotion, transfer, recruitment or recruitment advertising, layoff, disciplinary action, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation, and selection for training, including apprenticeship. We will provide reasonable accommodation to employees and applicants with disabilities.
  • This agency will actively continue to promote a program of affirmative action, wherever minorities, women, and individuals with disabilities are underrepresented in the workforce, and work to retain all qualified, talented employees, including protected group employees.
  • This agency will evaluate its efforts, including those of its directors, managers, and supervisors, in promoting equal opportunity and achieving affirmative action objectives contained herein. In addition, this agency will expect all employees to perform their job duties in a manner that promotes equal opportunity for all.


It is the agency’s policy to provide an employment environment free of any form of discriminatory harassment as prohibited by federal, state, and local human rights laws. PERA strongly encourages suggestions as to how we may improve. We strive to provide equal employment opportunities and the best possible service to all Minnesotans.