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Panel holds off on recommendation on new home for Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System

June 6, 2024 by Josh Snyder | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette A subcommittee of the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System’s board voted Thursday to delay making a recommendation on where the system should move its offices until a consulting firm’s report on the efficiency of the state agencies is published. The Investment Finance Subcommittee, chaired by system trustee

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Employee Benefits

State Board of Finance endorses proposed health insurance plan that would cut rates for current state employees, slightly raise rates for most retirees

May 22, 2024 by Michael R. Wickline | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Most current employees in the state’s health insurance plan for state employees will pay less than they currently do, and most retirees will pay slightly more, under proposed changes for calendar year 2025 that won the endorsement of the state Board of Finance on Wednesday.

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The Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System’s investments reaches total value of $11.43 billion

May 15, 2024 by Michael R. Wickline | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette The Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System’s investments gained about $477 million in value during the last quarter to $11.43 billion, an investment consultant reported to the system’s board of trustees on Wednesday. The system’s investment return in the quarter that ended March 31 was 4.85%,

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Arkansas legislative panel backs Sanders’ request to exceed maximum pay for 6 state officials

April 18, 2024 | Written by Mike Wickline The Arkansas Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee on Thursday signed off on Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ request to grant 2% merit pay raises to the secretaries of the state departments of commerce, education, human services, military and veteran affairs and the Governor’s Mansion administrator and exceed their maximum-authorized

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Jessica Patterson Assumes Role as Director of the Office of State Procurement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media ContactBrooke HollowoaMarketing and Communications Directorbrooke.hollowoa@arkansas.gov501-534-3057 Little Rock, Arkansas—The Arkansas Department of Transformation and Shared Services is pleased to announce Jessica Patterson’s appointment as the Director of the Office of State Procurement. She currently serves as the Transformation and Shared Services Chief General Counsel. She will continue serving in this capacity alongside

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Student First Technologies chosen as next Arkansas LEARNS voucher vendor

April 3, 2024 by Cynthia Howell | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Student First Technologies is the state’s choice to manage the distribution of millions of dollars in taxpayer funds to private schools and other service providers on behalf of students participating in the state’s new voucher and/or literacy tutoring grant programs. Brooke Hollowoa, communications director for the Arkansas

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State Procurement

Director of state procurement resigns to become associate general counsel for University of Arkansas

March 13, 2024 by Michael R. Wickline | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette The director of the Office of State Procurement, Ed Armstrong, has submitted his resignation to become associate general counsel for the University of Arkansas System later this month. As associate general counsel, Armstrong will focus on contracts, procurement, real estate, construction and other transactional issues within

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Personnel Management

Arkansas panel endorses Commerce Department request for 2 administrative posts totaling $400,000

March 13, 2024 by Michael R. Wickline | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette A legislative panel on Wednesday endorsed the state Department of Commerce’s request to create two administrative positions with a projected total cost of about $400,000 in federal and state funds. The Legislative Council’s personnel subcommittee recommended the Legislative Council approve the Commerce Department’s request to create

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