At the end of each fiscal year, the Retirement Fund engages an independent auditor to perform an audit of the Retirement Fund’s financial statements. The auditor is asked to determine if the Retirement Fund’s financial statements are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. The auditor’s review considers the design, implementation, and maintenance of the Retirement Fund’s internal controls relevant to the preparation and fair presentation of financial statements to help determine that they are free from material misstatements, whether due to fraud or error. Audit reports are available below beginning for the fiscal year ending in 2012.
Additionally, beginning in 2014, the Retirement Fund began preparing a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (ACFR) complying with the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) format in order to help heighten transparency into the Retirement Fund’s financial condition. Each ACFR for the years beginning with 2014 is available below. The Retirement Fund received the GFOA’s prestigious Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports.
In a policy statement on March 9, 2021, the Government Finance Officers Association requested that all industry affiliates immediately stop using the common four-letter acronym most often associated with the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report because of the increasing professional awareness that the acronym, when pronounced aloud, sounds the same as a derogatory term historically used in other parts of the world. The Retirement Fund is adhering to this suggested policy and has changed all references on this web page from such four-letter acronym to ACFR. For more information, please see End the Acronym (gfoa.org).