Boston Retirement Board

Timothy Smyth, Esq, Executive Officer

Mission Statement

To provide accurate, timely, and consistent guidance and benefits to members and their beneficiaries in a courteous and professional manner.

To ensure that the investment portfolio is adequately diversified at an acceptable risk level to provide sufficient assets to fund the benefits when due.

Vision Statement

To become a retirement benefits leader in member counseling and benefits delivery by embracing technology, supporting staff development, and focusing on member needs.

Additional Information and Resources:

  • Retirement Checklist

    The Retirement Board is pleased to offer the attached 'Retirement Checklist' and additional information on the retirement process. The 'Retirement Checklist' highlights the essential documents employees should have when considering retirement as well as useful information surrounding the entire retirement process

    Retirement Checklist & Process »

  • Chapter 176 of the Acts of 2011 - Pension Reform

    Please review important membership provisions in the latest pension reform act. Contact us if you need further explanation or clarification of the information.

    More Information »

Requests for Proposals

Portfolio Monitoring and Securities Litigan Services

The State-Boston Retirement System is seeking proposals from qualified law firms to provide portfolio monitoring and any associated evaluation and counseling services, as well as securities litigation services on a contingency/no cost basis to the System. The State-Boston Retirement System is a governmental defined benefit pension fund with approximately $5.4 billion in assets and serves approximately 34,000 active and retired members/beneficiaries from all City of Boston departments, as well as the Boston Redevelopment Authority, Boston Housing Authority, Boston Public Health Commission, and Boston Water & Sewer Commission.

Where to get the RFP:


In the City of Boston's Supplier Portal


Timothy J. Smyth, Esquire, Executive Officer at with "RFP Request: Portfolio Monitoring and Securities Litigation Services" in the subject line.


5:00 P.M. on Sunday, Agusut 30, 2015.

More information:

All investments made by the State-Boston Retirement System are subject to the provisions of the Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 32, as amended by Chapter 176 of the Acts of 2011, and the rules and regulations of the Public Employees Retirement Administration Commission (PERAC), 840 CMR. The selected firm must have familiarity and agree to comply with all applicable laws and PERAC regulations. The Board reserves the right to cancel or reject in whole or part any or all proposals in the best interest of the System.

RFP’s may be obtained up to the proposed deadline.


Any qualified firm or attorneys seeking more information should contact Timothy J. Smyth, Esquire, Executive Officer at


Legal Services

The State-Boston Retirement System is seeking proposals to provide legal services regarding a civil litigation matter involving discrimination claims under M.G.L. c. 151B, M.G.L. c. 93 section 103 and Article 114 of the Massachusetts Constitution currently pending in Suffolk Superior Court.  Applicants should be experienced in matters related to Massachusetts employment law.

Where to get the RFP:  

In person:

Boston Retirement Board, City Hall, Room 816, Boston, MA 02201


Padraic P. Lydon, Esq. at


1:00 P.M. on Monday, September 14, 2015. Requests must be delivered as sealed written proposals

More information:

The RFP packet details will include the scope of services, qualifications, bid requirements and a schedule of dates. The State-Boston Retirement Board reserves the right to reject any and all bids.


Any qualified firm or attorneys seeking more information should contact Padraic P. Lydon, Esq., General Counsel, at

Related Links


  • Notice Regarding Buybacks

    We are still working to complete approximately 2,000 service purchase applications after Pension Reform III. We appreciate your patience as we finish the backlog and manage other incoming requests.

    NOTE: If you are retiring within the next four to six months and you have one or more service purchase applications currently pending with us, please let us know so that we may give your service purchase requests priority.

  • Meeting Dates & Agenda for Retirement Board

    Meetings will be held the third Wednesday of every month commencing at 10:00 AM.

  • Important Changes to Certain Social Security Services

    Beginning August 2014, Social Security number printouts will no longer be offered in field offices. Additionally, beginning October 2014, field offices will stop providing benefit verification letters except in emergency situations. These verifications are available online and may be obtained anytime by registering for a my Social Security account.

    Complete Information about Social Security Service Changes

    Register for my Social Security Account

    More Information