Welcome to the
The State of Colorado Department of Labor and Employment is
proud to offer this Web site as a handy, quick reference tool
for public employers and their employees, attorneys, accountants,
auditors, payroll officials, finance officials, and others
who need information about Social Security and Medicare
(hospital insurance) requirements for state and local
government employees. This Web site is designed to help
anyone who is confused about Social Security and Medicare
coverage, benefits, and tax withholding requirements for
state and local (public) employees, or who does not have the
time to research the complex laws, rules, regulations, and
guidelines involved with state and local Federal Insurance
Contribution Act (FICA), Social Security, and Medicare matters.
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment’s
Public Employees’ Social Security (PESS)
Program’s Home Page.
The Colorado Public Employees’ Social Security (PESS) Program
is responsible for administering the Social Security and
Medicare coverage program for all state and local (public)
governmental employers throughout the State of Colorado.
A significant part of the Colorado PESS Program’s
responsibilities is to assist all of Colorado’s public employers
by serving as a facilitator and communication bridge between
those employers and the United States Social Security
Administration (SSA) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS),
which are the two principal federal agencies responsible for
coverage, benefits, and tax withholding associated with Social
Security and Medicare.
While this Web site is part of the State of Colorado’s
Homepage and includes examples using Colorado and its
political subdivisions, the issues presented are national in
nature, so the majority of the information is applicable to
any other state (including all 50 states, the Virgin Islands
and Puerto Rico).
In this site are answers to such questions as: