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May/June 2015

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ERS online Summer Enrollment for Plan Year 2016 scheduled for July 3 to 17

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This year's annual online Summer Enrollment for TDCJ employees begins July 3 and ends July 17, 2015. During these two weeks agency staff may use the ERS website to change their benefits for Plan Year 2016.

If you are a Texas Employees Group Benefits eligible employee, the Summer Enrollment period offers you special opportunities to change work benefits for yourself and your dependents for the upcoming plan year. Changes to dependent coverage, life and disability insurance and PayFlex contributions are restricted to this period unless the employee or a member of their family experiences a qualifying life event such as marriage, divorce, birth or the addition of a new dependent. Evidence of insurability may be required to enroll for some benefits.

To participate in an online Summer Enrollment webinar, or to learn the latest information about attending one of the Summer Enrollment fairs being held in locations across the state, go to the Employees Retirement System Summer Enrollment Events Calendar on the ERS website. Employees should receive their ERS Summer Enrollment packet, which contains details about your benefits and the choices you can make during Summer Enrollment, at least one week before enrollment begins.

As in past years, agency staff may change their benefits by logging into their ERS online account on the ERS website anytime from July 3 through 17. Online registration is easy and convenient, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Employees can also change their benefits by contacting their Human Resources representative, TDCJ Human Resources Division headquarters or the ERS directly between June 29 and July 31. Changes made during this year’s Summer Enrollment become effective on September 1, 2015.

For more information about ERS Summer Enrollment, TDCJ employees should contact HR Employee Services at 936-437-4161 or go to the ERS Summer Enrollment Web page for active employees.

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Information Security: Can you catch the phishing attempt?

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In 2014, the Intel Security Group circulated a version of their Email Phishing Quiz to 100 attendees at the RSA Internet security conference. The quiz showed ten real emails collected by analysts at McAfee Labs; some were legitimate emails and some were phishing emails that looked believable. Participants were asked if they could identify the scams. When the results were tallied, industry experts could find only two-thirds of the fakes. Six percent got all the questions right and 17 percent got half or more wrong. Remember, these conference participants were Internet security pros.

When the quiz was released to the public, of the 19,458 people who took the quiz, 80 percent fell for at least one of the fake phishing emails they saw. Only 3 percent got a perfect score. Would you do any better? Take the quiz at www.sonicwall.com/furl/phishing to find out.

Phishing scams are constantly evolving and fresh, effective emails appear every week. It's mostly a numbers game; phishers send out hundreds of thousands or millions of emails, hoping 0.1 percent of the recipients will open them and click on links that will either direct them to give out personal information or download viruses onto their computers.

All it takes is one click to fall victim to a phishing attack. Here are some tips to avoid being hooked:

It's also good practice to "hover" your mouse over links to make sure they look legitimate, and don’t click on anything that looks suspect. If you receive a suspicious email at work, contact the TDCJ Information Security Office at (936) 437-1800.

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Call toll-free to report waste, fraud and abuse of TDCJ resources

Waste, fraud and abuse of state resources cost all taxpayers millions of dollars each year

The Office of the Inspector General is dedicated to detecting, investigating and prosecuting reports of waste, fraud and abuse of state resources within all divisions of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

If you have any information regarding waste, fraud or abuse of state benefits, equipment, personnel or funds, please contact the Office of the Inspector General, Crime Stoppers or the State Auditor’s Office toll free.

Crime Stoppers 1-800-832-8477 Office of Inspector General 1-866-372-8329 State Auditor's Office 1-800-892-8348

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