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Railroad Retirement Board

844 North Rush Street, Chicago, IL 60611-1275

312-751-7154 | Email:

CHAIRMANErhard R. Chorlé

LaborJohn Bragg
ManagementThomas R. Jayne


CHIEFKeith T. Sartain

Field Service

Field Service

Fiscal Operations

Fiscal Operations
CHIEFShawna R. Weekley

Accounting and BudgetJohn Walter
Audit Affairs and ComplianceTimothy Hogueisson
Treasury, Debt Recovery and Financial Systems(vacancy)

Information Services

Information Services
CHIEFTerryne F. Murphy

Enterprise ApplicationsFrancesco Restivo
Information Technology Strategy and Technology ManagementRobert LaBerry
Infrastructure Services(vacancy)
Policy and ComplianceTimothy Grant


DIRECTORDaniel J. Fadden *

Acquisition ManagementPaul T. Ahern
Human ResourcesNancy L. Bitzer
Public AffairsMichael P. Freeman
Real Property ManagementScott L. Rush

* also serves as the Senior Executive Officer

Equal Opportunity

Equal Opportunity
DIRECTORPamela M. Tate

General Counsel

General Counsel
Ana M. Kocur

Hearings and AppealsSpiridoula Mavrothalasitis
LawAna M. Kocur
Legislative AffairsBeverly Britton-Fraser

Secretary to the BoardStephanie Hillyard



Disability BenefitsSherita P. Boots
Policy and SystemsKimberly Price
Program Evaluation and Management ServicesJanet M. Hallman
Retirement–Survivor BenefitsValerie Allen
Unemployment and Programs SupportMicheal T. Pawlak

Inspector General

Inspector General
Martin J. Dickman

The Railroad Retirement Board administers comprehensive retirement-survivor and unemployment-sickness benefit programs for the Nation's railroad workers and their families.


On June 27, 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt approved Public Law 73–485, which is commonly cited as the Railroad Retirement Act, "to provide a retirement system for railroad employees" (48 Stat. 1283).

President Roosevelt's approval "established as an independent agency in the executive branch of the Government a Railroad Retirement Board, to be composed of three members appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate" (48 Stat. 1287). One member of the Board, representatives of the railroad employees recommend for appointment; another member, representatives of the carriers (i.e., railroad employers) recommend for appointment. The Chair of the Board, neither representatives of the employees nor representatives of the carriers recommend. The Chair is a public member of the Board and cannot have a pecuniary or other interest in any employee organization or carrier.

The RRB's statement of organization has been assigned to part 200 in 20 CFR.

The RRB posts an "Organization Chart" on its website.


The RRB derives statutory authority from the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act of 1938 (PL 75–772) and administers its provisions.

The RRB also derives statutory authority from the Railroad Retirement Act of 1974 (PL 93–445) and administers its provisions.

The RRB participates in the administration of the Social Security Act and the Health Insurance for the Aged Act. Certain provisions of these two Acts affect railroad retirement beneficiaries.

Statutory material that emanates from the Railroad Retirement Acts of 1934, 935, 1937, and 1974, has been codified and assigned to Chapter 9 of 45 U.S.C. Title 45 is dedicated to the subject of "Railroads."

Statutory material that deals with railroad unemployment insurance is codified and and has been assigned to Chapter 11 of 45 U.S.C.

Rules and regulations that are associated with the RRB are codified and have been assigned to Chapter II of 20 CFR. Chapter II includes parts 200–399.


The RRB's activities center on administering comprehensive retirement-survivor and unemployment-sickness benefit programs for the Nation's railroad workers and their families in accordance with the provisions of railroad retirement and railroad unemployment insurance laws. The RRB also administers certain benefit payments and Medicare coverage that the Social Security Act provides.

RRB field offices manage a placement service for unemployed railroad personnel.

Sources of Information

Archived Records

The "Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States" indicates that RRB records have been assigned to record group 184.

Automatic Increases

The RRB posts automatic increases—cost of living adjustments and wage indexed amounts—that are associated with Medicare, the Railroad Retirement Act, and the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act on its website.


The "Benefits" web page has sections on benefits that are associated with disability, Medicare, retirement, sickness, survivorship, and unemployment. The "Benefits" page also has secure service options for conducting personal business with the RRB online and information on Federal income taxes that are withheld form railroad retirement benefit payments.

Some information on benefits is available in Spanish.

Career Opportunities

Contact the RRB's Bureau of Human Resources. Phone, 312-751-4580.


In 2019, the RRB ranked 18th among 28 small agencies in the Partnership for Public Service's Best Places To Work Agency Rankings.

The RRB maintains a job vacancy list of openings that hiring railroad employers report. The list includes job postings that are not expected to be filled locally.

Contact Information

The "Contact Us" web page has an email directory and phone numbers.

The RRB's Director of Public Affairs coordinates responses to inquiries from members of the media. | Email:


The RRB posts datasets on the website

External Links

An extensive collection of links to Government, railroad industry, railroad union, and other websites is available on the RRB website.

Federal Register

Significant documents and documents that the RRB recently published in the Federal Register are accessible online.

Field Offices

Field offices are located throughout the country. Staff members answer questions about Medicare and Social Security benefits for railroad workers and their families, retirement benefits, sickness and unemployment benefits, survivor benefits, and tax withholding and statements. A Zip Code locator is available online for finding the nearest field office.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The FOIA requires the RRB to disclose records to which a person has requested access in writing. Note, however, that certain exemptions and exclusions that the statute contains shield certain records, or parts of them, from disclosure. The FOIA applies to Federal agencies and does not create a right of access to records that are held by the U.S. Congress, the courts, or by State or local government agencies.

Before submitting a formal FOIA request in writing, browse the electronic FOIA reading room or search specific documents that are part of its collection to confirm that the desired information is not immediately and freely available. | Email:


A glossary of RRB terms is available online.


The illegal receiving of RRB benefits or suspected misconduct affecting or involving the RRB, its programs, or its employees, should be reported to the Office of Inspector General. | Email:


The RRB posts news items on its website.

Open Government

The USAGM supports the Open Government initiative by promoting collaboration, participation, and transparency.


The "Publications" web page provides convenient access to the employer exchange newsletter, program and circular letters, and additional published information.


RRB online resources include information on appeals, equal opportunity and civil rights, legal opinions and Board decisions, rules and regulations, and paying debts electronically. The "Resources" web page also provides convenient access to a glossary, reading room, retirement handbook, video library, and opportunities for railroad employment.

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