Robert Fellner

Transparency Researcher

Robert Fellner is a transparency researcher at NPRI and joined the Institute in December 2013.

Recent Work

Retiring in the lap of luxury

Nevada government pensions are often better than paychecks

January 22, 2015

This analysis examines 10 of Nevada’s largest government agencies and compares the full-year equivalent 2013 retirement payouts of 2011-2013 retirees who had 30 years of service or more with their final-year base pay.

Time for the City of Mesquite to obey transparency law

Nevada city abandons previous compliance, obstructs public knowledge of employee compensation

July 31, 2014

After a local newspaper published a commentary on the City of Mesquite’s failure to provide compensation data for, the city provided the information.

North Las Vegas and Henderson plagued by the same problem

Collective bargaining prevents local governments from reigning in outlandish employee compensation

April 30, 2014

North Las Vegas and Henderson might seem like polar opposites, but under the surface, both face the same problem: The State of Nevada’s collective bargaining mandate for local governments severely restricts their ability to reduce or even limit employee compensation increases.

Three reasons most 'average' pension amounts mislead

April 29, 2014

Public pension systems often cite their average pension payout as evidence that their pension benefits are reasonable. Also, many defenders of public pension plans attempt to use these averages to counter evidence that pension benefits have become excessive in recent years. But, there's often problems with the numbers.