Early version of DROP report taken offline

What happens in Amsterdam, stays in Amsterdam, at least for now.

In the wake of Friday's Inquirer article on an early version of the city's uber-secret assessment of the Deferred Retirement Option Plan that was presented six months ago at a conference in that fine city, the academic group that hosted the press conference has taken the paper off its website.

Apparently Anthony Webb, one of three Boston College economists who authored the paper, was stepping beyond his agreement with the city in releasing information about the report. Webb also apparently did not expect his presentation, for the Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement's pension workshop, held Jan. 27-29 at the American Hotel, to be posted online.

But it was. At least until today, when the program listing each speaker with a link to their presentation was changed to remove the links to Webb's paper and Powerpoint presentation.

The final report is expected to be released next week, as early as Tuesday, Aug. 3.

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