Retirement Seminars

DRS Retirement seminars


Getting ready to retire

Presenter: Stacy Rundle

Are you a Washington state public employee who is planning to retire within a few years? There is quite a bit to consider when making decisions for your retirement. Here is some helpful information to get you started.

Run time: 19 minutes

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Retiring from Plan 2: PERS, SERS or TRS

Presenter: Jim Mendoza

Designed for Plan 2 members within five years of retirement, this video provides you with essential information to aid you in making important retirement decisions. Topics covered include an overview of your plan, benefit calculations, service credit, eligibility requirements, retire/rehire rules, online account access and several options available to you at retirement. This video is for Plan 2 members of the Washington State Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS), Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) and School Employees' Retirement System (SERS).

Run time: 67 minutes

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Retiring from Plan 3

Presenter: Jim Mendoza

Designed for Plan 3 members within five years of retirement, this video provides you with essential information to aid you in making important retirement decisions. Topics covered include an overview of the two parts of Plan 3, benefit calculations, service credit, investing, eligibility requirements, retire/rehire rules, online account access and several options available to you at retirement. This video is for Plan 3 members of the Washington State Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS), Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) and School Employees' Retirement System (SERS).

Run time: 82 minutes

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Voluntary Employees' Beneficiary Association (VEBA)

Presenter: Kristen Faris

An overview of the VEBA Plan and HRA VEBA plans. This video features the Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) for retired government employees in Washington. An HRA can provide eligible retirees with a tax-free source of funds to reimburse qualified, out-of-pocket health care expenses and premiums.

Run time: 22 minutes

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Retiring from TRS Plan 1

Presenter: Jim Mendoza

A general overview for members of Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) Plan 1. Topics include benefit calculations, service credit, eligibility requirements, retire/rehire rules, online account access and several options available to members at the time of retirement.

Run time: 51 minutes

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Social Security and Health Care Options

Presenter: Jim Mendoza

What questions should you ask when you are getting ready to retire? What can you expect from Social Security? What are your health care options in retirement?

Run time: 63 minutes

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Retiring from Plan 2: LEOFF, WSPRS or PSERS

Presenter: Sidney Ray

Designed for Plan 2 members within five years of retirement, this video provides you with essential information to aid you in making important retirement decisions. Topics covered include an overview of your plan, benefit calculations, service credit, eligibility requirements, retire/rehire rules, online account access and several options available to you at retirement. This video is for Plan 2 members of the Washington State Law Enforcement Officers’ and Fire Fighters’ Retirement System (LEOFF), Washington State Patrol Retirement System (WSPRS) and the Public Safety Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS).

Run time: 59 minutes

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Washington State Deferred Compensation Program

Presenter: Stacy Rundle

Save more with DCP! Find out how Washington's Deferred Compensation Program helps you save more for retirement.

Run time: 44 minutes

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Retiring from PERS Plan 1

Presenter: Sidney Ray

A general overview for members of Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) Plan 1. Topics include benefit calculations, service credit, eligibility requirements, retire/rehire rules, online account access and several options available to members at the time of retirement.

Run time: 46 minutes

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Washington State Patrol Retirement System (WSPRS) and Law Enforcement Officers' and Fire Fighters' Retirement System (LEOFF) Plan 1 members

WSPRS and LEOFF Plan 1 members who are within five years of retiring can call DRS at 800-547-6657 or 360-664-7000 to schedule a one-on-one planning session with a retirement specialist. That session can be in person, over the phone, or via Skype or another available videoconferencing tool.

WSPRS Plan 1 members can also ask their union representative(s) to contact DRS to set up a group retirement planning seminar.