What's New?

Pension Funding Council endorses phase-in of contribution rate increases

Posted July 29, 2014

The Washington State Pension Funding Council has approved a graduated approach to increasing member and employer contribution rates for several of the state’s retirement systems. read more.

DRS website refresh

Posted July 18, 2014

A preview of the new DRS website design is now available, and you’re invited to tell us what you think. read more.

Online services unavailable May 31

Posted May 29, 2014

DRS will move the servers that run all online web applications this weekend. Some online services will be unavailable Saturday, May 31 from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. read more.

Website tree testing participants needed

Posted April 29, 2014

Thanks to valuable feedback you gave us on a card sort test in April, we continue to make the website more usable for you. Many responses indicated that most of you would organize materials on the website differently. read more.

DRS online services not impacted by Heartbleed

Posted April 11, 2014

During the past week, there has been widespread reporting about an Internet security issue called Heartbleed, which may put personal information such as user name, password, communication and transactional data at risk. Secure online services provided by the state Department of Retirement Systems (Online Account Access, Plan 3 and the Deferred Compensation Program) are not vulnerable to the Heartbleed security issue. DRS customers are not required to change their Account Login password(s) as a result of Heartbleed.

Website card sort seeks customer feedback

Posted April 9, 2014

DRS has launched an interactive tool – called a card sort – to gather feedback from customers. We'd like to hear how you would organize the information on the website and what’s important to you. read more.

Annual retirement statements available online

Posted March 4, 2014

If you’re a member of one of the following retirement systems, your 2013 annual retirement statement is now available to you online. read more.

New Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLAs) for 2014

Posted March 3, 2014

New cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for DRS-administered retirement systems and plans have been established for 2014. LEOFF Plan 1 COLAs take effect April 1, 2014. COLAs for all other plans take effect July 1, 2014.

View the new COLA amounts by retirement date and plan. Additional information is available on the COLA Frequently Asked Questions page.

A simple new savings calculator from DRS

Posted February 3, 2014

The DRS website now features a simple and straightforward new savings calculator. read more.

Some retirees may change their named survivor

Posted January 23, 2014

Due to changes in the state’s civil marriage and domestic partnership laws in 2012, you may have the opportunity to change the survivor on your retirement benefit this year (before December 31, 2014). read more.

Resolve to save with DCP

Posted January 9, 2014

Did you resolve to save this New Year? About a third of Americans resolved to save more and spend less in 2013. Here’s how you can plan for success in 2014 with Deferred Compensation. read more.

1099-R tax forms

Posted January 22, 2014

Your 1099-R Form will be mailed by the end of January. If you can’t wait, after January 24 you can get a copy of your 1099-R by logging into Your Retirement Account and then selecting “My Documents.” read more.

Withholding calculators

Posted January 2, 2014

Reviewing your IRS tax withholding has never been easier. We now offer several tools to help you make informed decisions regarding your withholding tax. read more.