Many records are available on the Department of Retirement Systems website. Requesters are encouraged to view the documents available prior to submitting a public records request.
The Washington Public Records Act (RCW 42.56) requires that records requested are "identifiable." A general question is not a public records request. The Act also lists certain public records that do not have to be disclosed.
To make a public records request, we prefer it be made in writing, email, or fax so both parties have a record of the request. If this is not possible, we will be pleased to discuss the request over the telephone and place it in writing for you. For us to respond as quickly as possible, please be specific about the records you are requesting. We also need information about how to contact you if we have questions and where to send the records. Your request should contain the following information:
In addition, you may be required to complete a Declaration of Non-Commercial Purpose form.
Public records requests and questions should be directed to:Michelle Brown
Within five business days after receiving a request, we will do one of three things:
If you prefer to review the records at the DRS office, please note this on your request. The Public Records Officer will make records available for inspection and copying by appointment during customary office hours of 9 am to noon and 1 pm to 4 pm (Pacific time), Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. Requesters will not remove documents from the viewing area or disassemble or alter any documents.
The Public Records Act provides that certain types of records and information are exempt from public disclosure. For example, the following retirement system member information is exempt from disclosure and will not be disclosed without authorization from the retirement member: beneficiary information, Social Security number, home address, home/cell phone number, personal email, birth date, deferred or defined contribution amounts, and medical information.
Where exempt information can be deleted from a record (redacted), the record will be provided without the exempt information. Whenever DRS withholds all or part of a record, we will identify the applicable exemption.
The Public Records Act requires DRS to disclose certain information regarding retirement system members, if requested. This information includes, but is not limited to: member name, member earnings, pension payments, employment dates, employer, service credit, and Plan 1 and Plan 2 employee and employer contributions.
If you have any questions about what information about you may be released under the Public Records Act, please contact our Public Records Officer using the contact information listed above.
Fees are not charged for inspecting public records or for locating public records and making them available for copying. However, fees might be charged for copying, scanning and delivering copies of public records. These fees will not exceed the rates established in state law.