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Administrative Factors

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DRS uses administrative factors to calculate benefit adjustments. There are several types of benefit adjustments, but the most common are survivor, early retirement and purchasing service credit.

The Office of the State Actuary (OSA) recommends new administrative factors at least every six years, but there are times when changes may need to happen more frequently. OSA’s recommendations are the results of demographic experience studies and valuation reports. They also take the impacts of recent legislation into consideration.

For additional information on how administrative factors are used in benefit calculations, see the Washington Administrative Code.

Current administrative factors

Updating Your Address and/or Name

Retirees, inactive members, beneficiaries and legal-order payees: You can update your address from your online retirement account. Just select “Address” from the welcome screen. If you need to update your name, fill out and send in a printed form as well as a copy of documentation showing the change.

Active members: Update your name and/or address through your employer. That new information will soon appear in your online retirement account.

Direct Deposit

Set up and manage direct deposit of your benefit payments from your online retirement account. Just follow the “Direct Deposit” directions under “My Account” in the navigation menu.

(If you prefer to fill out and mail in a printed form, select this link.)

Beneficiary Designation

Members, you can update your beneficiary information from your online retirement account. Select “My Account” in the navigation menu and then “View/Edit” beside “Beneficiary.”

(If you prefer to fill out and mail in a printed form, select this link.)