OASI Notice 19-001, ERA Training Opportunities

  • OASI Notice No.: 19-001
  • Date: Oct. 24, 2019
  • Applies to: Counties
  • Subject: DRS OASI Notice 19-001, Election Workers

Old Age & Survivors Insurance (OASI) means Social Security.

This notice from the Department of Retirement Systems, in its role as the State Social Security Administrator, is to remind public agencies of the unique reporting and withholding requirements for election workers.

The Oct. 4 edition of the IRS’ Federal State & Local Government newsletter included a brief article indicating that some election workers may be covered by a Section 218 Agreement. DRS would like to emphasize that election workers are specifically excluded from the state of Washington’s Master Section 218 Agreement. In other words, election workers are not covered by a Section 218 Agreement in Washington. This means your agency will follow the normal IRS rules regarding reporting and withholding requirements for election workers.

More information about election worker withholding can be found on the IRS website. More information about public employers and Social Security can be found on the DRS website.

If you have additional questions regarding this notice, please contact the State Social Security Coordinator at 360-664-7165 or email us.

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