GASB Standards

In June 2012, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) issued new standards for pension accounting and reporting — standards that significantly change the way state and local governments calculate and report the costs and obligations associated with providing pension benefits for their employees.

The standards have been implemented in two phases. Statement 67, which addresses financial reporting for pension plans, was implemented by the Department of Retirement Systems for its fiscal year ending June 30, 2014.

Statement 68 establishes accounting and financial reporting requirements for government employers that prepare GAAP-compliant financial statements. Statement 68 is effective for fiscal years beginning after June 15, 2014.

Included in Statement 68 is the requirement that employers recognize their proportionate share of any unfunded pension obligation (also called the “net pension liability”) as a balance sheet liability in their financial statements. In addition, employers will be required to recognize certain pension expenses immediately rather than extending them over a period of time.

Implementation of the standards is especially complex here in Washington given the number of pension plans administered by the state and the large number of employers participating in each plan. With that in mind, DRS has compiled resource links (on the right of this page) to assist employers in implementing these requirements.

We encourage you to review these resources, particularly those from GASB, and to discuss the reporting requirements with your auditors.

Frequently Asked Questions

To assist employers in understanding and implementing the standards, DRS has compiled a list of frequently asked questions. If you have any questions you would like to submit for consideration, please contact DRS Employer Support Services by emailing or calling 360-664-7200 (in the Olympia area) or 800-547-6657.

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.)