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Notice to DRS Teachers’ Retirement System retirees – public records request

July 21, 2020

The Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) has received a public records request for information on teacher retirement claims from the Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS).

The request is from Dr. Andrew Johnston, Professor of Economics, at the University of California. A copy of the request is available here.

Upon review, DRS has determined this information is public and, per the state of Washington’s Public Records Act, are not exempt from disclosure. Accordingly, the information listed below will be released to the requester approximately 45 days from receipt of the request.

Per this request, information to be released will include each teacher’s retirement claims at any time from 2000 and 2020.

The following information will be released:

  1. First name  
  2. Last name  
  3. Middle name/initial
  4. Date on which benefits commence
  5. Service credit
  6. Years of service (credit not purchased)
  7. Date of start of service (affects eligibility)
  8. Retirement tier (if different systems)
  9. Total service credits
  10. Age at claim
  11. Final average salary
  12. Early retirement penalty
  13. Monthly annuity 
  14.  Co-beneficiary

 

If you are the subject of a public records request, no action is required of you. If you want additional information or have questions about a request, please contact DRS at 844-704-6780 or drs.pdrnotice@drs.wa.gov.

 A note about injunctive relief

DRS is often asked if individuals who are the subject of a records request can seek an injunction to prevent the release of their records.

Under RCW 42.56.540, an individual may seek an injunction in the superior court for the county where they reside, or in Thurston County Superior Court, if the release of records “would clearly not be in the public interest and would substantially and irreparably damage any person, or would substantially and irreparably damage vital governmental functions.”

To prevent the release of records in the current requests, DRS would need to be served with an injunction prior to the release, which will occur approximately 30 days from the receipt of the request.

Whether to seek an injunction is a decision that must be made by each individual. State agencies cannot provide advice on this matter. Individuals should be aware that the superior courts may charge certain fees or costs for an injunction; they may want to obtain the advice of private counsel before deciding whether to pursue an injunction.

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.)