PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 415-108 WAC, Public employees' retirement system (PERS).
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 41.50.050(5), chapter 41.40 RCW.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) is engaging in its second four-year round of regulatory reform, in accordance with the governor's executive order. The outcome of the review will be changes and updates to many DRS rules to ensure that they are up to date and written in "Plain English" (as much as possible). As part of this process, DRS plans to update many of its PERS rules.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: Department staff will work on the project, with the assistance of the Office of the Attorney General. The public is invited and encouraged to participate, as described below.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. The Department of Retirement Systems encourages your active participation in the rule-making process. Anyone interested in participating should contact the rules coordinator, below. After the rule(s) is drafted, DRS will file a copy with the Office of the Code Reviser with a notice of proposed rule making, and send a copy to everyone currently on the mailing list and anyone else who requests a copy. For more information on how to participate, please contact Merry A. Kogut, Rules Coordinator, Department of Retirement Systems, Mailstop 48380, P.O. Box 48380, Olympia, WA 98504-8380, voice (360) 664-7291, TTY (360) 586-5450, e-mail email@example.com, fax (360) 753-3166.
August 21, 2003
Merry A. Kogut