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Employee Retirement

Learn more about available retirement plans by visiting your specific plan’s webpage at the links below.
 
Plan Type Employer Contribution Employee Requirements

401(a) Defined Contribution Pension Plan for Employees Hired on or After October 1, 1987

100% Employer-Funded: 5% of the base salary (5.5% for Corrections Officers) beginning the first pay period after one year of service. Must have one year of continuous service to participate; fully vested in the Defined Contribution Pension Plan after five years of continuous service.

457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan

n/a Open to all employees who can contribute the minimum of $20 per pay period.

Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) for Employees Hired Before October 1, 1987

CSRS covered employees contribute 7, 7 1/2 or 8 percent of pay to CSRS and, while they generally pay no Social Security retirement, survivor and disability (OASDI) tax, they must pay the Medicare tax (currently 1.45 percent of pay).  The employing agency matches the employee's CSRS contributions.

Police Officers and Firefighters Plan

Employee required to make retirement contributions to the plan while employed by the Police or Fire Department: 7 percent of base pay if hired before November 10, 1996, or 8 percent base pay if hired on or after November 10, 1996.

Teacher Retirement Plan

Upon hire, employees classified ET begin automatically contributing 8 percent (if hired on or after November 1, 1996) or 7 percent (if hired prior to November 1, 1996) of their salary on a biweekly basis into this retirement plan. Employees that are not classified ET do not contribute to this plan.

401(a) & 457(b) Plan Beneficiaries

In the event of your death, your designated beneficiary(ies) will be entitled to any assets remaining in your retirement account/s. Your designation helps ensure assets will be paid out accordingly to your wishes and will not be subject to the potential costs and delays of probate, as well as creditor claims. If all your primary beneficiaries are no longer living at the time of your death, benefits will be paid to your contingent beneficiaries.
  • Review Your Beneficiary Information
    Visit www.DCRetire.com to log into your account, then select Access My Accounts, then View My Beneficiaries, which is located in the blue sidebar menu on the left of your screen.
  • Designate or Update Your Beneficiaries 
    Visit www.DCRetire.com to log into your account or visit the Forms and Publications page to find forms that let you designate or update beneficiary information. Instructions are included on the forms.

Retirement Resources

Contact the DCHR Benefits & Retirement Administration

Phone: (202) 442-7627
Fax: (202) 727-9070