The Teachers’ Retirement System provides the District’s required contribution to this retirement plan, which is administered by the District of Columbia Retirement Board (DCRB).
Under provisions of the Police Officers, Firefighters, and Teachers Retirement Benefit Replacement Plan Act of 1998 (“the Act”), the federal government assumed the District’s unfunded pension liability for the retirement plans for teachers, police officers, firefighters and judges. Pursuant to the Act, the federal government will pay the retirement and death benefits, and a defined share of disability benefits, for employees for service accrued prior to July 1, 1997. The costs for benefits earned after June 30, 1997 are the responsibility of the Government of the District of Columbia. This budget reflects the required annual District contribution to fund these earned benefits. Pursuant to District Code section 1-907.03(b) (2006 Repl.), the District is required to budget the pension contribution at an amount equal to, or greater than, the amount certified by the DCRB on the basis of a prescribed actuarial study and formula calculation that is set forth in section 1-907.03. On January 12, 2017, DCRB transmitted the certified contribution for inclusion in the District’s FY 2018 proposed budget as reflected in this chapter.