Ryan Frost is a senior policy analyst at Reason Foundation's Pension Integrity Project.
Frost is a contributor to Reason’s ongoing Gold Standard In Public Retirement System Design series and has also produced in-depth analysis of the Arizona PSPRS pension systems and presented testimony before the Michigan House Appropriations Committee.
Ryan’s work has been published by The Orange County Register and cited by The Center Square, The Tennessee Star, and the National Association of State Retirement Administrators.
Prior to joining Reason, Frost spent seven years as the senior research and policy manager for the Washington State Law Enforcement Officers' and Fire Fighters' Retirement System (LEOFF 2), a plan that is nationally recognized for its exceptional funding level. Frost conducted multiple pension studies for the Washington State Legislature. He also drafted and testified on six pieces of adopted legislation affecting LEOFF 2 members, including a first-of-its-kind annuity-rollover provision for defined-benefit plans.
Frost earned his B.A. in politics and government from Pacific Lutheran University and a Certificate of Achievement in Public Plan Policy (CAPPP) from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.
The recent shift toward offering hybrid plans to newly hired government employees suggests that governmental employers may be changing their perceptions of the balance of financial risk between employees and employers.
Public pension risk sharing can increase plan solvency, provide better accountability, and lessen the burden that unfunded liabilities have on taxpayers.
Recent reforms to the public safety personnel public pension system are showing significant savings and increased retirement security for employees.