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.
Arizona Public Safety Personnel Retirement System Solvency Analysis
Recent reforms to the public safety personnel public pension system are showing significant savings and increased retirement security for employees.
Oregon Supreme Court Ruling Has Major Implications for Retirement Security and Hybrid Plan Design
The court's ruling has far-reaching implications for hybrid retirement systems like Oregon’s.
What Happens to Taxpayer-Funded Pensions When Public Officials Are Convicted of Crimes?
The police officer charged with killing George Floyd is eligible for his full taxpayer funded pension. In fact, a majority of states provide retirement benefits to officers and public servants convicted of serious crimes.
The Potential Risks and Rewards of CalPERS’ New Investment Policy
The nation's largest public pension plan is seeking better returns by investing in more private equity and allowing strategic borrowing.
S&P Presents Guidelines for Funding Pension and OPEB Plans
Unfunded pension liabilities are taking on a larger role in S&P's credit ratings determinations. This is bad news for cities and states with perpetual pension problems.
Kansas Shouldn’t Push Pension Debt Into Future So It Can Spend More Today
Gov. Kelly’s calls for adding another $4 billion in long-term debt so that the state government can spend more money right now would be fiscally irresponsible and unfairly stick future generations with the bills.
Auditors Recommend Arizona’s Largest Pension Plan Consider Reducing Its Investment Return Assumption
Modeling suggests ASRS is not going to meet its assumed rate of return on investments.
The High Costs of the Proposed Cost-of-Living Adjustments to Washington’s Pension Plans
These Washington state retirement plans, TRS 1 and PERS 1, already have combined unfunded liabilities of $8.4 billion.
Proposed Reforms Would Be Another Step in the Right Direction for Michigan Pensions
Legislative package would continue Michigan’s efforts to make its pension plans financially sustainable for the long-term while keeping the promises the state has made to employees and retirees.