Washington, D.C.  20549

                                  FORM 8-K

                               CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)        November 20, 2006
                                                       (November 20, 2006)

                          Washington Federal, Inc.
          (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

  Washington                           0-25454                     91-1661606
(State or other jurisdiction    (Commission File Number)        (IRS Employer
of incorporation)                                          Identification No.)

425 Pike Street, Seattle, Washington                                 98101
(Address of principal executive offices)                           (Zip Code)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code       (206) 624-7930

                              Not Applicable
(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last

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Item 5.02.   Departure of Directors

     At the meeting of Washington Federal, Inc.'s (the "Company") Board of
Directors on Monday November 20, 2006, in accordance with a Board policy of
not standing for re-election once 72 years of age is reached, it was announced
that two current directors, Guy C. Pinkerton and W. Alden Harris, will not
stand for re-election to the Board of Directors at the Company's annual
meeting of stockholders' on January 25, 2007.  This action will complete
the Company's long anticipated management and board transition which has
occurred over the last eight years.  Upon the retirement from the Board
of Messrs. Pinkerton and Harris, the number of Directors authorized by
the Company's bylaws will be decreased from 11 to 9.


     Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

                                  WASHINGTON FEDERAL, INC.

Dated: November 20, 2006           By:     /s/ Brent J. Beardall
                                           Brent J. Beardall
                                           Senior Vice President and
                                           Chief Financial Officer