Section 26.3
May 2024

TO: Manual Recipients
FROM: Jessica Rowe, Deputy Commissioner for Merit System Operations
SUBJECT: Special Enrollment Period: Productivity Enhancement Program (PEP) for 2024, NYSCOPBA (Security Services Unit – SSU) and DC-37 – (Rent Regulation Services Unit – RRSU) Represented Employees Only

The Productivity Enhancement Program (PEP) allows eligible NYSCOPBA and DC-37-represented employees in the Executive branch to exchange previously accrued annual leave (vacation) and/or personal leave in return for a credit to be applied toward their employee share NYSHIP premiums on a biweekly basis.

The Special Enrollment Period will allow eligible NYSCOPBA and DC-37-represented employees to enroll in the PEP program for 2024. It will also, allow RRSU represented employees who previously enrolled to make changes to their election. Please see the Program Description for more detailed information. The enrollment period for 2024 will be open Tuesday, May 28, 2024, through Friday, June 28, 2024. Enrollments and changes will become effective July 1, 2024.

Implementation of the program will require action on the part of agency personnel officers, agency timekeepers, and agency health benefits administrators (HBAs). Specifically, agency personnel officers will be responsible for (1) providing interested employees with program descriptions and enrollment forms; (2) verifying employee eligibility to participate; and (3) notifying timekeepers and health benefits administrators of participant enrollments and separations from service. Agency timekeepers will be responsible for adjusting the vacation and/or personal leave balances of participants upon enrollment. Questions regarding employee eligibility and leave transactions should be directed to the Attendance and Leave Unit of the Department of Civil Service at (518) 457-2295.

HBAs are responsible for processing the Health Insurance Premium Contribution Credit (HIPCC) for PEP enrollees. The Employee Benefits Division will be issuing a separate document with specific instructions for HBAs. Questions regarding health insurance transactions should be directed to your agency's processor in the Employee Benefits Division by calling the HBA Help Line at (518) 474-2780.


PEP Program Description
Enrollment Form