Each year, the South Carolina Retirement System allows employees enrolled in the State Optional Retirement Program (ORP) to make select changes to their ORPs. The ORP open enrollment period is Jan. 1 to March 1. Changes cannot be made after March 1, 2016.
During this period, State ORP participants can change their State ORP vendors or, if eligible, can irrevocably elect to participate in the South Carolina Retirement System (SCRS). State ORP participants are eligible to change from the State ORP to SCRS during the 2016 open enrollment period if, at any point during the open enrollment period, they have at least 12 months but no more than 60 months of participation as measured from their initial enrollment in the State ORP (i.e., initial enrollment between Jan. 1, 2011, and March 1, 2015).
ORP participants will be notified via email of the open enrollment, including deadlines, effective dates, related resources and detailed instructions for making program changes. If an employee elects to make no changes to an existing ORP, no further action is needed.
Employees can contact the Office of Human Resources online at Ask-HR or by phone at 864-656-2000 for assistance.