Employee Programs

Learn more about the programs that are available to Commonwealth employees.

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Performance Recognition Program

Now in its 37th year, the annual Performance Recognition Program (PRP) is an opportunity to formally recognize state employees for their extraordinary contributions to public service.  Based on agency size, each agency is able to issue a certain number of Citations for Outstanding Performance to its employees.  As for the prestigious Manuel Carballo Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Service; Governor Paul Cellucci Award for Leadership & Mentoring in State Government; Eugene H. Rooney, Jr. Public Service Award; and the Commonwealth Equity in Governance Award, statewide selection committees review the nominations and make recommendations to the Governor for his final approval of award recipients.  The award winners in those four categories are recognized at an award ceremony at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center with the Governor and Lt. Governor. 

Congratulations to our 2021 award recipients.

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Employee Assistance Program (Mass4You)

Mass4You, the Commonwealth's Employee Assistance Program, is available at no additional cost to all active state and municipal employees and their immediate family members who are eligible for GIC coverage. Enrollment in one of the GIC’s health insurance benefit plans is not required to access Mass4You.

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State Employee Volunteer Program (SERV)

The State Employees Responding as Volunteers (SERV) Program is an employee benefit available to eligible employees in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Branch who have at least six months of state service. With supervisor approval, an employee may volunteer during regular work schedule up to one day per month at an approved Massachusetts non-profit organization (7.5 or 8 hours/month; pro-rated for part-time employees).

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Bradford Fellowship Program

The Bradford Fellowship Program offers outstanding managers the opportunity to attend the Masters in Public Administration (MPA) program at the Harvard University Kennedy School. Bradford Fellowship recipients will receive a full-tuition scholarship and full salary while attending the program, including the summer program.

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Suffolk Fellowship Program

The Commonwealth Suffolk Fellowship Program offers exceptional managers the opportunity to attend the Masters in Public Administration (MPA) program at the Suffolk University Sawyer School of Business. Commonwealth Suffolk Fellowship recipients will receive a full-tuition scholarship and full salary and will maintain their job on a half-time basis.

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