SmartWork Initiative

Established by Executive Order 01.01.2018.17, the Maryland SmartWork Initiative is an innovative new tool to help State government recruit and retain employees for high-vacancy jobs.

The key driver behind SmartWork is the Maryland State Employee Loan Repayment Benefit, which offers State employees working in targeted shortage areas (including public safety, psychology, social work, nursing, and IT) the opportunity to have up to $20,000 worth of student loans repaid for themselves or for a child.

Additional details concerning participant eligibility, the application process, and awarding of grants will be forthcoming once they have been collectively bargained with the exclusive bargaining representatives of the various State employee labor unions.  Additional details regarding this initiative will be available after January 1, 2019​.

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William J. Frank, Administrator