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DATE:  December 11, 2009

Addition of New Voluntary Tax Sheltered Annuity Company Benefit Plan Codes to Accommodate Vendor Setup in SHARP

EFFECTIVE DATE:   December 13, 2009

Roger Heckerson

(785) 296-2737

(Roger.Heckerson @da.ks.gov )


Change to the Setup of Voluntary Tax Sheltered Annuity Company Benefit Plans in SHARP

Currently, only one Voluntary Tax Sheltered Annuity Benefit Plan (Plan Type-4Z, Benefit Plan- VTSA) is established in SHARP. Because of the implementation of the new Statewide Management, Accounting and Reporting Tool (SMART) system on July 1, 2010 new Voluntary Tax Sheltered Annuity Benefit Plans are being added in SHARP in order to accommodate required vendor configuration for each current VTSA investment option. All the new VTSA benefit plans will continue to use the same ‘VTSA’ deduction code and ‘4Z’ Plan Type. The following new VTSA benefit plans will be added in SHARP effective December 13, 2009.


Benefit Plan                   Current Investment Option Description

VTS009                           ING Voluntary

VTS024                           ING

VTS025                           AIM Investment Services, Inc.

VTS057                           American United Life Ins Co

VTS059                           AIG SunAmerica Life Assurance

VTS064                           Thrivent Financial for Luthera

VTS186                           AXA Equitable Life Insurance

VTS272                           Guardian Life Ins Co of Americ

VTS321                           Ameriprise Financial Services

VTS337                           ICAP

VTS357                           John Hancock Funds, Inc.

VTS378                           Farm Bureau Life Insurance Co

VTS412                           Lincoln Benefit Life Company

VTS413                           Lincoln Investment Planning

VTS416                           Lincoln National Life Ins Co

VTS422                           Thrivent Financial for Luthera

VTS444                           Mass Mutual Life Ins Co V A

VTS446                           Metropolitan Life Insurance Co

VTS468                           Modern Woodmen of America

VTS470                           Conseco Life Insurance Company

VTS474                           Nationwide Life Insurance Co

VTS501                           New York Life Insurance Co

VTS506                           ReliaStar Life Insurance Co

VTS507                           Northwestern Mutual Life Ins C

VTS569                           Phoenix Mutual Life Ins Co

VTS584                           Prudential Ins Co of America

VTS595                           Putnam Financial Services Inc

VTS655                           Security Benefit Life Ins Co

VTS687                           MFS/Sun Life Assur of Can(USA)

VTS695                           Teachers Ins Annuity Assoc

VTS696                           Teachers Ins Annuity Assoc

VTS702                           Travelers Insurance Company

VTS710                           American Century Investments

VTS724                           The Union Central Life Ins Co

VTS728                           Variable Annuity Dept – UNUM

VTS743                           USAA Life Insurance Company

VTS769                           AIG Variable Annuity Life Ins

VTS775                           Fidelity Investments Inst Serv

VTS785                           Waddell & Reed Financial Serv

VTS792                           American General Annuity Ins

VTS821                           Pioneer Investment Mgmt Serv

VTS823                           The Vanguard Group of Inv Cos

VTS828                           PFS Investments Inc.

VTS829                           Mackay-Shields Tax Shltd An Pr

VTS830                           John Hancock Life Ins Co (USA)

VTS831                           Janus Capital Corporation

VTS834                           National Western Life Ins Co

VTS835                           Invesco Funds Group Inc

VTS838                           LIFEUSA

VTS839                           American Funds Investors

VTS842                           New England Financial

VTS843                           MetLife Investors USA Ins Co

VTS844                           First Investors Corp

For consistency of use throughout 2010, these new Benefit Plans will be effective in SHARP starting with the payroll period beginning December 13, 2009 and ending December 26, 2009, paid January 8, 2010. In order to transition the employee set up from the current Benefit Plan (VTSA) to the appropriate new Benefit Plan listed above, the Department of Administration, Division of Personnel Services (DPS) will be responsible for changing the current enrollment for affected employees on the Savings Plans table in SHARP effective December 13, 2009. DPS will establish a new row on the Savings Plans table effective December 13, 2009 using the new Benefit Plan appropriate for the Investment Option in which the employee is currently enrolled. Agencies should note that the Investment Options listed above already currently exist in SHARP under the one Benefit Plan (VTSA). Only the VTSXXX Benefit Plan codes listed above will be added new to the system.

The Division of Accounts and Reports, Payroll Systems Team is responsible for adding these new Benefit Plan codes to the SHARP payroll system. Regent’s institutions are responsible for ensuring that all these changes are made in their respective systems effective with the payroll period noted above. Regent’s institutions should also ensure that these changes are included on the Benefits Interface file that is submitted to SHARP.