Pay & Personnel Center

Customer Care Branch

Direct Access, Retiree/Annuitant, Travel Customer Care 
Call 866-PPC-USCG (772-8724)
0730-1600 (Central time) M-F
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The Travel Assist Teams hotline is no longer taking phone calls in preparation for the launch of mLINQS.  If Travelers have questions, they should contact their AOs first.  If the AO cannot resolve the issue, then the AO may contact PPC Customer Care by email at PPC-DG-Customercare@uscg.mil or by phone at 785-339-2200/1-866-772-8724.  Reminder due to the fees associated with trouble shooting issues directly with CWTSATO's Customer Care line, members are strongly discouraged to call CWTSATO directly but instead work with their Authorizing Official and or Funds Manager.

  • Only approving officials should contact PPC Customer Care.  

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About PPC Customer Care Trouble Tickets

The Pay & Personnel Center (PPC), Customer Care Branch (CCB) provides Travel Approving Officials support for travel claims and Servicing Personnel Office Auditors support for military HR/Pay issues. We also process incoming calls for retired pay technicians.  How are we doing?

Before You Call or Submit a Ticket:

E-Gov Travel System (ETS) Issues/Questions: Travelers will work directly with their AOs to complete claims, resolve errors, and obtain information regarding claim status, audits, supplemental claims, travel policy, or requests for explanation of travel payments. This change will provide the most rapid resolution of member travel issues, will improve AO/traveler communications and efficiency, will improve AO proficiency and expertise, and will reduce overall claim processing and reimbursement times.  If travelers call the Travel Assist Team (TAT) directly for assistance, the TAT will direct callers to contact their AOs.   If an issue cannot be resolved at the AO level, the AO can submit an electronic based ticket or call the TAT hotline for assistance. Directions for submitting an electronic ticket can be found on the Customer Care web page.

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Military Pay & Personnel Issues:  Customers are directed to contact their P&A Office for any errors or questions on pay and/or personnel issues.  If the P&A Office is unable to resolve it, the P&A Office is to contact the servicing SPO.  If the servicing SPO is unable to resolve the issues, the SPO will contact PPC (see Note).

NewNOTE:  P&As that have transitioned under the PSI will work with the SPO as stated above.  If they are unable to resolve the issues, the P&A Supervisor or SPO shall submit a ticket per the Task/Timeline attached to the Interim Technical Authority Guidance (PSCNOTE 5402).

Customers should not be contacting PPC directly for any pay or personnel issues. We will continue to reroute inquiries directly from customers back to the serving SPO and contact the servicing SPO Chief to inform them that the ticket was rerouted.

For retired pay issues, we create trouble-tickets for review and action by the assigned retired pay technician.

Procedure for Submitting PPC Customer Care Trouble Tickets

Contact Us

Direct Access and Travel Customer Care
Call 866-PPC-USCG (772-8724)
0730-1600 (Central Time) M-F

Phone: 785-339-2200/1-866-772-8724
Email:    ppc-dg-customercare@uscg.mil 

Optional: If you are on a Coast Guard Standard Workstation, you can contact us by using our Trouble Ticket Form MS Word Template. Please review the instructions, below, if you are not familiar with the MS Word Template Trouble Ticket Process or the process for adding supporting documentation.

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Optional: If you are on a Coast Guard Standard Workstation, you can contact us by using our Trouble Ticket Form MS Word Template. 

Please review the instructions, below, if you are not familiar with the MS Word Template Trouble Ticket Process

We have created a template for submitting trouble tickets to PPC via e-mail. It works like this:

1. Right-mouse click on the link to the MS word template at https://uscg.sharepoint-mil.us/sites/ppc/Documents/PPC_Customer_Care_Trouble_Ticket_Form1.docm    and select "save file as..." (Reminder - You need to be on a CG Standard Workstation to use this link).

2. Save the file to a location on your user drive or desktop. After the file is downloaded select "open".

Note: If you click the link and open the file it will open in "Read Only" mode. Follow the prompts on the screen to save a local copy and enable editing

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3. MS word will open with the template form. You will see a security warning at the top of the window (as shown below). YOU MUST click "Enable Content" or the macros will not run.  You will also see the "Read-Only" warning if you clicked the link rather than saving the file (per steps 1 and 2). Click "Edit Document" to continue. 

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4. Fill out the ticket as you have filled out the web ticket in the past.

Note: The default view for MS Word 2016 is the "Reading Mode". You need to switch to the "Edit Document" view. Maximize the document window, click "View", and select "Edit Document"

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5. Click the "Submit" button

6. Review the information in the warning message (shown below) and click "OK" Read and follow these instructions.

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7. If you have MS Outlook open, the icon in the taskbar will blink. Click it and you will see you have a new message in draft form.

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8. Open the draft message by clicking on the icon in the taskbar. The message is addressed to PSC-bpam@uscg.mil this is the correct address for our tracking system. Do not change it.

9. You can add attachments if desired (See: Submitting Trouble Tickets with Supporting Documents Imagesupdated). Do not make any other changes to the message.

10. Click "Send" and cancel the spell check.

11. Click "Yes" when prompted to send the message.

Trouble - Ticket Email Receipts: Network changes do not allow the auto-generation of e-mails back to the submitter.

Trouble Tickets Requiring Specific Information

Trouble Tickets for the following types of issues or requests require specific information or formatting. Review the information below (by clicking the links) for information you may need to submit with your ticket.  Be sure to include all the required information in the "Description of Problem/Request" section of the the Trouble-Ticket form.

Password Assistance
Note: Per the Department of Homeland Security Handbook for Safeguarding Sensitive Personally Identifiable Information, we are not able to provide password resets via telephone. 
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If your email address is not present or is incorrect, you will not be able to use the self-service password reset feature until your Business email address has been added to the system or is corrected. Contact your PSI/ P&A office or Servicing Pay Office (SPO) and ask them to update your address for you. They can perform this service for all Coast Guard personnel (Active Duty, Reservists and Civilians). Contractors and other non-USCG personnel/employees may contact PPC Customer Care or assistance. 

​Enhanced password controls were recently implemented in Direct Access to meet audit requirements.  Passwords must now be 15 characters in length, have a least 1 special character, 1 number, 1 upper case, and 1 lower case.  Passwords will expire every 35 days.  DA will remember your last 9 passwords (must use new password when resetting).  Accounts will lock (for 20 minutes) after 3 failed login attempts.

Password Reset Guidance

During a recent Direct Access (DA) system upgrade, the forgot password security question "What is your mother's maiden name?" was disabled in DA to reduce the possibility of a compromise of personally identifiable information (PII). For users who originally chose this as a security question, the hint question will now default to "What town were you born in?" but the ANSWER has NOT changed from what the user originally established for "What is your mother's maiden name?"

For those who have tried to use the Forgot Password feature and have been locked out of DA, please email PPC-DG-CustomerCare@uscg.mil to request a temporary password. Once logged into DA, you will need to follow the user guide below to change your security question, answer, or both.

It is recommended that users who originally selected "What is your mother's maiden name?" as their Forgot Password security question, log into DA and follow the user guide below to change the security question, answer, or both.