U. S. Coast Guard Pay & Personnel Center
2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Direct Access Maintenance Scheduled
Direct Access (DA) will not be available from 9:00 PM (Central Time) on Thursday, March 4, 2021 until 1:00 AM (Central Time), Friday, March 5, 2021. The system will be offline for routine server maintenance.
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U.S. Coast Guard
Pay & Personnel Center
444 S. E. Quincy St.
Topeka, KS 66683-3591
New Direct Access & WebNow Links
Per ALCOAST 069/21, here are the new web addresses (URLs) for Direct Access and WebNow/Perceptive Content:
New Direct Access link: https://hcm.direct-access.uscg.mil
New ImageNow/Perceptive Content link: https://imgprd01.direct-access.uscg.mil/webnow (Note: CG network access required.)
The user names and passwords you use to access these systems have not changed.
Nov. 4, 2020
Yeoman in the Spotlight: Chief Petty Officer Richard DePascale
Our Deckplate Leader of the week Chief Petty Officer Richard DePascale, the Admin Chief of U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape May!
Nov. 3, 2020
The Long Blue Line - Fall Issue of the Retiree Newsletter
The Fall 2020 issue of the Long Blue Line/Retiree Newsletter is now available at https://www.longblueline.org/
PPC Customer/SPO Newsletter October 2020
The latest issue of the PPC Customer / SPO Newsletter is now available.
COVID-19: Travel and Leave Policy - Update 3
This ALCOAST cancels REF (A) and provides all Coast Guard (CG) members with travel and leave policy as it relates to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The intent of this ALCOAST is to update procedures for leave and foreign travel. This is in response to the changing force health protection posture in relation to COVID-19.
Providing Guidance for Enlisted Advancement
Enlisted members now have a headquarters branch dedicated to help them with advancement and assignments and to support their professional growth.
Nov. 2, 2020
2021 Thrift Savings Plan Contribution Limits Announced
2021 Contribution limits — The Internal Revenue Code places specific limits on the amount that you can contribute to employer-sponsored plans like the TSP each year. The limits for 2021 have been announced. To learn more, visit “Contribution limits.”
Oct. 30, 2020
October PPC Travel eNewsletter/Frequently Asked Questions
The October 2020 edition of the Pay and Personnel Center Travel eNewsletter/Frequently Asked Questions – Update is now available at https://www.dcms.uscg.mil/portals/10/cg-1/ppc/travel/ppctravelenewsletteroctober2020.pdf.
Military members: Here’s why your paycheck looks different
Your pay this week may be different than what you expected. Don’t panic.
Oct. 26, 2020
2021 Reserve High Year Tenure Suspension
ALCGRSV message 065/20 announced the suspension of 2021 High Year Tenure for the Reserve Enlisted Workforce.
Fall Body Comp Screenings Will be Used Only for Data Collection
The Coast Guard announced today that this fall’s weight and body fat screening results will be used for data collection purposes only. Due to feedback about how the pandemic has affected our workforce, we are making an in-stride course change to the October weigh-ins that acknowledges the importance of agility in supporting our workforce.
Oct. 22, 2020
Check Out: New Monthly Premiums for TRICARE Young Adult Plans in 2021
Beginning on Jan. 1, 2021, premiums for TRICARE Young Adult (TYA) coverage will increase. TYA Select will increase by 12.7% and TYA Prime by 22%. These changes reflect the increase in TYA program costs for calendar year 2021. TYA is a premium-based plan available for purchase by qualified dependent children under the age of 26.
Veterans Affairs (VA) Separation Health Assessments
Members separating from active duty must complete a Separation History and Physical Examination (SHPE) and a mental health assessment (MHA) prior to separation. Servicemembers who file a disability claim with the VA prior to separation, via the Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits Delivery at Discharge (BDD) program, will receive a VA provided Separation Health Assessment (SHA). ALCOAST Commandant Notice 127/20 authorizes the use of the VA separation Health Assessment to meet the requirements for a military SHPE and MHA.
Oct. 21, 2020
Thrift Savings Plan Catch-up contributions will soon get easier
Starting in January 2021, we will make the catch-up process easier: if you’re turning 50 or older, you’ll no longer need to make two separate elections each year in order to take advantage of catch-up contributions.
Oct. 20, 2020
Data Migration for Temporary Duty (TDY) Travel Orders
All Coast Guard Finance (ALCGFINANCE) message #047/20 provides guidance on Document Type (DT) 11 and DT 13 Travel Orders for Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21). The guidance is necessary to mitigate known issues with travel orders and to prepare travel orders with open obligations for migration from the Core Accounting System (CAS) to the new Financial Systems Modernization Solution
(FSMS), which is scheduled to go live at the outset of FY22.
Oct. 19, 2020
Know when to reenlist for eligible SRB
Changes are being implemented regarding when an enlisted member can reenlist for a selective reenlistment bonus (SRB).
Starting this year, any member eligible for a SRB will be allowed to reenlist beginning Oct. 1, 2020 (FY21) or anytime within the fiscal year their enlistment expires. Additionally, the pro-rated calculation for current obligated service is no longer applied. Members who reenlisted for an SRB will be entitled to the full bonus amount. Members will no longer be constrained by the three month reenlistment policy, and is now expanded to the entire fiscal year in which your enlistment expires.