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Nov. 18, 2022

Payroll Processing Schedule for CY-2023 (PDF)

E-Mail ALSPO message A/22 provides the Payroll Processing Schedule for Calendar Year (CY) 2023. The link will open a PDF document.

Nov. 16, 2022

2022 IRS Forms W-2 and 1095-C Information

2022 IRS tax forms W-2 (Wage and Tax Statement) and 1095-C (Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage) will be mailed no later than 31 Jan 2023 to the member's mailing address listed in Direct Access. Members will also be able to download their tax forms from Direct Access. Those who have opted out of receiving paper copies will not receive a paper copy in the mail.

Nov. 14, 2022

Advance Preparations for Upcoming Limited Availability to Direct Access

Direct Access will not be available from Monday, December 19, 2022 at 23:01 PM (CST ) until Tuesday, January 3, 2022, at 22:59 PM (CST). This outage is necessary to ensure members' pay and benefits are updated to reflect the 2023 pay rates and other regulatory changes, which include COLA, BAH, and tax rates. See ALCOAST 455/22 for more information.

Oct. 18, 2022

Fiscal Year 2023 Reserve Enlisted High Year Tenure (R-HYT)

All Coast Guard Reserve (ALCGRSV) message 059/22 provides guidance on the Reserve-High Year Tenure program for fiscal year (FY) 2023. A FY 2023 panel will be held for eligible Reserve enlisted members in the grades of E-7 and E-8. R-HYT is suspended for all other grades through FY 2023.

Oct. 5, 2022

Financial Systems Modernization Solution (FSMS) Incident Management Team Update

On 14 MAR 2022, the Commandant stood up the FSMS Transition Incident Command (IC) to lead and integrate efforts to develop and implement solutions to the challenges related to FSMS transition. This is the team's latest status update.

Oct. 3, 2022

Suspension of High Year Tenure (HYT)

ALCOAST 368/22 announces the suspension of enlisted HYT for active duty members until January 1, 2025.

Sept. 27, 2022

ALCOAST 360/22, E-Gov Travel System (ETS) Implementation Update Four

This ALCOAST provides guidance for ETS use in preparation for FY23 and required actions for users and approvers.

Sept. 21, 2022

EPM-4, Enlisted Career Advisory Branch, Open for Business (ALCGENL 171/22)

The Coast Guard’s first Enlisted Career Advisory Branch (EPM-4) will begin offering career advisory sessions to the Active Duty enlisted workforce on 03 October 2022.

Sept. 21, 2022

Enlisted Career Advisory Branch (EPM-4): Open for Business (Flag Voice 588)

I am pleased to announce that our Personnel Service Center is officially launching the Coast Guard’s first Enlisted Career Advisory Branch (EPM-4)! Consisting of four Enlisted Career Advisors (ECA), EPM-4 will begin offering career advising sessions to our Active Duty Enlisted workforce on 03 October 2022.

Sept. 13, 2022

Coast Guard Celebrates 40 Years in Carlson Building

The U.S. Coast Guard is celebrating 40 years in the Frank Carlson Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse. The federal building has been home to the Coast Guard’s Pay and Personnel Center since it first moved to Topeka in 1982.

Sept. 12, 2022

A Checklist to Help You Prepare for 2022 TRICARE Open Season

TRICARE Open Season starts Nov. 14 and ends Dec. 13, 2022. Open season is the time when most TRICARE families can make changes to their TRICARE health care coverage for next year. Preparing for open season now can help you make the best selection later.

July 8, 2022

Retirees Now Have More Time to Transition Into Their Forever Home

A major change in Joint Travel Regulations (JTR) for household goods (HHG) transportation was announced on June 24. Previously, members had a year following retirement to coordinate their HHG transportation. Now, members have three years to schedule their HHG after retirement.

June 27, 2022

Uniformed Members Transitions to New Electronic Military Record System

The Coast Guard is transitioning to a new human resource database for military members this fall, and the service is reminding all military members to start preparing. The new system will combine both your Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) and your Coast Guard Military Human Resource Record (CGMHRR) into one electronic document.

April 18, 2022

Known Issue: Approval of DD-214s for Reserve Component Members

An issue has been reported concerning the timing of the approval of DD-214 forms for reserve component members.

March 29, 2022

Coast Guard Works to Pay Backlogged Claims

The Coast Guard has paid more than 25 percent of temporary duty (TDY) backlogged claims in the last week. Additionally, the Travel Assist Team (TAT) will now be available through the remainder of fiscal year 2022 (FY22) to assist with travel claims.

March 24, 2022

Personnel Support Initiative (PSI) Implementation Continues

Colleagues, the Personnel Support Initiative (PSI) is preparing to start Phase Two of implementation.  Starting in AY22, the remaining Base Personnel Support Departments, Districts, Sectors, and Air Stations will transition.  This Flag Voice is an update on the progress made in Phase One, and the way ahead.

March 23, 2022

How to Get Your PCS Claims Paid as the FSMS Transition Continues

Coast Guard introduces new procedures to speed processing of travel claims, advances, and reservations for permanent change of station

March 23, 2022

Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Travel Claims, Advances And Travel Reservations For Military Members

ALCOAST 099/22 provides current information for processing PCS advance payment requests and claims. Procedures for making travel arrangements to or from Alaska are provided as well.

March 21, 2022

Get Familiar with TRICARE Qualifying Life Events

When life changes for you, your health plan options may also change. These types of changes are called Qualifying Life Events, or QLEs. A QLE provides a unique opportunity for beneficiaries to make enrollment changes. With TRICARE Prime, including the US Family Health Plan, and TRICARE Select, the only other time you can make enrollment changes is during the annual TRICARE Open Season.

Feb. 16, 2022

Is Your DEERS Information Up to Date?

When is the last time you checked to see if your information in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) is up to date? If it's been a while, take time to log in to DEERS and review your information. Inaccurate information in the DEERS database could prevent you from being able to use your TRICARE benefits properly.

Feb. 15, 2022

Enlisted Career Guides

​ALCOAST 0454/22​ announces the release and distribution of rating-specific enlisted career guides.​

Feb. 10, 2022

E-Gov Travel System (ETS) Implementation Update (No. Three)

This ALCOAST provides an update after the Financial Systems Modernization Solution (FSMS) interface with ETS activated on 07 January 2022. While there have been many successes in vouchering travel involving the prior and current fiscal years, there continue to be challenges related to incorrect funding information and missing employee information in FSMS.

Feb. 10, 2022

How to open the DD-2656 and other advanced PDF forms on a CG standard workstation.

Many people will try opening a PDF form and find that they get an error that says "Please wait." This is not a problem with the form but has to do with the set-up of your computer's browser as the default for opening Adobe Acrobat forms. Many computers use the browser's built-in PDF viewer as the default for opening Adobe forms, but the browser's viewer cannot handle the macros built into the form. The simple solution to this problem is to save the form to your computer and then open the form by starting Acrobat Reader DC (from the start menu) and use it to open the form from its saved location. This should open the form in Adobe Acrobat Reader DC rather than your browser, allowing full functionality.

Feb. 2, 2022

CG Participation in DoD SkillBridge Program

This Flag Voice announces the Coast Guard’s official participation in DoD’s SkillBridge Program. This program complements the Transition Assistance Program in preparing our separating and retiring members for post-Coast Guard employment. Unlike TAPS, however, SkillBridge is a discretionary program; COs, CDRs and OinCs should only grant permission for members to participate in this up-to-six month program if they can do so with no more than minimal impact to unit readiness.

Jan. 11, 2022

Interim Technical Authority Guidance for Military Workforce Pay, Personnel, and Administration

​Interim Technical Authority Guidance for Military Workforce Pay, Personnel, and Administration, PSCNOTE 5402 is a first step towards establishing doctrine and standards for military workforce pay, personnel, and administration, a key deliverable for the Deputy Commandant for Mission Support-led Personnel Support Initiative (PSI). It states guiding principles of Customer Service, Empowerment, and Accountability that describe what success looks like, and sets standards for accuracy, timeliness, availability, responsiveness, transparency in tracking, and training.

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