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Commanding Officer (Staff Symbol)
U.S. Coast Guard
Pay & Personnel Center
444 S. E. Quincy St.
Topeka, KS 66683-3591
Sept. 15, 2020
Body composition screenings resume Oct. 1
All Body Composition Screenings will resume Oct. 1, after being suspended this spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Body Composition Program (“weigh-ins”) is currently in a pilot phase, which has abdominal circumference (AC) as an additional method of compliance, based on medical data indicating that it provides a more accurate health snapshot. The physical fitness test (PFT) also remains a method of compliance during the pilot program extension (01 Oct – 30 Nov). The goal is to improve the Coast Guard's approach to assessing members' health and readiness.
Use of Expired Uniformed Services Identification (USID) Cards
As described in attached DoD policy guidance issued on 8 Sep 2020, use of expired USID cards for uniformed retirees, dependents, and annuitants has been extended through JUNE 30, 2021. You are still encouraged to check with RAPIDS facilities in your area to see if they are issuing ID cards at: https://idco.dmdc.osd.mil/idco/
Direct-Access and Reserve Pay (Flag Voice 528)
A significant change was made to the Coast Guard Human Capital Management System (Direct-Access) in order to address concerns with the delay in payment to the Reserve Workforce when transitioning to Active Duty orders This change also reduces the need for PPC interventions and increases the efficiency of Reserve Pay.
Sept. 11, 2020
Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) plan
FLTCIP 3.0 is the current Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) plan, available to new applicants. This group long term care insurance plan offers comprehensive coverage, including a stay-at-home benefit and informal care provided by friends and family*, with added premium stability.
Coast Guard approves new initiatives to retain, recruit key enlisted members
The fiscal year 2021 (FY21) Enlisted Workforce Planning Team just announced new policies designed to retain and recruit skilled members in the Coast Guard’s most mission-critical areas.
Federal government deferring payroll taxes for certain members, employees
Social Security taxes will be deferred for many federal civilians and uniformed members through the end of this year.
Sept. 9, 2020
Open Season is Coming: Take the Time to Prepare Now
The annual period when TRICARE beneficiaries can enroll in or change health plans for the next year, is right around the corner. Take the time now to learn about your eligibility, fees, as well as health, dental, and vision plan options. Here are a few frequently asked questions and answers about open season so you'll be ready.
Sept. 8, 2020
Servicing Personnel Office Consolidation Update: SFO Galveston SPO Closed
The SPO located at SFO Galveston (008282) has been disestablished in DA. All records previously serviced by the SPO at SFO Galveston have been moved to Base NOLA SPO (042311).
Sept. 3, 2020
PPC Customer/SPO Newsletter August 2020
Issue 08/20 (August) of the PPC Customer Newsletter is now available.
Sept. 2, 2020
Available Now: Direct-Access Net Pay Amount Report
The Net Pay Amount Report provides mid- and end-month payroll information. This report is generally directed to Cutters and overseas units with limited connectivity to see a quick snapshot of their members’ pay.
Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Enlisted Clothing Maintenance Allowance Rates Posted
The Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Enlisted Clothing Maintenance Allowance Rates are now available. October 15th, 2020 pay deposits will reflect the new rates.
Aug. 28, 2020
Sea Duty for Advancement - Not the Same as Sea Time for Points
The sea/surf duty time for advancement and points are both calculated based on Direct-Access data entry (e.g., PCS report / depart dates, Surfman competencies, and Career Sea Pay start / stop dates). However, different rules apply as to when the "clock stops" with regard to periods of TDY away from the CSP eligible vessel.
Family Separation Allowance for Housing (FSH) Policy Clarification
The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Compensation Policy issued a memo on 12 August 2020 which clarifies the policy on entitlement to FSH when dependents are temporarily (e.g. Delay in processing visas by the host country due to COVID-19) prevented from accompanying the member with a PCS to a foreign country.
Aug. 18, 2020
TRICARE Dental Program Newsletter - Issue 3, 2020
This newsletter is for TRICARE beneficiaries who have dental coverage through the TRICARE Dental Program. In this issue, you can learn about dental safety procedures in place to protect you from COVID-19, changes to your TDP annual maximum, tips to keep your gums and teeth healthy, and more.
Aug. 13, 2020
What Are Your TRICARE Pharmacy Options Overseas?
Do you live overseas? Got questions about how to fill your prescriptions? If you're enrolled in a TRICARE Overseas Program plan, you have access to the same TRICARE Pharmacy Program as stateside. This means you can fill your prescriptions through military pharmacies, TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery, TRICARE retail network pharmacies, and non-network pharmacies. But there are some limits for filling prescriptions overseas.