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U. S. Coast Guard Pay & Personnel Center
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U.S. Coast Guard
Pay & Personnel Center
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Topeka, KS 66683-3591
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Nov. 22, 2022
Personnel Service Center Issues Guidance for Upcoming Direct Access Year-End Limited Access
ALCGPS 147/22 provides guidance for promotions, advancements, evaluations, and other military HR-related events during the Direct Access limited access period of 20 December through 3 January.
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. 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.
Nov. 10, 2022
Direct Access Competency Dictionary Update
The dictionary is a spreadsheet which shows all authorized competency codes and descriptions.
Oct. 5, 2022
New Pay Entitlement: Assignment Incentive Pay - Pre-commissioning Cutter Crews
This ALCOAST announces the establishment of Assignment Incentive Pay for Pre-commissioning Cutter Crews (AIP-PCC), a special pay. AIP-PCC may be paid to active duty officers and enlisted members entitled to Basic Pay, including Reservists on active duty who are permanently assigned as part of a designated pre-commissioning cutter crew, and is authorized effective 01 SEP 2022 in the amount of $200 per month.
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
Change to Policy and Procedures for Servicewide Exam Points
ALCOAST 367/22 announces changes to Enlistments, Evaluations, and Advancements, COMDTINST M1000.2C and ACN 103/21 , and updates cancelation date of ACN 016/22. Specifically, this ALCOAST updates the policy and procedures for Service Wide Exam (SWE) Award Points, Sea/Surf Duty Points, and Incentive Points.
Sept. 29, 2022
ALCGFINANCE 040/22, Entering and Recoding Commitments and Obligations During Early FY23 FSMS Downtime
This message provides guidance for creating and tracking financial obligations during the upcoming FSMS outage.
Sept. 19, 2022
Competencies, Qualifications, and Tools for Military Workforce Pay, Personnel, and Administration
This message announces performance support measures for personnel performing military workforce pay, personnel, and administration tasks, a key deliverable for the Deputy Commandant for Mission Support-led Personnel Support Initiative (PSI). The competencies, qualifications, and tools outlined here apply to all personnel at Personnel and Administration (P&A) Offices and Servicing Pay Offices (SPOs), and are designed to support doctrine and standards established Interim Technical Authority Guidance for Military Workforce Pay, Personnel, and Administration, PSCNOTE 5402
Sept. 2, 2022
Best Places to Work: Pay and Personnel Center (PPC) Topeka
The Coast Guard Pay and Personnel Center (PPC) celebrated its 40th anniversary this summer. Founded in 1982 and located in Topeka, Kansas, PPC oversees payroll administration for Coast Guard members across the country and around the world. With such a critical support role in the service, it’s no wonder people love working at PPC.
Feb. 16, 2022
Guidance for DA Orders Completion During FSMS
ALCGPSC message 027/22 provides an update for processing permanent change of station (PCS) orders for members who executed a PCS in the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22). P&A offices in coordination with SPOs will have until close of business 17 Feb 2022 to complete all necessary administrative and payroll transactions associated with reporting members in from PCS, including completion of supporting actions for member pay and entitlements. Limited time exists to complete P&A and SPO actions and PPC ticket resolution prior to the SPO payroll cutoff.
Jan. 20, 2022
Direct Access Orders Outage Status Update
Access to Reserve Orders (FSMS) will be available from 0900 to 1900 on Friday, January 21. Please note there will be a new DA menu item on the Reserve Administration pagelet to access these orders. The link title is: FSMS Reserve Orders. Access to other types of DA generated orders (PCS, Retirement, Separations, etc.) will not be restored until January 26. This lockdown is necessary to support the deployment of FSMS. During this period of read-only availability, all FY22 orders will be converted to utilize FSMS accounting data. This applies to all Direct Access orders types: ETQC, PCS, separations, and reserve orders. Units may issue orders via memorandum to authorize travel in urgent and emergency situations.
Feb. 19, 2021
Known Issue: Coast Guard Standard Meal Rate (CGSMR) Auto-Start
If a member’s PCS Transfer Job Data row is not built (should populate upon the approval of the PCS Reporting endorsement), the CGSMR will not automatically start. If this occurs, a help ticket must be submitted to PPC to have the PCS Transfer Job Data row manually added. The SPO MUST manually start CGSMR. The SPO does not have to wait for the Job Data row to be added.
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).
June 3, 2020
Direct-Access 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?"
Oct. 2, 2019
Known Issue: DA Cost of Living Allowance for the Continental United States (CONUS COLA)
An issue has been detected with Direct Access (DA) CONUS COLA transactions.
Oct. 1, 2019
Personnel and Pay Procedures Manual, PPCINST M1000.2 (series), Update
Personnel & Pay Procedures Manual, PPCINST M1000.2 (series), Chapter 11 (TTP Format), Governance - Audits and Reports, posted.
Sept. 17, 2019
Known Issue: DA Hostile Fire Pay / Imminent Danger Pay and Hardship Duty Pay for Location in a Designated Area Monthly Payout Limit
Direct Access does not allow a payment for Hostile Fire Pay / Imminent Danger Pay (HFP/IDP) and Hardship Duty Pay for Location in a Designated Area (HDP-L (DA)) to exceed $325 in a month. Direct Access will deduct any dollar amount over $325.
Aug. 7, 2019
Known Issue: Marital Status and Rehires
We've added a known issue to the Marital Status topic in DA Knowledge Base.
June 30, 2019
Reminder: BAH for Single Recruit, OCS, or Academy Graduates In-Transit
A Transit housing allowance (BAH-Transit) is a temporary housing allowance paid while a member is in a travel or leave status between permanent duty stations, provided the member is not assigned Government quarters, including dependents who may be assigned to Government owned or leased family-type quarters. The Transit rate continues during proceed time and authorized delays en route, including TDY en route.
June 24, 2019
Direct Access Payroll Processing - In Range vs. Out of Range
New pay transactions with effective dates more than 24 pay periods in the past (approximately 1 year) require special handling.
June 22, 2019
Direct Access Orders Integration Process
The Orders Integration Process explained.
June 18, 2019
Resolve Common Direct Access Menu and Page Errors by the Clearing Browser Cache
Clearing the Internet Explore cache may resolve these common Direct Access issues.
May 28, 2019
Degree Reporting and Validation
This message announces updates to policy and procedures for entering degree completion data in Active Duty (AD) and Reserve (RES) members' Direct Access (DA) Person Profile record.
May 6, 2019
Direct Access Known Issue: Coast Guard Standard Meal Rate (CGSMR) Auto-Start failure
Known Issue: Coast Guard Standard Meal Rate (CGSMR) Auto-Start failure. If a member reports in TEMDU first and then to the cutter CGSMR doesn’t auto start and needs to be manually started via meal rate request