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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. 31, 2022

National Defense Service Medal Award Termination Date

The ALCOAST (433/22) announces the termination date for award of the National Defense Service Medal (NDSM). The NDSM is awarded based on the United States' conducting large-scale combat operations in designated geographic locations as a result of the terrorist attacks on the United States that occurred on 11 September 2001. The award period is from 12 September 2001 to 31 December 2022.

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.

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. 15, 2022

Leave Balance Guidance for the End of the Fiscal Year

To avoid leave balance issues at the end of the fiscal year, commands and supervisors are directed to approve or disapprove all pending Direct Access (DA) absence requests by COB 19SEP22. Requests submitted after this date must be approved or denied immediately. Military members should check their DA accounts to ensure all pending requests have been cleared prior to the deadline.

Sept. 14, 2022

Personnel Service Center Awards Branch Update

ALCGPSC message 114/22 reminds units of the requirement to provide copies of unit awards to PSC-PSD-mua. It also provides information on award submission requirements and the procedure for Concurrence Requests.

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.

Sept. 17, 2021

Known Issue: Direct Access Excel Spreadsheet Viewing- work around

​If your computer has migrated to Office 365/ The Cloud, you may experience issues viewing certain excel spreadsheets from direct access (web pages or excel 2003 version).

Sept. 15, 2021

WEBNOW-Electronically Imaged Record Viewing Slated for Upgrade 16/17 September.

Effective September 17, 2021, WebNow will be upgraded to "Perceptive Experience". This upgrade only impacts the “view only” or web version – which is currently called WebNow, but is being upgraded to “Perceptive Experience”. New user access requests do not need to be completed. Users who previously logged into the WebNow link will now log into the Perceptive Experience URL using their old WebNow user ID and PW. This upgrade does not impact Perceptive Content, which is used for uploading documents. The SPO Access to the Electronically Imaged PDR (EI‑PDR) user guide has been updated to reflect the upgrade. The URL for Perceptive Experience is https://imgprd01.direct-access.uscg.mil/experience. They system cannot be accessed outside of the Coast Guard network using the URL. The URL is not needed when accessing Perceptive Experience via Direct-Access.

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).

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.

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.

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

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