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June 16, 2022

ETS Traveler/Arranger Basic Training Recording

Traveler/Arranger Basic - This training covers E2/ETS Overview, Getting Started – logging in for the first time, updating profile and basic navigation, Creating Travel Documents – Authorizations including reservations, and comparative trips, Vouchers and Local Travel Claims.

June 13, 2022

Temporary Lodging Allowance (TLA) Advances and Claims CG Portal Site

The link to access the new Sharepoint platform is https://cg.portal.uscg.mil/units/fincen/SitePages/TLAClaims.aspx. Within the platform, users will have access to view the user guide to assist with processing claims as well as the ability to view the FINCEN Review workbench to see where claims are in the process.

June 13, 2022

Processing Advances for Personally Procured Moves (PPM)

PPM Advances are emailed to the PPM Advance Shared mailbox. That email address is: FIN-SMB-PPMADVANCE@USCG.MIL

June 10, 2022

Standard Mileage Rates for Official Travel (Flag Voice 579)

The IRS just announced increases to the standard mileage rates that will go into effect on 01 July 2022.  These increases will directly affect the mileage reimbursement rate for PCS and TDY travel for military members and civilian employees alike.  The mileage rate for PCS travel will increase from $0.18 to $0.22 per mile, and the mileage rate for TDY travel will increase from $0.585 to $0.625 per mile.

May 31, 2022

Orders for Courses of Instruction of Less Than 20 Weeks

This ALCOAST announces changes to Coast Guard Supplement to the Joint Travel Regulations (CGS-JTR), COMDTINST M4600.17B to further the Coast Guard's commitment to providing stability for Coast Guard members and their families in support of a mission-ready total workforce. All members with dependents will be issued TDY orders for courses of instruction of less than 20 weeks, including to OCS and applicable class "A" and "C" schools.

May 31, 2022

ETS Group Travel Authorization Process Guide

Groups over 10 members that are going to the same location can use the group authorization in ETS. When completing the authorization the major and minor must be the same for all members otherwise ETS will not allow for selecting the members in the group authorization.

May 24, 2022

2022 Hurricane Season - Ensuring Personnel Readiness

Hurricane season begins 01 June and continues through 30 November. Given the past years' hurricanes and evacuations, it is critical we remain vigilant and be prepared this hurricane season.

May 23, 2022

Action Required: Preparing ETS Profiles Prior to Hurricane and Wildfire Season

ALCOAST 199/22 requires all personnel (active duty, reservists, and civilians) to ensure their ETS accounts are active, and their profiles are up to date with all dependent information added, by 01 June. This is critical to enabling processing of dependent claims in ETS and reimbursement payments via FSMS.

May 23, 2022

PCS Season is Underway. Let’s Talk About Housing

Military members, when you transfer duty stations - perform a permanent change of station or PCS – there are a lot of things to consider. Is there government housing available at your new duty station? If not, where do you want to live relative to your new job? What does the purchase or rental market look like? How much of your housing cost will your basic allowance for housing (BAH) cover?

May 19, 2022

Coast Guard Leased Housing Program Update

Contacting the housing office early in the PCS season allows time to request a waiver to leased housing eligibility if circumstances merit an exception. If Coast Guard leased housing is the best solution, the housing office may now contract that housing in advance, up to 60 days, in order to ensure its availability in time for your arrival.

May 13, 2022

TPAX Profile Creation for New Accessions Required for PCS Travel Advances Claims

Recently accessed members will need to have a TPAX profile built in order to file their PCS claim.

May 13, 2022

Change in household goods calculations: gun safes

A recent change allows the weight of empty gun safes to be excluded from your HHG weight calculation.

May 13, 2022

If you received a PCS Travel Advance, you still may be owed money

If you received PCS travel advances, you are required to submit a travel claim for full compensation.

May 13, 2022

Housing and Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Communication

With the ever changing and volatile housing markets throughout the country, it is critical that local commands ensure they are providing inbound members the information needed through the welcome aboard messaging and follow-on discussion with the new command.

May 12, 2022

Temporary Lodging Expense (TLE) Extensions

ALCOAST 178/22 extends and revises ALCOAST 309/21 (JTR Update/TLE) to extend temporary lodging expense (TLE) up to 60 days to assist those who are impacted by severe housing shortages in Military Housing Areas (MHA). The TLE extension change to the JTR is not retroactive.

April 28, 2022

PSI & PA Units Contact List

The PSI & PA Units spreadsheet​(25 April 2022) (CG Portal Link) provides contact information for SPOs and unit P&A offices that have completed the PSI transition. The spreadsheet can be sorted and filtered by; PSI/P&A Unit Name, Department Name, SPO, or PSI status. The 3rd tab provides the mailing address, the email address, and a point of contact

April 15, 2022

FSMS: Progress Report From the Incident Command

The Coast Guard is extending the due dates for some government travel credit card (GTCC) payments as we continue our transition to a modern financial system. The extensions are intended to help minimize financial impacts on members and units as the service works through the challenges of transitioning to a modern financial system.

April 15, 2022

Update on Government Travel Charge Card (GTCC) Payment Due Dates

The Coast Guard is extending the due dates for some government travel credit card (GTCC) payments as we continue our transition to a modern financial system. The extensions are intended to help minimize financial impacts on members and units as the service works through the challenges of transitioning to a modern financial system. The GTCC program will evaluate each member’s payment requirements and extend the due date on a month-to-month basis. No late fees or payments will be due until you receive your reimbursement. Please talk with your travel manager if you have any questions or need a higher balance waiver.

April 6, 2022

FSMS: Progress Report from the Incident Command

The Coast Guard is making headway toward paying our people and our bills. The Financial Systems Modernization Solution (FSMS) Transition Incident Command (IC) – working with CGHQ Directorates and the Coast Guard’s Finance Center (FINCEN) – now have 134 personnel surged to address transition challenges. Here's an update on progress to date.

April 6, 2022

PCS Assist Team Returns for Transfer Year 2022 Season

The Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Assist Team returns after providing unique support to Coast Guard members who have PCS’d during the previous two transfer years – 2020 and 2021. The PCS Assist Team began operating on April 4, and will run through Sept. 30, 2022, Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m., to 7 p.m. eastern time. 

April 1, 2022

The PCS Assist Team Returns This Season to Help You and Your Family Transition

The Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Assist Team returns after providing unique support to Coast Guard members who have PCS’d during the previous two transfer years – 2020 and 2021. The PCS Assist Team will begin operating on April 4, and will run through Sept. 30, 2022, Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m., to 7 p.m. eastern time.

March 31, 2022

Body Composition Standards Program, COMDTINST 1020.8I

This Instruction establishes the Coast Guard’s Body Composition Standards Program for all Coast Guard military personnel, officer and enlisted, active and reserve, and Public Health Service (PHS) officers detailed to the Coast Guard.

March 30, 2022

Moving with Pets

Make PCSing smooth for the whole family — including your pet. From pre-move steps to travel tips, know what to expect before you pack so that your four-legged friend can move with ease.

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.

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