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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
Military Members: Information About Moving your Household Goods
Each year nearly a roughly a third of the Coast Guard’s military work force concludes one tour, transfers to another completing a permanent change of station (PCS). There are a lot of moving parts that go with that transfer, and if you are PCSing this year, here is what you need to know.
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.
March 18, 2022
Personnel & Pay Procedures Manual, PPCINST M1000.2 (series), Chapter 4, Movement of Personnel
Personnel & Pay Procedures Manual, chapter 4, provides checklists, guides, and information required for the movement of personnel. Although not yet fully updated to reflect changes brought on by the implementation FSMS and ETS, it remains an important resource for the proper preparation of PCS and TDY orders.
2022 Household Goods (HHG) Shipment Information
The 2022 HHG transportation season will soon be upon us, and with
it comes the importance of HHG counseling. To ensure all members
have the most success with their movement of HHGs commands are
highly encouraged to provide each transferring or separating member
with a copy of this ALCOAST and include HHGs counseling on PCS
2022 Personally Procured Movements (PPM) of Household Goods (HHG)
The HHG transportation peak season, which runs from 15 May
through 31 August, is fast approaching. During peak season it may be
difficult to secure a Government-contracted transportation service
provider (TSP) that meets the member's desired packing, pick-up,
and delivery dates. If a TSP cannot be contracted, or if a member
prefers, they may perform a full or partial PPM
Incident Management Team Established to Resolve FSMS Transition Issues
Commandant directs team to remove barriers, streamline solutions. “We need to pay our people and pay our bills,” said Rear Adm. Jon Hickey, who has been named Incident Commander. “The urgency is high, and we need to restore trust and credibility with our members and vendors.”
March 3, 2022
Have Questions About Your Coverage? Start With the TRICARE Plans Overview
Did you know that there are multiple TRICARE health plans? They're all outlined in the TRICARE Plans Overview. If you're eligible for or enrolled in a TRICARE plan, this resource highlights key features, including eligibility, how to get care, and costs information for different health plans.
Feb. 25, 2022
FSMS Update: Where to get help with travel vouchers or reimbursement claims
If you are having issues booking or getting reimbursed for TDY travel since the Coast Guard shifted to the Financial System Modernization Solution (FSMS), check out the latest guidance on the PPC ETS website for help.
Feb. 17, 2022
Financial Systems Modernization Solution (FSMS) Status
This ALCOAST provides a Financial Systems Modernization Solution
(FSMS) update following go-live.
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.
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.
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. 9, 2022
2022 Critical Housing Areas Announced
This ALCGPSC announces the Military Housing Areas (MHA) and zip codes
meeting the eligibility criteria for designation as a CHA. This ALCGPSC
applies to all areas in the continental United States where dependents are
authorized to accompany service members.
Jan. 26, 2022
Flag Voice 568 - AY22 PCS Orders for Personnel Not Vaccinated Against COVID-19
The purpose of this Flag Voice is to inform you of the next step in our efforts to getting the Coast Guard military workforce fully vaccinated. Please review it carefully. As we expect there will be numerous questions from units and individually, DCMS-DPR is looking to schedule a Senior Executive townhall in the near future.
Jan. 24, 2022
Screening for Overseas Duty, PSCINST 1300.1B
ALCGPSC 012/22 promulgates Screening for Overseas Duty, PSCINST 1300.1B
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.
Jan. 14, 2022
Your PCS move just got easier—Coast Guard Mutual Assistance rolls out two new programs in support
Your Coast Guard family’s permanent change of duty station (PCS) move is now supported by two new programs offered by Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA). As of Jan. 1, 2022, both programs operate year-round and provide compensation toward specific family relocation fees. The first is a grant, called the Education Advocate Grant, and the second is a no-interest loan, called the Spouse Professional Requirements Loan Program.
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.
Dec. 30, 2021
2022 Dislocation Allowance (DLA)
The purpose of DLA is to partially reimburse a member for the expenses incurred in relocating the household on a PCS, ordered for the Government's convenience, or incident to an evacuation. This allowance is in addition to all other allowances authorized in this Joint Travel Regulation (JTR) and may be paid in advance.
2021 PCS Mileage (MALT) and TDY Mileage Rates
Effective 1 January 2022, the MALT (monetary allowance in lieu of transportation) rate per authorized POC (privately owned conveyance) is $0.18 per mile. This rate is effective for all PCS travel that commences on or after 1 January 2022 (i.e., the initial travel is started). TDY mileage rates changed on 01 January 2022. The new TDY rates shown in the article.
Dec. 8, 2021
Reserve Component use of Contracted Airline Fares for IDT
This ALCOAST serves to bring awareness to and provide
instructions for using the General Services Administration's (GSA)
Airline City Pairs Program (CPP). This program, while not mandatory
but authorized lessens the burden for Reserve component
travel for IDT by allowing the purchase of contracted government
fares. An added benefit is CPP fares can be reserved last minute
and are refundable. Members are responsible for service fees.
Nov. 15, 2021
FSMS Cutover Over Extension to Delay ETS Voucher Submissions
Per ALCOAST 411/21 (below), FSMS cutover has been delayed two weeks.
You will not be able to voucher in ETS until FSMS is “LIVE”. Please continue to keep all of your records (orders, receipts, reservations and any travel documents) in order. You will need these when you voucher/reconcile your travel.
Nov. 5, 2021
Change to Vehicle Processing Center (VPC) Selection
Authorized loading and unloading points for a POV are the port or Vehicle Processing Center (VPC) serving the origin point (Port of Embarkation), the port or VPC serving the new PDS (Port of Debarkation), and any port in between the old and new PDS.
Nov. 4, 2021
Changes Coming to TRICARE Retail Network Pharmacies
There are changes coming soon to the TRICARE retail pharmacy network. Starting Dec. 15, 2021, CVS Pharmacy will join the TRICARE network. At the same time, Walmart, Sam's Club, and some community pharmacies will leave the network.