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Commanding Officer (RAS)
U.S. Coast Guard 
Pay & Personnel Center
444 S. E. Quincy St.
Topeka, KS 66683-3591


(800) 772-8724
(785) 339-3415


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Retiree & Annuitant Services (RAS) Branch

Lapse in Appropriations

Status of your Retiree Pay

To Coast Guard Retirees and Annuitants,

I know you are undoubtedly concerned by the duration of this funding hiatus, what it might mean for your pay and benefits, and how it will conclude. I want to assure you that Admiral Schultz and I recognize the hardship this lapse places on you and your families.

Please be assured that we are continuing to work closely with the Department of Homeland Security, the Administration, and Congress to reduce the impacts of this funding lapse on our Coast Guard workforce - past and present - and I will keep you informed as additional information becomes available. While the Department of Homeland Security and the Coast Guard will exhaust every option, there is a distinct possibility that Retiree Pay and Survivor's Benefit Plan (SBP) payments may be delayed if this lapse continues into late January.

I understand that you may have questions, I would encourage you to visit the following Coast Guard website to find answers: https://www.dcms.uscg.mil/budget. We will update the site continually as it contains many "Frequently Asked Questions," which I believe you may find helpful.

As a Retiree, you answered the call to protect America, defended our Nation's prosperity, and earned the continued trust and confidence of this Nation. Thank you for your Service and continued Devotion to Duty as part of the Long Blue Line.

Semper Paratus,

Admiral Charles W. Ray
Vice Commandant

Note from the RAS Branch Chief:

By this time, you should have received your 31 December retiree or annuitant pay. Because of the timing of the government shutdown, however, the mailing of your payslip has been delayed. You will be able to see/obtain a copy through Direct Access Self Service after 7 January, 2019. When we are able to return to work, we will do our best to quickly get yours in the mail. We'll keep you apprised of any additional updates. Thank you.

Please refer to the Lapse in Appropriations Guide for frequently asked questions and payment information.

FAQs about Lapse in Appropriations

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No. Benefits will continue to be honored. Uncollected premiums and allotments will be recouped once funding is restored.

VGLI benefits will continue to be honored. If a retiree pays their premium through a CG allotment they will need to notify OSGLI at 1-800-419-1473.

If the lapse continues through the end of January, retirees may not get paid. In order for the Coast Guard to pay active duty, reserve, civilian, and retired members, the Service will require an FY19 appropriation, a continuing resolution, or passage of an alternative measure.

Payroll deductions will cease for any employee that does not receive pay. BENEFEDS will generate a bill to enrollees for premiums when no payment is received for two consecutive pay periods. The enrollee should pay any directly billed premiums on a timely basis to ensure continuation of coverage.

The CG maintains a distribution list of CG Retiree and Annuitants that have “opted in” to receiving CG communications.  Please follow the link below to sign up for CG information via email or text.  Once you complete the 2-step registration process on the official CG GovDelivery site, you will have the opportunity to “opt in” to recieve any of the 48 news offerings (such as personal messages from CG Leadership, The Retiree Newsletter, ALCOASTs, and more.). This is the best way to stay in touch with all that is going on with the 2019 Lapse in Appropriations, and all future newsworthy events.


PPC (RAS) Functions:

Be sure to visit our branch news page for retiree-related news updates.How are we doing?

Under the general direction and supervision of the PPC Operations Division, the Chief, PPC Retiree and Annuitant Services Branch shall:

  1. Provide personnel and pay support and services to USCG, USCGR, PHS, and NOAA retirees and annuitants.
  2. Provide pay support to former spouses covered under the Former Spouse Protection Act (FSPA).
  3. Provide determinations of ID card eligibility for former spouse initial determinations, incapacitated children, parents and parents-in-law.
  4. Provide complete paperwork and manage all Coast Guard Reserve personnel accounts once they've entered the RET-1 (Retired, With Pay at Age 60) status and RET-2 (Retired, Awaiting Pay at Age 60) status.
  5. Execute alimony, child support, bankruptcy, and IRS tax levy garnishments.
  6. Provide accounting reports to Coast Guard Headquarters, Finance Center, the Financial Accounting and Review branch, and other internal stakeholders.
  7. Provide reports to outside stakeholders, i.e. Internal Revenue Service, Census Bureau, as requested.
  8. Provide complete paperwork and manage all Coast Guard Reserve personnel accounts once entered as complete. 

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Retirement Forms and Worksheets

The forms and worksheets necessary to process your retirement and start your retirement pay are listed in the Retirement Package (download from https://www.dcms.uscg.mil/Portals/10/CG-1/PPC/RAS/retpack.pdf). The forms can be accessed online via PPC's web site (https://dcms.uscg.mil/ppc/pd/forms).

Please complete the forms and worksheets legibly. We strongly recommend you fill them out online using the Adobe Acrobat program on the Coast Guard Standard Workstation. Completion of form Coast Guard, PHS, & NOAA Retired Pay Account Worksheet and Survivor Benefit Plan Election (CG-4700) is mandatory to establish your account so you can be paid on time. Effective January 1, 2019, PPC (RAS) will accept a scanned, emailed, or faxed copy of Form CG-4700, provided an SBP Spousal Concurrence (Section VII) is NOT required. If you decline to elect SBP coverage, elect less than the maximum coverage, or elect child-only coverage while having an eligible spouse, PPC (RAS) will continue to require the original CG-4700 with spousal concurrence (signature) and notarized—with no exceptions. We’re hopeful this will allow for a more efficient process. Thank you. Please also make sure you are using the December 2017 (12/17) version of this form. Beginning on 1 January 2019, previous versions will be obsolete and will not be accepted.

Retirement Seminars

Seminar Materials

Seminar Schedule

‚ÄčAll members are required to take pre-separation counseling on the Learning Management System (LMS) or a transition seminar. Members are authorized to begin their transition one year out from separation or two years out from retiring. Contact your local transition manager or visit the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) website at https://www.dcms.uscg.mil/CG1/Health-Safety-and-Work-Life-CG-11/Office-of-Work-Life-CG-111/Transition-Assistance-Program/.

More information on seminars in your area can be obtained by contacting the Transition/Relocation Manager at your Regional Work-Life Staff. Work-Life Staffs are located at are located at HSWL FO's in Alameda, Boston, Cleveland, Honolulu, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Miami, New Orleans, Portsmouth, San Pedro, Seattle, St. Louis, and Washington, DC. To contact the Work-Life Staff closest to you, call 1-800-872-4957, followed by the extension listed next to the following locations:

  • Alameda (252)
  • Boston (301)(dial direct to 617-223-3485)
  • Cleveland (309)
  • Honolulu (314)
  • Ketchikan (317)
  • Kodiak (563)
  • Miami (307)
  • New Orleans (308)
  • Portsmouth (305)
  • San Pedro (311)
  • Seattle (313)
  • St. Louis (302)
  • Washington, DC (932)

Retiree\Veterans Events Schedule

The Retiree\Veterans Events Schedule includes a worldwide listing of retiree appreciation days (RAD), seminars, town hall meetings, stand downs, clinics, resource\career fairs and other military retiree\veterans related events. The schedule is updated on an almost daily basis to include advertised retiree\veterans events that are obtained from .GOV, .MIL, veterans service organizations' websites and input from interested personnel.

2019 Military Retiree Paydays

Month Pay Date
January  31 January
February  01 March
March  01 April
April  01 May
May  31 May
June  01 July
July  01 August
August  30 August
September  01 October
October  01 November
November  29 November
December 2018 31 December

Note: Retiree paydays are always on the first day of the month. If the first day of the month falls on a weekend, the pay date will move to the last business day of the payroll month.

Availability of Funds

The Department of Treasury's Financial Management Service (FMS) Kansas City Provides Payment, Collections and Financial Reporting services to the U. S. Coast Guard. FMS has recently undertaken a number of modernization efforts. One of these efforts is called Payment Application Modernization (PAM) which will help FMS process agency payment requests in a more efficient and cost effective manner.

In accordance with NACHA Operating Rules, consumer payments (i.e., Federal salary and travel payments, benefit payments) must be made available for withdrawal no later than the opening of business on the settlement date (provided the entries are made available to the Receiving Depositary Financial Institution (RDFI) by its ACH operator no later than 5:00 p.m. on the business day prior to the settlement date). Corporate payments (i.e., vendor payments, non-benefit payments) must be made available for withdrawal on the settlement date.

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