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Mailing address:

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

Telephone

(866) 772-8724
(785) 339-2200

Fax

(785) 339-3770

Self-Service

Use Direct Access https://hcm.direct-access.us/

E-Mail

PPC-DG-CustomerCare@uscg.mil (Note: All  PPC customer inquiries are now directed to Customer Care. Please make note of this e-mail address. The old RAS e-mail address is no longer used for customer inquiries. Thank you.)  


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Retiree & Annuitant Services (RAS) Branch

PPC (RAS) Functions:

Retiree/Annuitant Customer Service

Submit all customer inquiries to PPC Customer Care by calling 1-866-772-8724 or (785) 339-2200. Telephone support is provided 0700 to 1600 (Central Time), Monday through Friday. We will also receive your request via e-mail sent to "PPC-DG-CustomerCare@uscg.mil". PPC is closed federal holidays.  

Be sure to visit our branch news page for retiree-related news updates.

RAS Branch Responsibilities

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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. 

PPC Customer Satisfaction Survey

We continually monitor our processes in an ongoing attempt to Improve service. Anytime you receive service from us, you are invited to fill out our customer service survey.  In order to ensure the safety and security of your information our Customer Satisfaction Survey is only accessible from within the Coast Guard Data Network. If you are the Coast Guard Data Network please click this link to complete the PPC Customer Satisfaction Survey.

If you would like to provide feedback on the service you received, but do not have access to the Coast Guard Data Network (via a Coast Guard Standard Workstation),  please contact us by email to PPC-DG-M-Feedback@uscg.mil.  

Links for users of Web-Based Email Clients

As our valued customers, your input is always appreciated.

How to Access Your Direct-Access Self Service Account

First Time User?

If you're new to Self Service here's how to get started:

If you retired prior to 1 April 2018 - Send an email to ppc-dg-customercare@uscg.mil asking for your account to be established.

If you retired on or after 1 April 2018 - follow these steps:

Download and read the First Time Logon Guide  for Retired Pay guide. It will provide you with the information you need to logon and setup your self service account. After reading the guide you will know that:

  • Your User ID is your Employee ID number
  • Your first time use password is THeUSCG + last 4 of your SSN @ four digit birth year. For example, if the last 4 digits of your SSN are 1234 and you were born in 1956, your default password is THeUSCG1234@1956.
  • Your password is case sensitive, so be sure to capitalize the CG when you type it in.
  • You must change your password from the default the first time you login.
    1. Global Pay passwords must:
      1. Be between 15 and 32 characters long:
      2. Include at least 1 number, and
      3. Have at least 1 special character. For example, ! @ # $ % & * ( ) - + \ | [ { ] } ; : / ? .
    2. Passwords are case sensitive. You should use both lowercase and capital letters in your password.
    3. Your password cannot be the same as your User ID.
    4. Don't use passwords that are based on personal or any other type of information that can be easily accessed or guessed such as your address or children's names.
  • You must select a Security Question and provide an answer to be used in the event you forget your password.
  • You must provide an e-mail address to be used with your account.

System Requirements:

  • A PC or MAC desktop or laptop computer. Tablets and mobile phones are not supported. 
  • An Internet web browser must be installed. The web browser must be the most current, up-to-date, version available for your operating system. Current versions of the following web browsers are known to work with Direct Access: Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox, and Internet Explorer.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader must be installed in order to view payslips, tax forms, and other files generated in portable document format (PDF). Visit https://get.adobe.com/reader/ to download and install Acrobat Reader. The program is free.
  • “Pop-Up blockers” must be disabled in order to view payslips and tax forms. Follow the instructions for your installed web browser to disable the Pop-Up blocker.

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Retirement Seminars

Seminar MaterialsUpdated

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.

The appearance of hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the U.S. Coast Guard of non-U.S. Government sites or the information, products, or services contained therein. Although the U.S. Coast Guard may or may not use these sites as additional distribution channels for Department of Homeland Security information, it does not exercise editorial control over all of the information that you may find at these locations. Such links are provided consistent with the stated purpose of this website.

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.

2019 Military Retiree Paydays

Month Pay Date
January  01 February
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.