HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. --
The days of waiting weeks to complete a PCS In-processing voucher for active duty Air Force members will soon become a thing of the past!
Beginning Apr. 10, Hurlburt Field personnel will start using the Permanent Change of Station In-Processing System (PIPS) and file their PCS financial documents from their own workstation. PIPS will offer a secure, paperless way to submit PCS related financial documents with automated assistance.
This process is accomplished using a "wizard approach" to guide the members through PCS In-Processing by presenting an interactive interview session that will explain PCS entitlements based on information provided by the member. Members can access PIPS via a secure web site application, eFinance, using their common access card and PIN.
Once a user navigates to the PIPS site, the system will use easy to understand question-and-answer sessions to take the member through the process of PCS Travel from start to finish. The "wizard" technology will make it virtually impossible to overlook even the smallest detail when completing a PCS-In voucher.
Because we know this may be a confusing period in a military career, we focused on the need for an accurate, relevant information exchange. When a member starts using PIPS, they will be asked whether they are PCSing to an overseas location or within the continental United States. PIPS will use this response to present a briefing containing the correct information based on where they are going. Included in this briefing are links to entitlements, rates payable and frequently asked questions relative to the PCS move. The information provided includes:
· Travel Entitlements - Mileage
· Travel Entitlements - Per Diem
· Travel Entitlements - Dislocation Allowance
o Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)
o Temporary Lodging Expense (TLE)
o Family Separation Allowance (FSA)
o Enlisted Meal Deductions
o Advance Military Pay
o Advance Basic Allowance for Housing
o Cost of Living Allowance (COLA)
o Temporary Lodging Allowance (TLA) - OCONUS Only
o Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA) - OCONUS Only
o Hardship Duty Pay-Location (HDP-L) - OCONUS Only
o Imminent Danger Pay (IDP) - OCONUS Only
o Combat Zone Tax Exclusion (CZTE) - OCONUS Only
For members arriving at their new duty station, PIPS will automate and standardize the documentation portion of the Financial Services In-Processing briefing. By using PIPS, members will be able to initiate and complete their Financial Services In-Processing from anywhere in the world using a CAC-enabled computer. The first sites to utilize PIPS for Initial Operating Capability were Altus AFB, Okla. and Little Rock AFB, Ark.
for a demo of the PIPS program.