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New online system to make moves easier

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Starting April 1, the days of waiting weeks to complete a PCS In-processing voucher for active duty AF members will be a thing of the past!

The Permanent Change of Station In-Processing System (PIPS) offers a secure, paperless way to submit PCS related financial documents with automated assistance to the member.

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 member. PIPS can be accessed 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 for mileage, per diem and dislocation allowance, Basic Allowance for Housing, Temporary Lodging Expense, Family Separation Allowance, Enlisted Meal Deductions, Advance Military Pay, Cost of Living Allowance, Overseas Housing Allowance, Hardship Duty Pay, Imminent Danger Pay, and Combat Zone Tax Exclusion.

PIPS also has a briefing area where the local Financial Services Office (FSO) can include a tailored briefing or provide information specific to their location for the member to review. The FSO can supply base-specific contact information, hours of operation, or other information that customers may need.

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.

Active Duty personnel can view a demonstration video of PIPS by visiting the Money - Finance Central website at www.my.af.mil.