By Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW) Maria Yager, Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs
MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Nearly 14,000 Sailors who have negotiated permanent change of station (PCS) moves for the first quarter of fiscal year 2010 won't get a hard copy of their orders until after Oct. 1 as the Navy's current PCS funding account runs dry.
A policy change made last year, called the PCS Obligation Policy Change (POPC), is responsible for NPC's delay in issuing orders for PCS moves beyond October. Under the new policy, which was implemented across the services, funding must be provided at the time the PCS orders are written. Previously the Navy could issue orders once a PCS move was negotiated and supply funding when the move occurred.
Since the Navy's $613.3 million FY-09 PCS funds are nearly depleted, NPC must wait until new funds are made available Oct. 1, before anymore PCS orders are issued.
Some Sailors who have negotiated PCS orders using Career Management System/Interactive Detailing (CMS/ID) or directly through their detailer may need to wait until the new fiscal year begins before they may initiate processes associated with PCS moves, like overseas screening, sea duty screening, special duty screening and scheduling household goods and vehicle shipments. These are processes that require Sailors to have PCS orders which contain a line of accounting data to pay for services associated with moves.
The financial constraints were acknowledged in NAVADMIN 236/09, but relief is being sought so Navy families can move to their new locations.
"We are fully aware of the potential impacts," said Rear Adm. Don Quinn, deputy chief of naval personnel. "My staff is looking to apply any available end-of-year money to PCS. I thank you for your patience and support as we act to solve this challenging resource issue."
With all FY-09 fourth-quarter moves funded, NPC has been able to use the remaining funds to begin paying for FY-10 moves.
"Projections indicate that we will only be able to release orders in August and September for about 20 percent of first-quarter FY-10 rollers," said Capt. Rob Weitzman, who manages PCS funding accounts at NPC.
"We will do our best to provide Sailors and their families with as much information and lead time as possible, but the late receipt of orders will result in compressed PCS timelines with few options for relocating families early," Weitzman said.
The goal is to minimize impacts to fleet readiness, career timing and families. The priority moves are global war on terror support assignment rotations, career milestone billets and critical readiness fills, those that minimize gaps at sea for deployed units and working up to deploy, and keeping the training pipelines moving.
NPC issues approximately 88,000 sets of PCS orders annually with an average cost of $8,861 per move.
For more information visit the NPC website at www.npc.navy.mil and read NAVADMIN 236/09.
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