ThePressReleaseEngine.com

Press Release
Game changing SmartVoucher pays PCSing Soldiers faster

☷Game changing SmartVoucher pays PCSing Soldiers faster

U.S. Army
| 9| 1
   Sgt . Maj . Julie Harris , U . S . Army Financial Management Command operations senior enlisted advisor , uses a table device with her myPay pin and password to access the Defense Finance and Accounting Service’s SmartVoucher at the Maj . Gen . Emmett J . Bean Federal Center March 9 , 2022 . In August 2022 , DFAS will add responsive design to SmartVoucher , which will make it even easier to use on personal devices . Sgt . Maj . Julie Harris , U . S . Army Financial Management Command operations senior enlisted advisor , uses a table device with her ......myPay pin and password to access the Defense Finance and Accounting Service’s SmartVoucher at the Maj . Gen . Emmett J . Bean Federal Center March 9 , 2022 . In August 2022 , USAFMCOM’s Army Military Pay Offices are helping deploy DFAS’ SmartVoucher program to automate the Army’s permanent - change - of - station travel voucher claim process . WASHINGTON — SmartVoucher is a wave of the future , putting money into the pockets of Soldiers and their families faster than ever before . Across the Army and around the globe , the U . S . Army Financial Management Command’s Army Military Pay Offices are helping deploy the Defense Finance and Accounting Service’s SmartVoucher program to automate the Army’s permanent - change - of - station travel voucher claim process . “The future is here with SmartVoucher , which is the new and improved way of completing a PCS travel claim , ” said William French , Fort Leavenworth , Kansas , Army Military Pay Office director . “Soldiers can complete their voucher on any device anywhere in the world by simply filling out their itinerary , uploading their documents , and submitting their claim for review . ” The SmartVoucher system can be accessed anywhere in the world with internet access and either a common access card or myPay login and password at the SmartVoucher website . “With SmartVoucher’s easy three - step process , Soldiers can get paid in a handful of days instead of the 15 or 20 it used to take , ” explained French . “This was the first time I used SmartVoucher , and I am a big fan of it because it was extremely easy to use and took maybe ten minutes to complete , ” said 1st Sgt . Elvis Puente Gonzalez , Mission Command Training Program senior battle staff observer , coach and trainer . “I got paid in three days , the fastest I’ve ever been paid for a PCS in eight moves . ” Not only does SmartVoucher pay up to 50 percent faster , it’s easier to use and eliminates many of the mistakes that plagued travel claim processes for years . “It works just like commercial tax - filing software that many of us use to fill out our taxes each year , ” said Butch Boris , Defense Finance Accounting Service Rome finance director . “It’s a multi - question , multi - decision - point program that walks you through the process of filling out your PCS travel claim using plain language and easy - to - understand questions . ” The electronically - submitted travel voucher is then automatically transferred either directly to DFAS Rome for processing or through an AMPO for review before heading to DFAS . With either route , information doesn’t have to be reentered from a scanned PDF by DFAS like it used to with the manual system . “We’re eliminating up to 50 percent of the travel voucher claim returns through SmartVoucher , ” Boris elaborated . “That means we aren’t touching things we don’t need to touch , speeding up the process and saving time and resources . ” The fully - automated SmartVoucher also provides another advantage to Soldiers – visibility . As claims go through the process , Soldiers can receive text and email alerts to follow them along the way . Looking back , Boris said SmartVoucher’s beginnings can be traced back nearly eleven years as DFAS worked to improve and automate their temporary duty voucher process with automated form filing . However , the initiative really gained steam almost five years ago at Fort Sill , Oklahoma . “When the DFAS director was visiting Fort Sill , the deputy to the commanding general there at the time asked her what she could do to make the military PCS voucher process easier and faster , ” recalled Susan Gillison , USAFMCOM Military Pay Operations director . “We talked about a bunch of different things , and we ended up modifying the tool DFAS had for TDY . ” From there , SmartVoucher was born . “It’s a game changer . For decades , we used to have dozens or more Soldiers all in a single classroom with one or two Defense Military Pay Office employees , now AMPO employees , walking them through filling out their DD Form 1351 - 2 , block by block , ” said Gillison . “The Soldiers didn’t really have to know or understand a lot about the process or travel pay . ” Master Sgt . Alphanzo Hunter , U . S . Army Financial Management Command Operations training noncommissioned officer in charge , uses the Defense Finance and Accounting Service’s SmartVoucher at the Maj . Gen . Emmett J . Bean Federal Center March 9 , 2022 . USAFMCOM’s Army Military Pay Offices are helping deploy DFAS’ SmartVoucher program to automate the Army’s permanent - change - of - station travel voucher claim process . “The old method of bringing in the masses and having the group go line by line was awful and painful , ” recalled Puente Gonzalez , who just moved from Fort Rucker , Alabama , to Fort Leavenworth . “It always took more than an hour , depending on the number of service members in - processing . ” “Now we’re not only not spending all that time and coordination getting everyone in a classroom at the same time , but the Soldiers are also much more aware of their travel voucher claim process , ” French added . “Before , a lot of that education and information was lost each time a Soldier PCSed , but now they understand it better and can help one another as Soldiers rotate through their units . ” While SmartVoucher allows Soldiers to file their own PCS travel vouchers on their own time thanks to ease of access and use , it becomes all the more important they file in a timely manner . “While it’s easier on them , they sometimes push it off and don’t file their claim right away , ” explained French . “That can cause the military pay system to pay wrong allowance amounts , create debts and even suspend a Soldier’s pay if it goes long enough . That’s why we tell in - processing Soldiers that it’s very important for them to file their claim using SmartVoucher as soon as possible . ” Despite the tremendous advantages SmartVoucher provides Soldier’s , Boris said SmartVoucher isn’t perfect yet , and there are some big upgrades in the near future that will make it even better . “In August , DFAS is adding responsive design to SmartVoucher , which will make it easier to use on personal devices , ” he explained . “You can definitely file on a tablet , but phones are still a bit clunky . And , later this fall , we have tons of recommendations from the field we’re planning on implementing . ” One of those changes will be increasing the character count from 250 to 1 , 000 in explanation blocks on returned vouchers so military pay technicians can better communicate what a Soldier needs to fix . Gillison said the improvement process will continue throughout the life of SmartVoucher as DFAS and the U . S . Army Financial Management Command work together to provide better service . “We’re embracing technology in order to serve our Soldiers and their families better , and we want their feedback on how we’re doing , ” she explained . “If there’s something about it that they don’t like , we want them to tell us so we can try to fix it . ” While SmartVoucher will be optional for most PCSing Soldiers , it will be mandatory at certain locations . “We went 100 percent SmartVoucher in Japan in December , and starting in June , we will fully mandate its use in Europe , ” said Boris . “We mandated SmartVoucher in those locations because their unique situations meant that SmartVoucher was the best way for us to provide the best service to our Soldiers . ” “In the end , even though this is a Department of Defense - level program owned by DFAS , it’s really about the Army and taking care of our Soldiers and their families , ” he concluded . _________________________ As one of the world’s largest finance and accounting operations , DFAS supports military and civilian customers . Its mission of delivering financial excellence and quality pay services to its customers emphasizes the importance of DFAS’ role as a primary contributor in standardizing and improving finance and accounting activities across the DoD . As a major subordinate command of the U . S . Army Materiel Command , USAFMCOM conducts enterprise - level financial operations , provides technical coordination for finance and comptroller units and military pay support with commands across the Army in order to ensure the effective implementation of policies and programs to support optimally resourcing the Army and supporting Soldiers .


05 May 2022 ( May 05 2022 )



Press release information:
Direct link to press release: Click here .


Was this page helpfull ?



Game changing SmartVoucher pays PCSing Soldiers faster
Advertisment

Similar from the same period

Press Release

President Biden Announces Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Korea to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Yoon Suk Yeol

White House
May 05,2022

President Joseph R . Biden , Jr . today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Yoon Suk Yeol on May 10 , 2022 , in Seoul , Republic of Korea . Mr . Douglas Emhoff , Second Gentleman of the United States , will lead the delegation . [ . . . ]

White House
Press Release

Pentagon Press Secretary John F Kirby Holds a Press Briefing

U.S. Department of Defense
May 05,2022

PRESS SECRETARY JOHN F . KIRBY: All right . Today as I think you know , Secretary Austin met with defense - - Japanese Defense Minister Kishi , they had a terrific discussion , talked about regional security issues , bilateral efforts to upgrade the U . [ . . . ]

U.S. Department of Defense
Press Release

Lessons Learned U S Army Garrison Wiesbaden visits Normandy battlefields

U.S. Army
May 05,2022

Staff members from U . S . Army Garrison Wiesbaden visited World War II battlefields in Normandy , France , providing unforgettable perspective into the accomplishments and suffering of our Soldiers 78 years ago in Operation Overlord . [ . . . ]

U.S. Army
Press Release

Fort Sill Marine Detachment XO presents flag for fallen Marine

U.S. Army
May 05,2022

Mr . Derek Black , right , Private Waldean Black’s closest relative is presented with the American flag by Lt . Col . Rojelio Salvador Oregon , executive officer of Marine Artillery Detachment Oklahoma , left , during Private Waldean Black’s funeral in Perryton , Texas , April 28 , 2022 . [ . . . ]

U.S. Army
Press Release

APG senior leadership roundtable updates community members

U.S. Army
May 05,2022

( From left ) Maj . Gen . Robert Edmonson II , senior commander of APG and commanding general of the U . S . Army Communications - Electronics Command; James Amato , executive technical director for U . S . Army Test and Evaluation Command; Brig . [ . . . ]

U.S. Army
Press Release

Cadets display academic research during Projects Day

U.S. Army
May 05,2022

From Bartlett Hall to Michie Stadium , static displays of the latest academic research conducted by over 1 , 000 cadets filled the halls with spectators taking in the dynamic sights and sounds during the 23rd annual Projects Day on April 28 at the U . [ . . . ]

U.S. Army
Press Release

Off duty YPG gate guard helps local deputies apprehend suspect

U.S. Army
May 05,2022

A fleeing felony suspect with multiple prior convictions was arrested by Yuma County Sheriff’s Office ( YCSO ) Deputies on April 14 , 2022 with an assist from an off - duty U . S . Army Yuma Proving Ground ( YPG ) gate guard . [ . . . ]

U.S. Army
Press Release

Education Center hosts pinning ceremony for new nurses

U.S. Army
May 05,2022

Kelly Scarbrough receives her nursing pin from Lincoln University School of Nursing Program Coordinator Megan Titus during a pinning ceremony for 21 new nurses May 3 at Lincoln Hall Auditorium . The ceremony – which is a separate event from the official university graduation commencement – is unique to the nursing field , and harkens back to the pioneering , mid - 19th Century medical modernization work of Florence Nightingale . [ . . . ]

U.S. Army
Press Release

3 MICC Soldiers vying for ACC best warrior

U.S. Army
May 05,2022

Sgt . 1st Class Jacob Sanders is competing in the Army Contracting Command Best Warrior Competition conducted virtually May 9 - 13 from Redstone Arsenal , Alabama . Sanders is a contracting NCO from the 919th Contracting Battalion at Fort Bliss , Texas . [ . . . ]

U.S. Army
Press Release

U S Australian Army strengthen R D agreement

U.S. Army
May 05,2022

Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division work alongside their Australian Army counterparts during Talisman Sabre 21 , July 29 , 2021 at Lavarack Barracks , Townsville , Queensland . Army forces operating in the Indo - Pacific bring a unique blend of key multi - domain capabilities that enable the joint forces . [ . . . ]

U.S. Army
Press Release

U S Soldiers Polish Allies participate in Abrams Operations Summit

U.S. Army
May 05,2022

Polish and U . S . Soldiers assigned to 2nd Battalion , 34th Armored Regiment , 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team , 1st Infantry Division pose for a photo on two M1A2 Abrams tanks after the Abrams Operation Summit at Bucierz Range , Drawsko Pomorskie , Poland , April 28 , 2022 . [ . . . ]

U.S. Army
Press Release

Brunssum SAC children explore commissary as part of field trip

U.S. Army
May 05,2022

Children from the School Age Center at Joint Forces Command Brunssum , the Netherlands visit the Commissary at U . S . Army Garrison Benelux - Brunssum and make pretzels as part of their field trip April 14 , 2022 . [ . . . ]

U.S. Army
Press Release

New commander at 2501st DLD

U.S. Army
May 05,2022

Lt . Col . Mark Breugum accepts the 2501st Digital Liaison Detachment guidon from Maj . Gen . Shane Buzza , Eighth Army wartime chief of staff , at a change - of - command ceremony at Camp Yongin , South Korea , May 5 , 2022 . [ . . . ]

U.S. Army
Press Release

US Department of Labor seeks temporary restraining order against Huntley restaurant owners for intimidating workers during federal wage investigation | U S Department of Labor

U.S. Department of Labor
May 05,2022

US Department of Labor seeks temporary restraining order against Huntley restaurant , owners for intimidating workers during federal wage investigation Department also seeking more than $119K in back wages and liquidated damages CHICAGO – The U . [ . . . ]

U.S. Department of Labor
Press Release

Driving Innovation for Disaster Planning Response and Recovery

U.S. Department of Commerce
May 05,2022

Jeremy Zollo , Chief Market Engagement Officer , First Responder Network AuthorityThis summer , we expect yet another above - average Atlantic hurricane season , and the First Responder Network Authority ( FirstNet Authority ) remains committed to ensuring responders have the tools they need to face these storms . [ . . . ]

U.S. Department of Commerce
Press Release

Remarks by Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves at the MBDA Notice of Funding Opportunity Briefing

U.S. Department of Commerce
May 05,2022

Remarks by Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves at the MBDA Notice of Funding Opportunity Briefing Minority business growth Don Graves AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY Wednesday , May 4 , 2022 Office of Public Affairs publicaffairs@doc . [ . . . ]

U.S. Department of Commerce
Press Release

GEOINT 2022 Symposium Address

Office of the Director of National Intelligence
May 05,2022

GEOINT 2022 Symposium Addressby Christine Abizaid , National Counterterrorism Center Director Denver , ColoradoApril 26 , 2022As Delivered I want to extend a special thank you to Vice Admiral Sharp . I think this is your last GEOINT Symposium as NGA Director , and the National Counterterrorism Center and NGA have enjoyed a really strong partnership over the years , ever since our founding nearly 18 years ago , and you’ve always been a great champion of the CT community . [ . . . ]

Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Press Release

Federal Reserve Board issues enforcement action with former employee of Synovus Bank

Federal Reserve System
May 05,2022

The Federal Reserve Board on Thursday announced the execution of the enforcement action listed below:Consent prohibition order against Angela GarciaFormer employee of Synovus Bank , Columbus , GeorgiaEmbezzlement of bank fundsAdditional enforcement actions can be searched for here . [ . . . ]

Federal Reserve System
Press Release

Wanted by the FBI High School Students for the 2022 FBI Teen Academy

Federal Bureau of Investigation
May 05,2022

EL PASO , TX—The FBI El Paso Field Office invites all interested students enrolled in accredited high schools ( public , private , or homeschool ) in El Paso to apply to attend the FBI El Paso Teen Academy , which will be held at 660 S . [ . . . ]

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Press Release

U S Attorney Announces Results of Multi Faceted Strategy to Combat Fraud Related to COVID 19

Federal Bureau of Investigation
May 05,2022

U . S . Attorney Announces Results Of Multi - Faceted Strategy To Combat Fraud Related To COVID - 19 Tampa , FL – United States Attorney Roger B . Handberg announces the results achieved to date by the Middle District of Florida’s efforts to combat fraud related to COVID - 19 . [ . . . ]

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Advertisment

Advertisment