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DIMHRS transforms pay and personnel for 21st century

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The way Airmen conduct personnel and pay business will change when the Department of Defense introduces the Defense Integrated Military Human Resources System, bringing payroll and personnel functions for the Army and Air Force into one integrated Web-based system.

It's the next generation of a reliable and user-friendly system with 24 hour access to resolve pay and personnel issues.

"The Defense Joint Military Pay System has become outdated and cannot meet the need," said Lt. Col. Reedy Hopkins, DIMHRS program manager. "This new system represents the DoD's commitment to modernizing our business practices."

Currently, each service and the Defense Finance and Accounting Service has its own system, and components within each service have systems as well. When an Airman takes a joint assignment, multiple, disjointed personnel and pay systems could lead to inaccurate and late pay. Inconsistent processes and data make oversight and management difficult at all levels.

With the new system, Airmen have all-hours access to personnel records and requests, checklists that will walk applicants through the process, and career histories of permanent change of station or temporary duty orders.

With the old system, combatant commanders could not account for personnel in theater, according to the DIMHRS Web site. After the migration, pay for deploying Airmen will start on arrival at deployed locations, with actions and access the same as home location, and personnel access to all members at their location.

Supervisors will be able to manage performance reports via web with desktop access to human resource records, with electronic routing of reports and awards. And commanders will gain real-time status of requests; and when applications are approved, data is affected.

DIHMRS becomes the personnel and pay management system of the future since it's on the Web, just like other DoD initiatives that transformed "paper programs" into Web-based systems. One example would be myPay.

Perhaps the biggest effect the DIHMRS would have would be to replace myPay as the method to conduct personal pay transactions, or to receive their current pay slips. MyPay will continue to be used by retirees and civilians.

By the time DIHMRS goes on line November 2008, customers will resolve finance issues online or by phone through the 24-hour Air Force Financial Services Center at Ellsworth AFB, N.D. Vandenberg will still have a skeleton-crew customer service operation here to handle issues that the center in Ellsworth can't handle over the phone, said Capt Niklaus Pleisch, Financial Services Flight commander with the 30th Comptroller Squadron.

Unlike the Financial Management Transformation, which is launched in phases, DIMHRS will be launched all at once.

"The plan is to flip the on switch to launch DIMHRS, and at the same time turn Military Personnel Data System off," said Capt. Mark Burch, 30th Space Wing Military Personnel Flight commander. "There will be a very short period of time where MilPDS is sitting idle on the shelf as a fall back, but this most likely will be no more than a couple of weeks."

An implementation plan is in process and on schedule for approval and roll-out, Captain Burch said. The plan will address training, documentation, testing, contact centers, deployment, and change management/communications strategies, and other elements.