A couple of news items pertaining to the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS). None of these are long enough to make a whole post, but they still warrant attention:
Email Address ChangingFrom time to time, DFAS sends out emails that contain important information pertaining to your pay account. These are called "SmartDocs" emails because of the email address used as the sender. The sending email address is changing on 16 May 2015. If you have spam controls set up on your mail, you should add the new address to your permitted list so that you don't miss anything. The new sender email address is DFAS-SmartDocs@mail.mil. This address is only used to send out bulk emails, please do not send anything important to the address as you will not receive a response.
Internet Explorer Must Be UpdatedEffective 21 April 2015, myPay users who access their accounts through the Internet Explorer web browser must have Internet Explorer version 8 or higher in order to access their accounts. Earlier version do not have the necessarily security protocol and attempts to log on with earlier versions of Internet Explorer will be denied.
Not sure what version you're running? Look in Internet Explorer's Help or Settings menu and select the "About" link. In the same pop-up box that tells you what version you are using, there is a check box to keep your browser updated. Use this if you are using an outdated version.
Retiree Pay VerificationsWhile military retirees have been able to access Retiree Account Statements for some time, they don't always satisfy the needs of banks or other lenders when you're applying for a mortgage or other large loan. Now, military retirees with a myPay account can get an official pay verification letter, on DFAS letterhead, to print as necessary.
Don't have a myPay account? I encourage you to set one up. It provides access to all your pay and tax information without having to call or mail requests. You can also change beneficiaries, set up tax withholding, manage allotments, and more.
DFAS and the myPay system are awesome tools for keeping on top of your pay situation. Make sure you've got access so that you can do the things that you need to do.