Special Pays Update from the Medical Corps Chief and Surgeon General

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Here’s a message about the special pays from the Medical Corps Chief (RDML Pearigen) and the Navy Surgeon General (VADM Faison):

From: “Pearigen, Paul RDML USN NAVMED WEST SAN CA (US)”

Date: December 27, 2017 at 11:33:05 CST


Medical Corps Specialty Leaders:

Through email, newsletter, and other mechanisms, the MC Chief staff and I have kept you up-to-date on the ongoing issues related to transition to Consolidated Special Pays and, in particular, the challenges and problems DFAS has encountered in executing this in a timely and accurate manner for those officers from medical and other communities eligible for these pays.

The staff of BUMED Director, Total Force, in particular, Mr. Marin and his team in Special Pays, have worked diligently to assist and prod DFAS in getting this right, as well as to support the officers in your community as this conversion proceeds.

I know this has been, at a minimum, an inconvenience for our active duty physicians–and for some a financial hardship based on their expectations with respect to timing and associated commitments they may have entered. They deserve better, and it is not enough for us to simply say it is DFAS’s responsibility and out of our control.  BUMED and the MC Chief’s staff continue to work this aggressively, including name-by-name efforts at resolution; the current status has been detailed for you in recent communications from the MC office.  Thank you all for your patience and assistance in getting through this very rocky special pays program transition year.

I am forwarding the below message from the Surgeon General, which I ask you to further forward to your specialty community.

Thanks, and with respect,

Paul D. Pearigen, MD, MMM, CPE, FAAEM
Commander, Navy Medicine West
Chief of the Navy Medical Corps (M00C1)


Navy Medicine Team,

It has come to my attention that many of you have been directly impacted by the challenges DFAS Cleveland is having with processing special pays resulting in lengthy processing delays, errors in the rates DFAS is paying in addition to overpayment of Incentive Pay. In previous years, the individual Services were able to make these payments but they now must be processed by DFAS, resulting in delays of up to four months.

As background, Consolidated Special Pays were directed by the 2008 NDAA. As such, DoD was given 10 years to implement the change which ends in January 2018.  However, ASD(HA) did not authorize the Services to convert until fiscal year 2017. I fully realize the financial impact this is having on you and your families.   We are committed to doing everything possible both here at BUMED and working with DFAS to address this situation. I am personally
engaged on this and working this closely with our team. The BUMED Total Force team has been proactively working this issue on your behalf by engaging directly with Navy Manpower and DFAS Cleveland. Mr. Bill Marin, BUMED
Special Pays Program Manager, visited DFAS Cleveland in November to simplify the process and reduce the time it takes for DFAS to process and pay Medical Special Pays. In the meantime, DFAS also assigned additional personnel to focus on reducing the backlog.  BUMED has and will continue to process all actions received.

Additionally, we are personally engaging the Director of DFAS who will continue to work this for you. Likewise, the BUMED team and I are committed to keeping you informed as updates become available on this issue. If you have
any immediate questions or concerns that need to be addressed, please contact the BUMED Navy Medical Special Pays Program at usn.ncr.bumedfchva.mbx.specialpays-bumed < at > mail.mil.

Very respectfully,

SG Sends

C. Forrest Faison III, M.D.
Surgeon General, U.S. Navy
Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery

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