By Janis El Shabazz
Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — myPers, the Air Force official online source for personnel policy, information and day-to-day transactions, empowers civilian employees to manage their careers.
“This resource can save employees an infinite amount of time by providing direct online access to answers and valuable information about many of the everyday personnel concerns and the ability to complete many personnel transactions with the click of a mouse,” said Jacqueline Holland, Air Force Personnel Center civilian future operations branch.
“myPers information is continually updated to ensure employees and supervisors have the most current information readily available,” said Holland. “Information on the site is presented in plain, easily understandable language, rather than personnel-centric terms.”
Some of the many civilian resources available on myPers include the following:
Self-service applications — Employees can initiate or accomplish many personnel actions on line including starting a name change, updating resumes and requesting veteran’s preference changes. The pages also contain links to other important personnel resources such as the Office of Personnel Management electronic Official Personnel Folder and the myBiz application, which provides immediate secure access to sensitive employment related information.
Benefits and Entitlements — On this page employees can learn about their benefits and entitlements and use the online Employee Benefits Information System application to update their benefits.
EBIS is the ‘go to’ application for civilian benefit transactions, and information. Employees can check the status of insurance elections or benefit enrollment, complete a retirement application, change their Thrift Savings Program contributions and much more.
To access EBIS select the link on the myPers main page under the ‘I would like to’ section. Employees log into the site by entering their social security number and their EBIS personal identification number.
EBIS provides access to enroll to three key benefits programs, Federal Employee Health Benefits, Federal Employee Group Life Insurance, and Thrift Savings Plan. The Federal Employee Dental and Vision Insurance Program, Flexible Spending Account and Long Term Care Program enrollment is not done in EBIS. Enrollment instructions for these programs are available on myPers. With the exception of the TSP, new employees must complete all selections within the 60-day enrollment period or they will have to wait until the next open season or the occurrence of a qualifying life event, such as marriage or divorce, to enroll.
New users who do not have a PIN must click the ‘new user’ option to create one. Employees, who have forgotten their PIN can reset it by providing six pieces of previously established information. After answering the security questions select, the “forgot login” link and enter the requested information.
Inside EBIS employees will find the following sections:
My Benefits: A comprehensive personal statement featuring employee retirement and benefits information, sick and annual leave balance, personal data, insurance, social security earnings, TSP data and more.
Calculators: Can be used to-plan for retirement, calculate TSP savings and benefits.
Transactions: View current coverage and change TSP and Federal Employees Health and Life insurance benefit elections.
Forms: Print or complete various benefit related forms.
eRetirement: Complete the entire retirement application without leaving the computer. An interactive program, eRetirement walks employees through a guided questionnaire divided into 11 sections. After employees complete the forms in eRetirement, they must print a hardcopy, sign the hardcopy, and mail the application to BEST.
My profile: Update personal profile.
eSeminars: View online seminars about federal benefits via a comprehensive library of audio and video electronic learning tools that provide answers and information on subjects from financial planning to flexible spending accounts. Each segment is usually less than one hour long.
i-Information — Employees can search this resource to learn more about federal employee benefits by retirement system or keyword.
Force Development — This page contains critical information about civilian force development, force renewal and links to related resources. The page also provides information about education and training opportunities and qualification requirements.
New Hire and Hiring Manager — These two new pages provide valuable information for newly hired employees and hiring managers.
The New Hire page provides information to help new employees get started in their career, including time-sensitive benefit elections they must make and personnel resources such as the eOPF and MyBiz.
The Hiring Manager page helps selecting officials start the hiring process with information on topics such as “Before Your Hire,” “Filling a Position,” “Onboarding” and more.
In addition to the narrative knowledge articles there are several short videos to help employees and managers use the site: Learn how to Navigate myPers, How to Navigate the Employee Benefits Information System Application, New Employee Benefits Overview and Force Development Overview.
“MyPers should be a civilian employee’s first stop for personnel services and information,” Holland said. “Using myPers will save them time and frustration — information and guidance on many of the most commonly asked personnel issues is readily available and easily accessible 24/7.”
Information for items not listed on the top menu can be found by entering search terms in the myPers search window. After reviewing knowledge articles, employees select the contact us link on the left hand side of the page to request additional information from the Total Force Service Center.
For more information about this and other personnel issues, visit the myPers website at https://mypers.af.mil.