NSIPS Provides Sailors Round-the-Clock Records Access

Story Number: NNS040625-21Release Date: 6/26/2004 7:00:00 AM
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By Lt. j.g. Mike Morley, Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- The Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS) is now the single repository for personnel and pay data for all active-duty and Reserve Sailors in the Navy.

Currently being deployed in a Web enabled version, NSIPS offers Sailors around-the-clock access to their personnel information once fully deployed.

In testing for more than five years, NSIPS has been widely used by thousands of Navy Reservists to update key personnel information, and by four Personnel Support Detachment (PSD) sites to update pay and personnel information for customers.

"We're the first active-duty site to cut over to NSIPS, and I find it very user friendly," said Personnelman 1st Class (SW) Nilbert Ng, receipts supervisor at PSD [Personnel Support Detachment] Point Loma, Calif. "At PSD, we use NSIPS on a daily basis to record gains and losses, leave reporting and page two maintenance. Right now, it's working perfectly for us."

The system allows access for shore-based Sailors using an NMCI computer, or any Web-enabled personal computer with a DoD public-key infrastructure (PKI) certificate. For ships that don't maintain a secure Internet connection, NSIPS provides the ability to send and receive work items, updates and records to and from the main server. NSIPS ensures Sailors' privacy by using the latest in Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption technology.

NSIPS also offers promising future capabilities. In the first quarter of fiscal year '05, Sailors can use NSIPS self-service functions to verify their personal information in their Electronic Service Record (ESR). Sailors will be able to update their own record for functions, such as mailing address, phone, emergency contact information, race and religion.

"Soon, Sailors will be able to view large parts of their service records using NSIPS," said Art Tate, NSIPS implementation manager at NSIPS Program Office located at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Information Technology Center in New Orleans, La. "They can see what's missing or in error, and if it's outside what they can fix themselves, can visit their personnel office to get it corrected."

NSIPS brings tangible benefits to the Navy, replacing four legacy pay and personnel input systems. Also, as NSIPS is a Web-based system, local personnel sites no longer have to maintain hardware or software for legacy systems. Application updates are completed on one Web server, eliminating the need to send software updates to the individual personnel processing locations around the world. All PSDs and customer service desks are scheduled to be fully functional on NSIPS by the end of 2004.

"We had very few bugs to work out when we cut over," Ng added. "All of them were fixed quickly, so later users should find NSIPS even easier to work with."

Sailors can sign up for self-service access and view their information online in minutes. To request access to NSIPS for the first time, visit https://nsips.nmci.navy.mil and complete a System Access Authorization Request (SARR), then click on Existing Users (Self Service).

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