All DoD ID, VHIC and Gold Star Family cardholders can access the base 7 days a week. All other visitors who do not have access to the base must be registered by a base sponsor at the visitors center. All sponsors will be held 100% accountable for ensuring guests know and following current public health restrictions and conditions. You can sponsor a visitor via phone if your phone number is registered with Security Forces at 256-2008 or you can enter a pass online (AFNET or VPN required).
Q: How will this affect ID checking at the gate?
A: Starting March 17, 2020, our Defenders moved to hands-free ID checking. As you arrive at our installation gates and visitor centers, please follow these three steps: 1) Reach out and display your ID with the barcode side up so it can be scanned. 2) When prompted, flip over the card with an unobstructed view of the front side. 3) Please do not proceed through the gate until directed to do so by the Defender. We also recommend that you allow for additional travel time.
Q: How will this affect the Dixon Visitor Center hours?
A: The Dixon Visitor Center will be open from Monday-Friday: 6 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and closed on holidays.
Q: How will this situation affect gate hours?
A: The school gate will remain closed until Scott Elementary reopens.
Q: How will this affect gate guard duty?
A: If you are scheduled for gate guard duty and unsure about reporting, please contact your supervisor for clarification.
COMMISSARY/EXCHANGE: Access privileges for retirees/VHIC holders are fully restored. There is 100% ID check still in place.
COMMISSARY They will still keep Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. for the immunocompromised and over 65. For more details about hours and updates to services, please call (618) 212-3898.
EXCHANGE PERSONAL SHOPPER PROGRAM
If you need help getting items from the Base Exchange, an associate can do the shopping for you! Contact the personal shopper program team at PSScottAFB@aafes.com.
COMMISSARY OPERATION NOT ALONE ASSISTANCE & UPDATE: Certain members who are quarantined or in a restriction of movement may require unit leadership support in securing groceries and food. Additionally, if there are extenuating circumstances, such needs should be discussed with leadership and worked within the unit.
Operation Not Alone (ONA) is an initiative developed by volunteers to shop for DOD beneficiaries who are unable to do it for themselves at the commissary and provide contactless deliveries during the COVID-19 response.
ONA will be servicing Deployed Spouses, Single Parents, and Isolated individuals and/or families residing on Scott AFB or within a 10 mile radius and those CDC defined high-risk community of 65 years and older individuals or couples who do not have caretakers residing on Scott AFB only.
If you would like for ONA to shop for you or know someone who would benefit from this initiative, please have them email ONA at email@example.com or contact them on our Facebook page, @Scott Air Force Base Operation Not Alone.
Additionally, ONA is looking for volunteers to dispatch, shop and drive. Volunteers will also need to have their own masks but gloves will be provided. Please contact SSgt Alexis Roberts-Turner firstname.lastname@example.org and SrA Violet Pretty Mwangi email@example.com to volunteer.
The James Sports Center is opened to all CAC holders at this time with the following guidance:
FITNESS TESTING: Fitness Testing has been suspended until Oct. 1, 2020. An Airmen’s next scheduled fitness assessment will be based on the date of their last official assessment and fitness category. For more information visit https://www.scott.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2197442/fitness-testing-suspended-until-oct-1/
The Pavilion/Track is open, as is the walking/jogging trail around the base.
Scott Lake is open for recreation with some distancing restrictions.
CARDINAL CREEK GOLF COURSE has reopened with some restrictions. Please view details here .
Outdoor Recreation is open for rentals. Please call (618) 256-2067.
BASE POOL OPEN - LAP SWIM ONLY
The SAFB Pool will open June 15 for Lap Swim ONLY. Access to Lap Swim is open to Uniformed Members and Mission Critical ONLY at this time. To ensure safety to swimmers and staff, Outdoor Recreation has implemented the following procedures;
For complete details or to cancel a reservation, please call Outdoor Recreation at (618) 256-3276 or visit www.375fss.com/swim.
For more information about FSS facilities, please check out www.375fss.com
Q: How does this affect Military Pay Issues for members with restriction of movement?
Commanders will work with 375 MDG to determine if a member has been exposed or is suspected of exposure. Once determined, Commanders will sign a memo ordering members into lodging (see HDP-ROM Memo Template under FINANCE: QUARANTINE / SEQUESTER). Members have to be ordered into lodging by their commander.
There are two options for payment or reimbursement of lodging. Which option should the Commander choose: unit Government Purchase Card (GPC) or have the Member pay for lodging? Below are the calculations to help make that determination. All calculations are based on a 15 day stay in lodging:
15 days of TLF (Isolation or Quarantine):
*Note*: TLF Room Rate is $113 per day
*Note*: Max entitlement for HDP-ROM is $100 per day, but no more than $1500 per month. HDP-ROM is a taxable wage, but calculations do not consider how much taxes will be taken out for HDP-ROM.
Option 1) Unit Pays for Lodging with GPC:
Enlisted: Free Meals from DFAC Only
Officers: Free Meals from DFAC Only
*Note*: Non-Essential Messing (ESM) members keep their BAS. ESM members (i.e. dorm Airmen) are not authorized to receive full BAS entitlements. Ref: BAS Approval Delegation Memo (under Supervisor’s Tool Kit)
*Note*: No one is entitled to HDP-ROM if unit pays for lodging.
Option 2) Member Pays for Lodging with GTC or Personal Credit Card:
Enlisted (ESM Mbr): HDP-ROM: $1,500.00 + free meals – TLF: $1,695.00 = ($195.00)
Enlisted (non-ESM): HDP-ROM: $1,500.00 + BAS: $186.36 (+ free meals) – TLF: $1,695.00 = ($ 8.65)
Officers: HDP-ROM: $1,500.00 + BAS: $128.34 (+ free meals) – TLF: $1,695.00 = ($66.66)
*Note*: Non-ESM members keep their BAS. ESM members (i.e. dorm Airmen) are not authorized to receive full BAS entitlements. Ref: BAS Approval Delegation Memo (under Supervisor’s Tool Kit)
*Note*: All Members will incur additional lodging costs ($13 per day) if they pay for TLF at Scott AFB. Units are not authorized to pay for these additional lodging costs and are not allowed to partially or fully pay for members lodging costs with GPC.
15 days of Lodging - Standard Room (Quarantined for mission preservation):
*Note*: Standard Room Rate is $105 per day
*Note*: Non-ESM members keep their BAS. ESM members (i.e. dorm Airmen) are not authorized to receive full BAS entitlements. Ref: BAS Approval Delegation Memo (under Supervisor’s Tool Kit)
Enlisted (ESM Mbrs): HDP-ROM: $1,500.00 + free meals – Standard (Std) Rm: $1,575.00 = ($75.00)
Enlisted (Non–ESM): HDP-ROM: $1,500.00 + BAS: $186.36 (+ free meals) – Std Rm: $1,575.00 = $111.36
Officers: HDP-ROM: $1,500.00 + BAS: $128.34 (+ free meals) – Std Rm: $1,575.00 = $ 53.34
*Note*: All members will incur additional lodging costs ($5 per day) if they pay for the Standard Room rate at Scott AFB. Units are not authorized to pay for these additional lodging costs and are not allowed to partially or fully pay for members lodging costs with GPC.
Members who stay more than 15 days in Lodging (Quarantined for mission preservation):
In this scenario, members will be staying in a Standard Room at billeting. Starting on day 16, units should pay for their members lodging using their GPC because members are no longer authorized to receive HDP-ROM to defray cost of lodging (max limit is $1,500 or 15 days per month). All members would continue to receive free meals.
- NOTE: Commanders who pay for their members lodging with their unit GPC must ensure only lodging room rates / taxes are put on the GPC. Room service, movies, food, beverages are a personal expense to the member and must not be ordered while the Government Purchase Card is on file. Member is no longer entitled to Hardship Duty Pay (HDP) if their unit is partially or fully paying for lodging. No other allowance is included or authorized, except for free meals from the Dining Facility. For all members ordered into lodging, units will make arrangements to ensure delivery of meals from the DFAC.
For reimbursement of the HDP-ROM entitlement, members will submit the items below to Finance (375.AMW.FINANCE@us.af.mil) or their servicing finance office if they are from another Service. If sending an encrypted email, please utilize DOD SAFE https://safe.apps.mil/ and add the applicable org box to receive the attachment. The passphrase will need to be sent in a follow up email for access to the DOD safe attachment.
- Commanders letter (use template labeled “HDP-ROM Memo Template” under FINANCE: QUARANTINE / SEQUESTER)
- Lodging receipt (paid by member)
Q: How does this impact PCS moves?
New Accessions: Airmen being accessed into the Regular Air Force are authorized travel in accordance with Basic Military Training and Technical Training Student/Graduate Travel guidelines. Graduates with assignments to Level 3 COVID-19 locations will be diverted. AETC will continue recruiting and accessing Airmen, OTS and ROTC will continue as well as ACSC, AWC, and Advanced Air and Space Studies. Normal PCS entitlements apply; status quo.
Members who have PCS’d to Scott but are on restriction of movement (isolated or quarantined after arrival at the new Permanent Duty Station (PDS) and before TLE begins) may receive the standard PCS Per Diem Rates.
If a member is quarantined upon arrival, the date arrived station for the PCS voucher will be the actual date of arrival. The sign in date to the unit will also be the date of arrival. See TLE section for explanation of entitlements while on restriction of movement.
PCS Placed on Hold--PCS Entitlements: For Service Members who were supposed to PCS and have been ordered to remain in place, have out-processed/have not out processed and shipped HHG and/or terminated their lease, etc., they and dependents may be entitled to the standard PCS Per Diem Rates.
Continued PCS—PCS Entitlements: Personnel who have already initiated CONUS-to-CONUS (to include AK, HI and U.S. territories) travel as well as OCONUS-to-CONUS or CONUS-to-OCONUS travel to Level 2 COVID locations may continue travel so long as there is no travel to a Level 3 COVID location. Concurrent travel to OCONUS COVID-19 Level 2 locations is NOT authorized. In most cases, so long as the Service member and dependents are in an “awaiting transportation” status, standard PCS Per Diem Rates are authorized.
Standard PCS per diem rates are $151 per day: Members receive 100% entitlement, spouses and dependents over 12 years old receive 75% and dependents under 12 years old receive 50%. Members must maintain all lodging receipts in order to receive the full standard per diem allowance.
Members will not be charged PCS leave unless member goes over travel days after stop order is lifted or arriving members go over travel days after restriction of movement is lifted.
PCS Memo in lieu of amendments: Work with 375 FSS (375FSS.Outbound.Assingments@us.af.mil) to amend all PCS orders with the PCS Memo In lieu of amendments for outbound members. Inbound members will contact 375FSS.FORCEMANAGEMENT@us.af.mil. This memo will include details of the members quarantine dates, out-processing date for members held in place, and the date household goods were picked up prior to the stop movement.
Members must also turn in a copy of the waiver that allowed them to PCS during the stop movement.
Q: I started my PCS but was ordered to return back to the duty location or proceed to an alternate location.
TDY Entitlements while in PCS Status: Members are entitled to TDY entitlements if they were ordered to return to their last duty station; unit funded with ESP Code C1. If dependents accompany the member back to their last duty station, then they would be authorized standard PCS entitlements. If a member and dependents have been ordered to return to the old permanent duty station, then the service member will be placed in a TDY status until they return to the PDS.
Upon return to the PDS, members will receive PCS entitlements and both member and dependents will remain in a PCS status. Members will remain in TDY status if they are directed to travel to another PDS location or directed to remain in place. The members unit will fund the TDY order for the member.
PCS Order Amendments: Work with 375 FSS (375FSS.Outbound.Assignments@us.af.mil) to amend all PCS orders to include certain statements that authorized the delay. Also provide FSS with a unit fundcite with ESP Code C1 to pay for the TDY portion of the voucher.
Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) / Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS)
Members will continue to receive BAH from their last duty station while delayed. Dorm Resident Airmen (E4 and below) who have out-processed the dorm, and are delayed from PCS’ing due to the stop movement will receive Transit-rate BAH and BAS.
Also, until rescinded, Non-Essential Messing (ESM) members ordered into lodging for quarantine/isolation are authorized to receive Government-provided meals from the Dining Hall without charge and will continue to receive their BAS entitlements. This entitlement only applies to Non-ESM members who are who are restricted in their movements—for self-monitoring, to protect the health of our personnel and their families, or to assure essential mission function capability, and are housed in Government quarters (unaccompanied or leased) and subsisted through Government-provided meals (from a Government/appropriated fund dining facility or a Government-contracted vendor).
NOTE: Dorm Airmen who are ESM members will not receive full BAS entitlements. This is IAW with the AF/A1 BAS Approval Delegation Memo dated 31 Mar 20, which states: “This does not include authority to initiate BAS for members not already receiving BAS.” However, all members ordered into lodging will be provided free meals from the Dining Hall. See HDP guidance above for other details.
Q: How does restriction of movement affect my TLE entitlement for my most recent PCS?
If upon arrival at the new PDS, a member is ordered into restriction of movement for self-monitoring (and dependents reside with them), the payment of TLE may be deferred until expiration of the self-monitoring period.
If ordered to restriction of movement and members resides separate from dependents, TLE may be paid concurrently to dependents while the member receives per diem allowances during isolation.
In cases where members and/or dependents have been receiving TLE, as applicable, at the old PDS, but are unable to commence PCS travel due to temporary travel restrictions directed by the Secretary of Defense, such members and dependents should be considered to be in an “awaiting transportation” status. Commanders are encouraged to convert members and/or dependents to per diem entitlements in order to preserve members TLE eligibility for future use.
Government Travel Card use and Advance Pay
While members are in a PCS status, all other PCS entitlements apply:
Gov’t Travel Card (GTC): Members can use their GTC to pay for lodging during this stop movement.
If members need their GTC credit limit increased, then they must work with their unit GTC Monitor to submit a GTC Credit Limit Increase Form. The Unit GTC Monitor can increase credit limits to $10K, but if more credit limit is needed, then the Unit GTC Monitor must work with Finance.
Place PCS’ing members GTC Accounts in Mission Critical Status if they have been delayed to PCS to their next PDS due to temporary travel restrictions directed by the Secretary of Defense.
Unit APC’s can place members GTC Accounts in Mission Critical Status if it was not done during the members out-processing and can extend it if the member is awaiting payment of their final settlement voucher.
Dislocation Allowance (DLA) Advance / Military Pay Advance:
DLA Advance: If members have PCS orders, then they may request a DLA Advance from Finance.
Military Pay Advance: If members are within 90 days of PCS’ing, then they may request a military Pay Advance.
It is highly encouraged members only use the DLA and military pay advance for expenses that are related to their PCS. For example, paying off expenses on their government travel card.
Q: How do I order a GTC for an inbound DORM Airmen that will be placed in TLF for quarantine upon arrival?
Due to the possibility of Airmen being placed into Lodging immediately upon arrival, units can start the application process for inbound Airmen who might need a Gov’t Travel Card (GTC) once they arrive. To expedite this process, unit Agency Program Coordinators (APC) are authorized to initiate the Travel Card 101 training using the stand alone slides and the Statement of Understanding (SOU) via conference call. Units should advise their Airmen to use a unit mailing address and to request the card to be expedited.
Using the CITI Commercial Cards Website, applicants will select Apply For Card, and begin the application by selecting invitational pass code. This pass code will be provided by the unit APC. After quarantine or the member has completed their temporary lodging stay (for Temporary Lodging Expense [TLE] purposes), the Travel Card 101 training and SOU must be accomplished in accordance with current policies and procedures..
Attached off to the side under FM guidance
CITIDIRECT Log in
Travel Card 101 Training Slides
GTC Statement of Understanding:
Q: What type of allowances am I authorized being separated from my dependents?
FSA-Restricted may be authorized to members whose dependents either:
Travel to a safe-haven that is not at or near the PDS.
Dependents are not in the area of the PDS and no longer are authorized concurrent Government-funded travel to join the member at the PDS.
Entitlement to FSA-R begins on the date the dependents depart the PDS area or the date Government-funded concurrent travel of dependents is suspended, as applicable.
FSA-R may be paid to members who are separated from their dependents due to suspension of Government-funded concurrent travel of dependents (including suspension of concurrent travel from one CONUS PDS to another CONUS PDS)
Eligibility begins to accrue on the date of the suspension.
FSA is not payable if the members spouse/dependents does reside in the area of the member’s duty location.
FSA-Temporary: FSA-T may be paid to members separated from their dependents as a result of travel being halted at the location of a short-term TDY of less than 30 days (including TDY locations in conjunction with PCS), provided that the length of the period during which a member is held over at the TDY location combined with the period of the originally TDY exceeds 30 consecutive days; entitlement is for the entire combined period.
Amendments to PCS Orders will need to state the circumstance that led to the separation, along with the dates and a DD Form 1561 to receive the allowance.
Members separated from their dependents (or Service member spouses) solely as a result of their leave travel being halted, delayed, or cancelled are not entitled to FSA.
Q: Government-Funded concurrent travel of my dependents has not been authorized for a PCS to another PDS in the U.S, in the U.S.
Commanders may authorize FSH allowance for such members at the new PDS, provided that member otherwise qualifies for the allowance, including that the dependents do not actually reside at or near the new PDS and that Government quarters at the new duty station (to include unaccompanied Government quarters or shipboard quarters) for such member are unavailable.
In such a case, and notwithstanding paragraph 10.c.(4). of Enclosure 3 of DoDI 1315.18, Procedures for Military Personnel Assignments, dated October, 28 2015 (and incorporating Change 3, effective June 24, 2019), members shall be entitled to BAH at the with-dependents rate based on the dependent(s) location or the old PDS (whichever is more equitable), and FSH (paid at the BAH without dependents rate for a member’s pay grade) based on the location of the new PDS.
Orders and amendments will need to be provided and show that dependent travel was not authorized.
Q: Will my unit be reimbursed the costs associated with COVID-19
Units will utilized ESP Code C1 to identify costs associated with COVID-19. Resource Advisors will need to create unit fund cites to include this ESP Code and are advised to move any associated expenses over to these fundcites.
Units will spend their funds first but once the expenses are moved over, 375 CPTS will work with Headquarters to receive reimbursement. There is no guarantee for reimbursement, but showing the costs in the accounting system will help better the chances.
For military pay and travel pay, please contact 375.AMW.FINANCE@us.af.mil. For DTS, please contact Scott.DTS.Helpline@us.af.mil. For Civilian Pay, please contact 375CPTS.FMF.CivillanPay@us.af.mil. If sending an encrypted email, please utilize DOD SAFE https://safe.apps.mil/ and add the applicable org box to receive the attachment. The passphrase will need to be sent in a follow up email for access to the DOD safe attachment.
The Civilian Personnel Office is physically closed until further notice. Civilian personnel questions/issues can be sent to one of the following email org-inboxes. For Staffing issues: Scottstaffing@us.af.mil or for EMR-Labor issues: 375FSS.FSCA.EMR@us.af.mil. Specialists check the email org-boxes daily for critical issues. A specialist will respond as soon as possible. However, connectivity issues may arise that could delay a response to your question/issue.
Employees will fall into three primary categories
Mission Critical(non-telework or telework capable): Employees whose job functions identified as critical to performance of the mission (i.e., continue operations, job functions that cannot cease during a public health emergency). Employee must continue to work, where and as directed.
Employees approved for regular and situational telework: Non-mission critical employees who are not able to report to their assigned office location due to office closure or dismissal, shall telework each regularly scheduled work day during the emergency situation or request leave as appropriate. Supervisors may administratively excuse designated teleworkers from teleworking on a case-by-case basis.
Administrative Leave (sub-code Weather and Safety Leave): Employees prevented from safely traveling to or performing work at an approved location. Employees not in one of the other two categories will be put under this category. Employees should complete their time cards in ATAAPS showing the right code before they go home. Employees on admin leave should remain available and ready to work, as needed.
Timecard and Telework info: It is the responsibility of the employee’s Certifier to certify timecards in ATAAPS. This ensures employees are paid accurately and on-time. The local Finance Office DOES NOT have the capability to Certify timecards for other units in ATAAPS.
ATAAPS can be accessed on any CAC enabled computer on commercial internet without being logged into VPN.
Typically, employees Concur their timecards before its Certified. However, if an employee is unavailable, then the unit Timekeeper can enter the employees time into ATAAPS on their behalf before the end of the pay period. The employee’s Certifier will then certify their employee’s timecard once the Timekeeper has completed all actions. Please work with your unit Timekeeper and Certifier to ensure your timecard is correct to ensure it will be certified before the end of a pay period.
Timecards should be coded as regular hours, then add subcode HZ/Oth and select TS for telework situational.
Timecards should be coded as LN for admin leave, then add HZ Other and select PS for weather and safety leave.
Q: How do I out-process if I am retiring or resigning?
A: With government furnished equipment– Employees will need to come in and out-process through their organization. Their leadership chain will keep their appraisals and CAC card and provide to Civilian Personnel once the health emergency has ended.
With no government furnished equipment - Employees will need to contact their supervisor via telephone to virtually out-process. They must also mail their CAC card to 375 FSS/FSCA, 215 Heritage Dr. Room 101, Scott AFB 62225.
Q: What options are available for DoD civilian employees, if schools and child care facilities that their children attend are closed but the employees are teleworking?
A: An Air Force waiver approved through Dec. 31, 2020, authorizes employees to perform telework during an emergency with children or other persons requiring care or supervision present at home. Employees must still account for work and non-work hours during his or her tour of duty and take appropriate leave (paid or unpaid) to account for time spent away from normal work-related duties (e.g., to care for a child or dependent). Supervisors may authorize alternative work schedules (compressed or flexible work schedules) that provide for flexible work days and/or work hours.
Q: Can a supervisor change my status of admin leave to mission critical or vice versa (Civilian employees only)?
A: Yes, as the health emergency is evolving, there may be new/changing mission critical tasks. Your supervisor will inform you of any changes. Civilian employees on admin leave should remain available and ready to work, as needed.
Q: Can an organization implement shift work? If so, what are the pay implications?
A: Yes, organization may initiate a change in work schedule to allow its workforce to work shifts as a means to mitigate community transmission of COVID-19. In doing so, leadership needs to evaluate entitlements for premium pay (e.g. night pay), scheduled and unscheduled overtime, and other compensation requirements. A change to shift work will also need to be adjusted in ATAAPS.
Q: Can mission critical civilian employees request leave?
A: Yes, mission critical civilian employees can request leave. Leave approval is subject to needs of the organization. Leave may not be denied solely because an employee is projecting to travel outside of the local commuting area. Leave approved is charged in the appropriate leave category (i.e. sick, credit, annual, etc.); it is not administrative leave.
Q: Can civilian employees take sick leave if they are asymptomatic?
A: No. Civilian employees may only take sick leave when they are ill or to care for a family member as prescribed under the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) sick leave regulations.
Q: How will the Child Development Center and Youth Center be affected?
A: Effective Monday, June 1, the Child Development Center and Youth Center’s School Age Program will re-open to accept currently enrolled children of mission critical personnel who are physically required to go to work (not teleworking). Hours of operation will remain the same, 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. CDC care will be provided in CDC Bldg 1807 regardless of which CDC your child is currently enrolled.
If you are currently enrolled and are not Mission Critical presenting for duty, you will not lose your CDC spot and will not be charged for the duration of time you are not dropping off your child. Similarly, you will not be charged for previously registered Youth Center Summer Camp weeks that you will not use.If you are not currently enrolled and need child care, please register your child on our waiting list at militarychildcare.com. You can also request assistance in finding child care by contacting the Community Child Care Coordinator in our Family Child Care office at (618) 256-8047.
COVID-19 Cyber Hygiene
As we move to teleworking, be aware that cyber adversaries are very active. Please continue to exercise proper cyber hygiene while utilizing VPN and government computers as well as personal devices. See attached document for helpful reminders on maintaining proper cybersecurity for those members who are currently teleworking or may go on teleworking status in the future.
Be cautious when researching COVID-19 and be cognizant of adversary cyber campaigns against service members and family members both at work and home. Realize that the adversary is not minimally staffed during this period. In fact, threat actors are taking advantage of the current situation. As of March 8th, there were at least 800 COVID-19 malicious domains registered (https://go.recordedfuture.com/hubfs/reports/cta-2020-0312-2.pdf). Below are reports of adversaries leveraging COVID-19 for cyber operations.
1) Malicious Websites:
Fake Online Coronavirus Map Delivers Well-known Malware | Source: Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center (HC3)
A malicious website pretending to be the live map for Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins University is circulating on the Internet waiting for unsuspecting users to visit the website. Visiting the website infects the user with the AZORult Trojan, an information stealing program which can exfiltrate a variety of sensitive data. It is likely being spread via infected email attachments, malicious online advertisements, and social engineering. Furthermore, anyone searching the Internet for a Coronavirus map could unwittingly navigate to this malicious website.
2) Phishing Campaigns:
World Health Organization Warns of Coronavirus Phishing Attacks (https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/world-health-organization-warns-of-coronavirus-phishing-attacks/) | Source: Bleeping Computer
The World Health Organization (WHO) warns of ongoing Coronavirus-themed phishing attacks that impersonate the organization with the end goal of stealing information and delivering malware. "Criminals are disguising themselves as WHO to steal money or sensitive information," the United Nations agency says in the Coronavirus scam alert. The phishing messages are camouflaged to appear as being sent by WHO officials and ask the targets to share sensitive info like usernames and passwords, redirect them to a phishing landing page via malicious links embedded in the emails, or ask them to open malicious attachments containing malware payloads.
3) Misinformation Campaigns:
Internet's largest social networks issue joint statement on COVID-19 misinformation (https://www.zdnet.com/article/internets-largest-social-networks-issue-joint-statement-on-covid-19/) | Source: ZDNET
In their joint statement today, seven social networks are now coordinating with government healthcare agencies across the world on tackling COVID-19-related misinformation. “We're helping millions of people stay connected while also jointly combating fraud and misinformation about the virus, elevating authoritative content on our platforms, and sharing critical updates in coordination with government healthcare agencies around the world," the companies said. For example, despite being blatantly false and prior to official news, a rumor spread President Trump was preparing to lock down the US went viral on various social networks leading to many Americans prepping and stocking up for a prolonged quarantine stay.
4) Some Trusted Sources:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
USAF COVID-19 Information Page: https://www.af.mil/News/Coronavirus-Disease-2019/
World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/
Do's and Dont's for teleworking
Who is considered a "close contact" of someone with COVID-19?
For COVID-19, a close contact is defined as anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 48 hours before the person began feeling sick until the time the patient was isolated.
What if I am a "close contact" who needs to quarantine, and I reside with a high risk individual?
If you have been identified as a close contact to someone with COVID-19 and are being asked to quarantine, this means that you are at risk of developing COVID-19. If you develop COVID-19 illness and live with a high risk individual, the risk of passing the infection to them increases. So depending upon the specific situation, temporarily removing the high risk individual or the contact in quarantine from the home may be a wise precaution. If this is not possible, Public Health or your Provider can give you specific recommendations for preventing spread.
What do I do if I meet the requirements of coming in contact with a "close contact"?
This question is brought up most often by family members, or roommates of individuals placed in quarantine. As long as the contact remains asymptomatic for the 14-day quarantine period, family members or roommates are not required to quarantine. They are considered contacts of a contact and have no risk of infection by COVID-19 via the original case ... BUT if the contact develops COVID-19 as a result of their exposure to the original case, a new set of close contacts will be identified by Public Health which will include any household contacts. Family members or close household contacts should quarantine immediately and self-monitor for symptoms of COVID 19.
Am I still considered a close contact if I am wearing a face covering?
Yes, you are still considered a "close contact" even if you were wearing a cloth face covering while you were around someone with COVID-19. Cloth face coverings are meant to prevent someone from transmitting the disease to others, and not to protect someone from becoming infected.
If you have MEDICAL questions or feel ill, please call the 256-WELL appointment line.
Official function attendee capacity will be driven by unit commanders and facility owners. Leaders should set conservative attendance limits and implement strict social distancing measures. Units should continue to maximize every opportunity to host virtual meetings/telecons.
Work Centers: Commander’s and supervisors will assess their units and their ability to return to work while maximizing telework options. High Risk personnel will continue to shelter in place or telework. Continue physical distancing restrictions within work areas and common areas. Units should clean high contact surfaces frequently with an EPA registered disinfectant.
DoD travel restrictions:
The following actions are being taken by Scott AFB in response to DoD-directed travel guidance regarding COVID-19:
MILITARY MEMBERS: Official leave, normal off-duty time or pass allowances for military members will be restricted to a 350 mile radius of their residence in accordance with the Team Scott Local Leave Memo. For questions on PCS, TDYs, leave, and concurrent travel, please refer to our Travel Guide and PCS Entitlements FAQ.
CIVILIANS: For Civilian-specific guidance, to include movement, recruiting actions, telework, leave, and duty status, refer to https://mypers.af.mil/app/answers/detail/a_id/46583.
NAF EMPLOYEES: For Non-Appropriated Funds (NAF) employee inquiries please submit through myPers via https://mypers.af.mil/app/categories/c/3204/p/2569 so the team can capture inquires and responses. For Air National Guard specific guidance, contact the ANG Command Center at DSN: 612-6001 or commercial (240) 612-6001.
FAMILY MEMBERS: Travel for family members is not prohibited by this restriction; however, travel outside the local area is highly discouraged.
EXCEPTIONS TO THE POLICY: Exceptions will be limited and granted on a case by case basis. Exceptions can be made by the first GO in chain if the travel is 1) determined to be mission essential; 2) necessary for humanitarian reasons; or 3) warranted due to extreme hardship.
Q: How do I access the Virtual Private Network if I’m teleworking?
A: If you have any questions, contact the Scott Cyber Operations Center at (618)256-2666, option 4.
The 375th AMW Legal Office will now provide legal assistance via email. In effort of exercising social distancing, we will receive all legal assistance questions through our org box: firstname.lastname@example.org. All customers will need to send an email with the words “Legal Assistance” in the subject line. The email will include your question(s), DOD I.D. number, and a good contact number. Once eligibility is confirmed, your information will be forwarded to an attorney who will contact you for your consultation. Please note that should you need another consultation after your initial inquiry has concluded, you will be required to resubmit a new email requesting for another appointment. For any further questions on this new process, please contact the legal office at (618)-256-3542 or DSN: 256-3542.
As a reminder, as federal employees we are required to uphold the same ethical principles regardless of whether we serve on duty in our homes or in the workplace. I have addressed a variety of common ethics issues below, which follow a question and answer format.
(1) The gift rules still, apply.
Outside Source Gifts:
During times of crisis, we often see an outpouring of generosity, but remember, gifts provided to us from outside sources still come with restrictions.
May I accept a gift from an outside source?
It depends. The most common rule is the $20/$50 rule. Remember - We are restricted from accepting any gift over $20 from one source at each event, and we must limit all gifts to $50 TOTAL from each source for the year. For example, a source could give me a gift worth $20 at one event, $10 at another event, and then I can only accept another $20 gift for the year from that same source.
Exceptions - gifts given to the federal government community as a whole, all servicemembers, etc, fall under an exception and will not require you to meet the $20/$50 rule. So, if you see a sign for "free toilet paper for ALL servicemembers" - you're okay accepting that deal!
Gifts Between Employees:
We also tend to want to provide gifts to each other during this time; including utilizing crowdsourcing sites like "go fund me" to help out those members in need.
May I accept a gift from my colleague or supervisor?
It depends. Here is a reminder about the general rules for gifts between employees:
Gifts given to superiors cannot exceed $10. Superiors include all higher paid employees, not just supervisors in the employee’s chain of command. Therefore, if you are collecting donations from individuals, a good rule of thumb is to limit the collection to a $10 donation and should be collected outside by an individual without supervisory authority.
Crowdsourcing Rules: *These rules are complex, so if you or someone you know plans to conduct crowdsourcing, reach out to your ethics counselor, FIRST!
May I, or may someone on my behalf, start a crowdsourcing campaign to raise funds because I am in non-pay status?
Generally, no. An employee (or a person acting on the employee’s behalf, such as a spouse) may not solicit a gift based on the employee’s federal employment. Therefore, an employee’s agency, title, or status as a federal employee should not be used in any such solicitation. Additionally, employees cannot generally accept gifts from prohibited sources. Therefore, an employee would need to be able to identify and reject such prohibited donations. An employee could accept donations from the employee’s friends or relatives when it is clear that any donations accepted are based on that friendship or family relationship.
May I accept assistance from a crowdsourcing campaign designed to provide assistance to federal employees in non-pay status?
It depends. Such offers of assistance may be accepted if (1) the assistance is offered to a broad class of government employees that does not discriminate based on responsibility, rank, or rate of pay (such as all furloughed federal employees) and (2) the campaign organizer is not a prohibited source.
(2) Government time is for government work.
While procedures for child care, etc, have been relaxed during this time, it's important to remember the ethical principles behind using government work for government time, and ensure we remain cognizant of the time we are working versus the time we are taking care of child care responsibilities. Communication with supervisors is key, and we encourage keeping an open line of communication during this time. Remember, substantial time away to care for children should still be accounted for as leave or use of flexible scheduling should be discussed with your supervisor.
(3) The Hatch Act rules apply even when you're teleworking.
Remember, while on duty, you may not engage in political activity. This includes, - tweeting, liking, sharing posts on social media, or donating to a campaign. It also includes the attire you choose to wear when you're teleworking; yes, even though no one will see you. So, put down the campaign socks, and opt for some plain white socks, instead. Please see attached guidance on political activities and the Hatch Act.
Recently, the Office of Special Counsel hosted a webinar and relayed a recent violation that resonates with this issue. A supervisor picked up her phone after receiving an email from a campaign asking for donations. She replied, "yes, I'll donate." And, almost instantaneously as she hit "send," she realized she was in a duty status. This is a violation of the Hatch Act for engaging in political activity while on duty (regardless of whether she was in her home rather than her workplace). She self-reported the issue, acknowledging her mistake, and OSC found that the employee's self-reporting along with her acknowledgement of the issues remedied the situation and mitigated future violations. No further action was taken in this case by OSC.
As always, your friendly neighborhood ethics counselors stand by ready to assist with any questions you may have (hypothetical or real) on these or other ethics principles. Please feel free to reach out to our office using our org box email at email@example.com.
Single point of entry: The Medical Clinic will have only 1 entry control point [the main rotating doors]. Staff members will be doing precautionary screenings for all before entering the facility, so please arrive 20-30 minutes prior to scheduled appointments.
Q: What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
A: Symptoms include a fever (exceeding 100.4), cough, and difficulty breathing. Not everyone who has respiratory symptoms like cough and shortness of breath needs to be tested. Similarly, not everyone who is infected with novel coronavirus needs medical treatment. We want to make sure those at higher risk of severe illness are prioritized for testing and that they can receive the medical care they need. We ask those who have mild symptoms to stay home so the health care system is not overwhelmed.
Q: What do I do if I have symptoms of COVID-19?
A: Contact your supervisor and advise them as well as call ahead to our wellness line at (618)256-9355. This allows our health professionals to prevent the spread of the disease and leadership to assess mission impact. Not everyone who is infected with novel coronavirus needs medical treatment. We want to make sure those at higher risk of severe illness are prioritized for testing and that they can receive the medical care they need. We ask those who have mild symptoms to stay home so the health care system is not overwhelmed. Older adults and any individuals who have severe underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised should contact their healthcare provider early, even if their symptoms seem mild.
Q: What do I do if I'm put in ROM?
A: ROM Guidance: Use risk-based analysis and follow procedures outlined in 15 Jun 2020, 375 MDG memo, for inbound personnel. Units should contact 375th Medical Group public Health with any questions. Should members develop symptoms during ROM, contact 618-256-WELL.
Q: What if I have general questions about COVID-19?
A: Call our Public Health office at (618)256-5653 or the Nurse Advice Line at 1-800-TRICARE. Local COVID-19 concerns can be routed to the 375th Air Mobility Wing Emergency Operations Center at 618-256-4506. You may also visit https://www.af.mil/News/Coronavirus-Disease-2019/ to learn more.
Q: Is the pharmacy still open?
A: The Scott AFB Clinic Pharmacy is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the following guidelines:
To minimize lobby occupancy and exposure, all patients without an appointment in the Medical Group will be required to call the pharmacy or use TRICARE online to activate their prescriptions.
Paper prescriptions may be left in the drop box outside the facility for next day pickup.
Patients should call (618) 256-7345, Options 2,1,2 to reach the pharmacy, and TRICARE online instructions are below.
Call-in refills are still available for pick up at the Satellite Pharmacy.
Additionally, patients may also set up their prescriptions with Express Scripts for home delivery.
--The main pharmacy is open for completed prescription pick up only.
--No prescription drop-off or in-person activation, except for patients with an appointment in the Medical Clinic.
--There is a 24-hour turn-around time for new prescriptions. You must activate your prescription online or by phone.
--If your doctor gives you a paper prescription, ask them to electronically prescribe it to “DOD Scott Ephcy” (Note: controlled substances cannot be electronically prescribed)
--If you have a paper prescription, use the drop box outside the facility for next day pickup.
--There is a 72-hour turn-around time for refill prescriptions
--There are modified hours for refill pick up: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. only.
Q: Is the Scott AFB Clinic open?
A: In response to the Governor’s Stop Movement/Shelter In Place order, the Medical Clinic will restrict routine care. If you have an existing routine appointment, the Clinic will be reaching out to you with instructions regarding rescheduling
The clinic is OPEN. However, for your safety and safety of others, the 375th Medical Group is limiting the amount of traffic within the clinic.
You may be asked to attend your appointment virtually.
If you think you no longer require your appointment, please call the appointment line at (618) 256-WELL (9355).
Please continue to follow strict hand hygiene, do not shake hands with others, and practice social distancing.
If you become symptomatic, remain at home and contact your Provider Team via Secure Messaging or call the Nurse Advice Line at 1-800-TRICARE (874-2273), option 1.
Q: Is the 375 MDG Mental Health Clinic open?
A: Yes. In an effort to balance routine care with patient safety, the Mental Health Clinic will be providing most services via telephone. If you have a scheduled appointment with the Mental Health, ADAPT or Family Advocacy Clinics, most appointments will not be changed and a Mental Health Provider will contact you on your primary home phone number, listed in your medical record.
For all appointments that require an in-person visit, or for specialty evaluations that are currently not being offered, the Mental Health Staff will contact you to discuss those details. This will be in effect until further notice. If you need to change your primary contact phone number or have any additional questions please contact the Mental Health front desk at 618-256-7386. The Mental Health Flight is committed to continue providing all Active Duty Members with the highest quality care we can in these difficult times.
We thank you for your patience and understanding during this transition period.
In accordance with the latest Defense Manpower Data Center guidance, the Military Personnel Flight will reduce face-to-face appointments to Military/Civilian CAC expirations and CAC pin resets. These appointments will be scheduled based upon priority and date of expiration.
Dependent/Retired ID card appointments will not be scheduled until further notice.
All expired retired/dependent ID cards will be honored DoD-wide until Sept. 30, 2020 per DEERs guidance.
Further, TRICARE will accept claims regardless of the expiration date on the card. TRICARE coverage periods are based upon the date of separation in DEERS, which means a lapse in coverage should not occur.
All other items to include Force Management/Career Development functions will be addressed case by case. Please call (618) 334-4874 or email 375FSS.FSMPS@us.af.mil to schedule an appointment or inquire about individual personnel functions. Normal hours of operation (7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Mon-Friday apply. Click HERE for the ID CARD PDF.
Q: How does this impact deployments?
A: Airmen – military and civilian – who are tasked to deploy will continue preparing for their respective deployment; preparation includes all pre-deployment activities such as processing and training, and applies to all operating forces, including voluntarily and involuntarily activated Reserve Component members. For more, see: www.afpc.af.mil/Home/Coronavirus/
Q: What about my HHG pickup?
A: As of 2 April the following guidance applies to all HHGs moves:
USN/USCG: no current restrictions.
USA/USAF/USMC: Military and civilian PCS moves are at an All Stop until 11 May 2020, IAW SECDEF’s Stop Movement Order, dated 13 March 2020. Stop Movement of all international travel is in effect until 24 May 2020, IAW SECDEF’s MOD 01 TO REVISION 01, dated 24 Mar 2020.
For members affected by the Stop Movement, there are some exceptions that might allow for movement (primarily, a GO endorsed movement request).
Each branch has different requirements for local hardships, and temporary measures may be approved by squadron commander, (equivalent) that may allow partial movement options for a member’s HHGs only.
The Personal Property Processing Office (PPPO) is currently processing shipment requests virtually for moves outside the Stop Movement windows. When submitting your move request please provide a pick up/pack date after 15 May for CONUS shipments and for OCONUS shipments after 24 May 2020; per USTRANSCOM PP Advisory #20-0058C dated 27 Mar 2020.
Questions or concerns about the above info may be addressed to the 375 LRS PPPO team at 375LRS.SCOTTAFB.PersonalProperty@us.af.mil or visit move.mil for more information.
If you experience these symptoms, DO NOT COME TO THE CLINIC. Call the Nurse Advice Line immediately at (800) 874-2273, or the SAFB Med Clinic at 618-256-9355 (Option 1, 1, 1). For general questions about COVID, visit www.cdc.gov/coronovirus/ for more information or Team Scott's Public Heath office if it pertains to military/installation issues.
- Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer
- Don't touch your face
- Cover your cough with a tissue or your elbow
- Stay home if you are sick
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Or at least two of these symptoms:
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
375th MDG Mental Health Tips
Tips For Social Distancing, Quarantine, And Isolation During An Infectious Disease Outbreak
375th Mental Health office COVID-19 advice
Electronic fact sheets/guidance
Managing Stress and Anxiety (includes a portion for medics)
Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease
Mental Health Considerations during COVID-19 Outbreak, by the WHO, (includes a portion for medics)
COVID Mental Health Tips
MFLC Resources: Telephonic/Video and Face to Face Counseling Sessions are now available from local Adult and Child & Youth Military Family Life Counselors (MFLCs) for all uniformed personnel and their family members. Appointments are scheduled directly with MFLCs.
SCOTT AFB ADULT AND CHILD & YOUTH MILITARY FAMILY LIFE COUNSELORS (MFLCs)
ASSIGNED AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY
Child Development Center
Adult Military Family Life Counselor
Mental health resources: The following are resources for supervisors as you focus on the well-being of your teams. Due to COVID situation, Mental Health is not able to provide routine care, but have several resources you can turn to:
For non-crisis care:
• Military OneSource: 1-800-342-9647 for family members
• If you are Active Duty, GS employee, or CTR who continues to report for duty and need focused assistance related to current stressors, please call us at 618-256-7386 during duty hours (0700-1630)
For crisis care:
• Call 911 or go to the ER/ED at a local hospital
• National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24/7): 1-800-273-8255
• Active Duty please contact the Mental Health Clinic at 256-7386 during duty hours
(7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
375th SFS Visitors Center
618-334-4874 or Click here
Family Child Care Homes
618-256-7345 Option 2, 1, 2
Public Health COVID19
Air Force guidance
Coronavirus.gov Site Link
Coronavirus Disease 2019
State of Missouri Website
State of Illinois Website
TEAM SCOTT MEMORANDUMS
HPCON-B Gathering Memo - NEW
ROM Memo for Team Scott - Aug. 2020
Leave Outside of Local Area Memo - NEW
Public Health Emergency Declaration
Traffic Management Advisory - 20 March 2020
Mission Command Guidance - 30 March 2020
ID Card Services
Commissary/BX Updates - Memo 10 April 2020
CAC and USID Official Guidance
HHG Shipment Memo
Finance Entitlements Matrix
375th CPTS website
JTR Revisions for Per Diem
Hardship Duty Pay
Meals without Charge Memo
BAS Approval Delegation Memo
BAS Under Quarantine Accounting Steps
Housing Guidelines for Isolation of Personnel
GTC Credit Limit Increase Form
HDP-ROM Memo Template
AMC Travel Waiver - Deployment/Pre-deployment training ETP
18 AF Travel Waiver - Humanitarian/Hardship PCS or Leave ETP
18 AF Travel Waiver - Mission Essential PCS or Travel ETP
Quarters & ROM Guidance
Basic Medical Recommendations
Flu vs Allergies vs COVID
HPCON Levels Explained
Isolation vs Quarantine vs Sequester Explained
Return to Work Guidance
Telework Fact Sheet
Tips for Leaders Managing Remote Staff
DoD Teleworking Capabilities
us.af.mil SMIME Link How To
Managing Remote Teams Tips
Telework Guidance for Civilian Personnel
Civilian Supervisor Guidance
FAQ for Civilian Personnel PDF
Civilian Personnel Mission Critical Clarification
Civilian Back to Work FAQs - NEW
Civilian Work Addendum - NEW