Federal Daily News
DFAS myPay upgrade to include tighter security measures
The Defense Finance and Accounting Service is informing its payroll customers that a new, more secure myPay system update will be phased in over five months, beginning May 11.
The revision will require users to change passwords every 60 days, and use stronger 15- to 30-character passwords. DFAS plans to send email alerts 10 days before expiration of a user’s password. Users who log into myPay using DOD computer access cards or a similarly encrypted federal ID card will not need to enter a password to log in, DFAS said.
DFAS said it is making the change to bolster security in compliance with current Defense Department guidelines. The agency said it expects it will take four months before all users have updated their passwords.
DFAS expects the system to be unavailable for several hours May 11, and advises users to access the system on May 10 or after May 11 to avoid any inconvenience while the new release is put online.
"The latest release will affect all 4.5 million established myPay account holders," said Dave McDermott, DFAS deputy director for operations. "New and more stringent password requirements may seem bothersome to some of our users, but in a world of identity theft and online criminal threats, it is the password requirements that safeguards your money, your identity and your well being."