BAH recertification update

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  • By Brian Shreve
  • Robins Public Affairs
The effort to recertify those Airmen and their families receiving Basic Allowances for Housing is still in effect and on track at Robins with nearly a 45 percent completion rate thus far.

As of Monday 1,343 BAH recipients had been recertified out of nearly 3,000 who needed to still do so, according to Jeffrey McClain, 78th Comptroller Squadron Financial Management chief.

"We're doing well only two months into the process, to be almost halfway complete," he said. "But we can't emphasize enough the importance of getting this done, that everyone affected by this initiative get in here and recertify."

Airmen may visit the FSO offices to recertify or Bldg. 905 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each Monday.

Certifiers from the 78th CSFSO visited each unit in March in order to ease office foot traffic and parking woes, as well as make the process easier for BAH Airmen, thus marking the first time recertification has been carried out en masse.

McClain said FSO is currently working with first sergeants to plan a second visit to the units in the hopes of recertifying the remaining individuals.

This one-time recertification concerns the with-dependent rate entitlement of BAH, which includes military members married to civilian spouses and any children or parents claimed as dependents.

The goal is to have all Airmen and their families who are affected to be recertified by September, McClain said.

Next month, those whose documents still haven't been recertified will be notified via email and required to deliver the paperwork to the FSO within 30 days.

Recipients who fail to respond within that time period will have their BAH reduced to a single, without-dependent rate, which would be restarted based on the date they recertify, said McClain.

"We certainly don't want to have to reduce anyone's BAH unnecessarily," he said. "But it's important that they have to get over here and recertify."