The portal's web address (URL) is https://ep.direct-access.us.
Like Direct-Access, the portal is accessible from any computer with an internet connection.
With the implementation of the portal we are running two versions of PeopleSoft (8.0 & 9.1). Version 8.0 is no longer supported and we are in the process of migrating Coast Guard applications and data to version 9.1. The portal ties both of these versions together. However, there has been some confusion. Many users have contacted us about their worklist. They receive system generated e-mails informing them of a new entry on their worklist, but when they access the system the worklist is blank. This is because the application that generated the worklist entry is a version 8.0 application (Employee Review, Reserve Orders, Reserve IDT Drills, Employee Entitlements are all examples of version 8.0 applications) but the user has accessed the version 9.1 worklist. Please be sure you are accessing the version 8.0 worklist by using the "Direct Access Worklist" link in the "Common Links" box, which appears just above the Enterprise Menu on the portal home page. There are more links to the 8.0 worklist available as illustrated in the graphic below.
PPC is aware of time out issues within MyPortalDirect and the Forgot my password option. If you continue to have timeout issues for Direct Access (DA) transactions, please use the "Direct Access Content" link under the Enterprise menu. For Forgot my Password issues, please submit a help ticket from the PPC Customer Care web page with a description of the step you are taking, and the text of the error received so we can investigate further.
The following video-demos and quick reference guides demonstrate just how easy it is to get around in the new portal:
The ability to have reports delivered via email will soon be removed from the Direct Access system. This change is necessary to prevent personally identifiable information (PII) from being sent to non-government email accounts. If you are a user of any of the following reports you should familiarize yourself with Using the Process Scheduler Web Option to view, print, or save your reports.
It seems like only yesterday that we went live with our web-based HR system. It was called the Guard Human Resources Management System (CGHRMS). That was 31 July 2001. In e-Mail ALPERSRU message P/01 we said:
"CGHRMS is being upgraded to the latest version of PeopleSoft Human Resources Management software. It is a thin client, HTML-based application. All functions are accessed over the intranet (CGWEB) using a web browser. No software, beyond the Coast Guard Standard Workstation bundle, is required to be installed on the client computer. Self-Service, PERSRU and Unit applications all use the same interface."
Not long after the implementation we started calling the system Direct Access, but not much else about the look and feel of the system has changed. Nine years is a long, long time for a computer interface to go without improvement. Oracle (the vendor for our PeopleSoft HR system) has made significant progress in improving the product's usability. They've introduced a new interface that's friendlier and easier to navigate. Our first step in upgrading Direct Access to the current version of PeopleSoft is to implement the PeopleSoft Enterprise Portal.
The Direct Access user interface will be updated late next month with the implementation of the PeopleSoft Enterprise Portal.
Self-Service and Command users will have one-click access to the applications they use most frequently.
Assignment Officers, users at Servicing Personnel Offices and others with more than Self-Service or Command access will find the old Direct Access cascading style menus have been replaced with the new Enterprise Menu.