Semi-Monthly Pay Cycle Project

A Message from Dr. Chris Cheeseman
Vice-Provost and Associate Vice President, Human Resource Services

I would like to take this opportunity to announce the launch of the Service Excellence and Efficiency Initiative.  This is a multi-phased program designed to improve the services, processes and systems Human Resource Services offers for all university stakeholders.

The first phase of the initiative is the introduction of a semi-monthly pay cycle for all NASA staff, graduate students, excluded students and postdoctoral fellows beginning July 1, 2012.  Moving to a semi-monthly pay cycle will result in streamlined, simplified and standardized payroll processes leading to improved service to staff and increased efficiency.

The semi-monthly pay cycle will consolidate the current monthly and biweekly pay cycles into a combined pay cycle featuring two pay periods per month. With this change, pay dates will be moving to approximately 10 days after each pay period end date. If the 10th or 25th should fall on a weekend or non-banking day, the pay date will be moved to the prior banking day. For example, payment for the 1st to the 15th of the month will be paid on the 25th, payment for the 16th to the last day of the month will be paid on the 10th of the next month.

A one-time cash advance will be available to eligible salaried staff, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students to help adjust to the new pay cycle.  The advance will be available upon request and would be repaid over a period of up to 24 pay periods. Full details of the salary advance program are available on this site.

Making the decision to change pay cycles did not come without careful consideration on how to minimize the effect on University staff, postdoctoral fellows and students. Your patience and cooperation with this process change is greatly appreciated.

We will be communicating the details of the change over the next few months to help fully inform stakeholders and I am committed to keeping you updated on this initiative.  I encourage you to use this website to access the most current project information and to help address any questions you may have.

Thank you,

Dr. Chris Cheeseman,
Vice-Provost & Associate Vice President Human Resource Services



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The Cash Advance Option Form is no longer available as of June 1, 2012. 


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