DAF streamlines appeals process

New portal created for reasonable religious accommodation requests appeals

By Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs on May 18, 2023

ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) - To streamline the civilian reasonable accommodation, military religious accommodation, and all accommodation appeals processes, the Department of the Air Force has created the DAF Accommodation Portal.

Airmen, guardians and civilians, as appropriate, are now able to apply for any of these options with the DAF-AP active on May 15. The portal centralizes and facilitates processes, simplifying the tracking and review of accommodations requests and appeals.

The DAF-AP has been in development since September 2022, when Jan Baltrusaitis, chief of the DAF COVID-19 Task Force, identified the need for a "one-stop shop" for airmen and guardians to navigate their requests more easily.

"A number of accommodation processes were fragmented and difficult for service members and approving officials to navigate without a standardized and transparent system of record," Baltrusaitis said. "The service has seen an exponential increase in religious accommodation requests, and the portal offers a systemic automated solution to ensure our service members and civilians are assisted in the most expeditious manner going forward."

With no additional cost to the service, the DAF COVID-19 Task Force created a consolidated portal for all accommodation requests using existing data platforms, available resources, and talent. Now active, the automated system will manage the current manual flow of requests between the applicants and their respective processing organizations. Additionally, it digitally notifies members at each step, including the appeals process and final decision, ensuring transparency of the entire process.