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Frequently Asked Paperless Pay Questions

1. What is the Paperless Pay Initiative? 
Paperless Pay is a program created in response to Central Payroll Bureau (CPB) mandates on the distribution of paper paychecks and direct deposit pay advices. CPB has stopped its distribution of paper pay stubs and is charging FSU for the distribution of paper pay checks. As a result, and in order to reduce paper waste and decrease the costs associated with mailing pay checks, FSU is requiring all employees to sign up for direct deposit.  It is strongly recommended that each employee register to use the Payroll Online Service Center (POSC). Registering for the POSC will enable employees to view their pay stub information online since they will not be receiving it in the mail.

2. What is the Payroll Online Service Center?
POSC, or the Payroll Online Service Center, is a secured access Web site that was created by the state of Maryland’s Central Payroll Bureau in June 2005. The site allows employees to view an electronic version of their pay stub, W-2 form and other payroll-related information.

3. What are the benefits of POSC?
POSC allows you to:

  • View pay stub data the Monday before each pay day
  • View 12 rolling months of pay stub history
  • Retrieve/print W-2 information
  • Make changes to your W-4 withholding, and update your home address

4. How do I create a sign-in for POSC?
To complete the sign up process and establish a login ID and password, you will be required to supply the following information:

  • Social Security Number
  • Date of Birth
  • Agency Number (Frostburg’s agency number is 360226)
  • Check/Advice Number (located at the top right of your most recent pay advice or  paycheck)

Once you have this information available, go to to signup.

5. Where do I find my check/advice number needed to enroll in the POSC?
It is printed on the top right of your most recent check stub/direct deposit advice. If you do not have access to this document, contact Payroll & Employee Services at 301-687-4332.

6. I’m still receiving a hard copy pay check. How do I enroll in direct deposit?
Follow the steps below to enroll in direct deposit:

7. How does direct deposit work?
On paydays, your net pay is deposited into your designated checking account by electronic fund transfer based on information provided by the Central Payroll Bureau (CPB) to your bank through the State Treasurer’s Office. Additional information on CPB’s direct deposit is available here

8. When will I receive my first direct deposit?
It may take up to two pay periods for direct deposit of your net pay to begin. You will still receive a pay check in the mail for the first pay period after you submit your application form. During this pay period, Central Payroll Bureau conducts a test with your bank to verify that the banking information that you provided is properly recognized.

9. Who do I contact to receive more information or for help using the POSC?
Contact Payroll & Employee Services at 301-687-4332.