eGov/Mil Newsletter: February 12, 2015

February 12, 2015

In this Issue:

  • New 2015 DP3 Rate Filing Schedule Released
  • SDDC Personal Property Releases Message Regarding Port Congestion
  • IAM Staff Attend AMSA Military Summit
  • Odierno: Sequestration Threatens Army Readiness
  • Shippers plan four-day partial shutdown of U.S. West Coast ports
  • Top Official says West Coast Ports ‘On the Brink of Collapse’
  • Transcom Gives Car Shipper Extension on Corrective Action Plan
  • GSA CHAMPS Supplemental Rate Filing Window Opens
  • DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes
  • Registration Open for Regional IAM & ILN Meeting in Belfast
  • The clock is ticking... time to pay your company's IAM member dues invoice

New 2015 DP3 Rate Filing Schedule Released

SDDC issued a message on Feb. 5 that announced the new dates for the 2015 Defense Personal Property Program (DP3) rate filing.

Round 1 of the rate filing was originally slated to open Feb. 1 at 7:00 p.m. EST but the start was delayed due to issues involving the development of the new Defense Personal Property System (DPS) rate filing module. It appears that the new rate filing module, which is part of the DPS 2.0 release, was pushed into the DPS Production environment on Feb. 6 and will be the system of record for the 2015 rate filing.

It is interesting to note that the newly revised rate filing schedule has increased the time between Round 1 and Round 2 to almost three weeks. The reason for the increase is not known at this time but it is significantly longer than what has been the norm in previous rate filings.

Updated Rate Filing Dates/Times

     Round 1:  10 Feb 15 (6:00 PM CST) - 18 Feb 15 (6:00 PM CST)
     Round 2:  08 Mar 15 (7:00 PM CDT) - 13 Mar 15 (7:00 PM CDT)

Full SDDC rate filing message

Source: IAM & SDDC

SDDC Personal Property Releases Message Regarding Port Congestion

Though not as detailed as many had hoped, the SDDC Personal Property Directorate issued the following message on February 4 regarding the port congestion issues at the U.S. West Coast ports.

Many questions remain regarding, for example, how any inconvenience claims resulting from West Coast Port delays are to be handled, what should happen to shipments already in the “pipeline” if complete port shutdowns do take place and how missed Required Delivery Dates (RDD) caused by the slowdown will be addressed.

Each TSP should document, in detail, all aspects of any delays which result from problems associated with pushing shipments through any of the U.S. West Coast ports.

SDDC-PP Advisory #15-0020

DATE: 4 February 2015

FROM: SDDC-PP SCOTT AFB, IL

TO: Military Service Headquarters Representatives, Worldwide Personal Property Shipping Offices (PPSO) and DOD-Approved Personal Property Transportation Service Providers (TSP)

Subject: West Coast Ports Shipping Issues Impacting DOD-Sponsored Personal Property Shipments

1. Be advised the West Coast Ports (WCP) (i.e. Los Angeles, CA; Long Beach, CA; and Oakland, CA) are experiencing labor challenges, contract disputes, and ocean carrier delays. These disruptions may cause TSPs to encounter longer waiting time to gain access to the terminal entry for loading/unloading cargo.

2. Origin Counselors should counsel customers their shipments may encounter delays if expected to travel between the Pacific AOR and CONUS. For shipments that are in-transit and that have not been picked up, PPSOs should contact customers to ensure they are aware of delays and plan accordingly.

3. For shipments that are affected by the WCPs disruptions, TSPs are required to follow the guidance for unusual occurrences in the Defense Transportation Regulation (DTR), Tender of Service (TOS), Appendix B, Unusual Occurrences, B.19 and Performance Requirements, C.1.c (2) Shipments Arrival/Delivery/Delays.

4. Please email all questions relating to this message to: army.sddc.safb.shipments@mail.mil or usarmy.scott.sddc.mbx.shipment@mail.mil

5. This message was approved for release by Mr. Danny Martinez, Chief, Quality Assurance Division, HQ SDDC.

Sources: SDDC & IAM

IAM Staff Attend AMSA Military Summit

A Military Summit was held at the American Moving and Storage Association meeting on Wednesday afternoon and a report will be included in the next edition of the eGov/MIL Newsletter.

Odierno: Sequestration Threatens Army Readiness

With sequestration looming in the 2016 budget, the Army chief of staff told the Senate Armed Services Committee today that the national security environment is the most uncertain he’s seen in his nearly 40 years of service.

Gen. Ray Odierno reported that instability continues to increase globally, especially in light of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, whose unforeseen expansion and erosion of order there and in Syria have significantly heightened conflict in the region and beyond.

During the past three years “we have already significantly reduced the capabilities of the United States Army, and this is before sequestration begins again in 2016,” Odierno told the Senate panel.

“In the last 3 years,” the general said, “the Army’s active component end strength has been reduced by 80,000; the reserve component by 18,000.”

Sequestration’s possible return also portends additional cuts of 70,000 active-duty troops, an additional 35,000 from the National Guard, and another 10,000 from the Army Reserve by fiscal year 2020, Odierno added.

Odierno explained sequestration’s impact from a strategic perspective.

“It will challenge us to meet even our current level of commitments to our allies and partners around the world [and] will eliminate our capability, on any scale, to conduct simultaneous operations, specifically deterring in one region while defeating [an opposing force] in another,” he said. “Essentially, for ground forces, sequestration even puts into question our ability to conduct even one prolonged, multiphase, combined arms campaign against a determined enemy.”

Challenges in Europe, the Pacific

U.S. Army readiness also remains a challenge in Europe, Odierno said, adding that Russia’s intervention in Ukraine challenges the resolve of the European Union and NATO’s effectiveness.

And, he said, China’s military modernization efforts in the Pacific raise concerns regarding U.S. forces, allies and regional interests while the cycle of North Korean provocation continues to increase.

With 13 fewer active component brigade combat teams and the elimination of three active aviation brigades and about 800 rotary wing aircraft from the Army inventory, readiness has dipped to its lowest levels in 20 years, according to Odierno.

“In FY13, under sequestration, only 10 percent of our brigade combat teams were ready,” the general said. “Combat training center rotations for seven brigade combat teams were cancelled and over half a billion dollars of maintenance was deferred, both affecting training and readiness of our units.”

Modernization Strains

The general also reported a 25-percent paring in Army modernization investments.

“We have eliminated our much needed infantry fighting vehicle modernization program [and] our scout helicopter development program,” the general said. “We have significantly delayed other upgrades for many of our systems and aging platforms.”

Ultimately, sequestration limits strategic flexibility and requires the Army to hope to accurately predict the future, something Odierno said the service has not been able to do.

“Today, our soldiers are supporting five named operations on six continents, with nearly 140,000 soldiers committed, deployed, or forward-stationed in over 140 countries,” Odierno said. “They remain professional and dedicated -- to the mission, to the Army, and to the nation -- with the very foundation of our soldiers and our profession being built on trust.”

Source: www.Defense.gov

Shippers plan four-day partial shutdown of U.S. West Coast ports

Shipping lines will partially shut down 29 U.S. West Coast ports for four of the next five days, the companies said on Wednesday, as they postponed the latest round of protracted labor talks with the dockworkers union amid mounting cargo backups at the harbors. The loading and unloading of cargo freighters will be suspended, as operations were last weekend, on Thursday and again on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, the companies’ bargaining agent, the Pacific Maritime Association, said in a statement.

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Top Official says West Coast Ports ‘On the Brink of Collapse’

West Coast ports are five to 10 days away from gridlock and a forced lockdown unless contract talks can be resolved with the longshore workers union, the head of the group representing employers at 29 West Coast ports said Wednesday.

Publicly discussing labor talks for the first time since negotiations began in May, Pacific Maritime Association CEO James McKenna told reporters in a conference call that the PMA made its latest offer to the International Longshore and Warehouse Union that includes raising pay by about 3 percent annually, maintaining employer paid health care and pushing the maximum pension benefit by 11.1 percent to $88,800 annually.

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Transcom Gives Car Shipper Extension on Corrective Action Plan

The U.S. Transportation Command has given overseas car-shipper International Auto Logistics LLC a 10-day extension of its original deadline for providing top leaders with a briefing on a corrective action plan to avert a repetition of the late deliveries and other problems when it took over the contract May 1.

International Auto Logistics, of Brunswick, Ga., originally was supposed to provide a briefing to Gen. Paul Selva, Transcom's commander, on Feb. 2. International Auto Logistics, or IAL, must show in its briefing that it is ready to handle the summer upsurge in the shipment of military members' privately owned vehicles.

Read the Full Story

GSA CHAMPS Supplemental Rate Filing Window Opens

The Supplemental Filing Window of the 2014 - 2015 CHAMP Request for Offers (RFO) dated August 29, 2014 will open on Monday, February 9, 2015.  All rate offers submitted in response to the Supplemental Filing Window are due by 10:00 PM Central Standard Time on Monday, March 23, 2015.  

If you have any questions, please contact either Robyn Bennett at robyn.bennett@gsa.gov, 816-823-3644 or Kim Chancellor at kim.chancellor@gsa.gov, 816-823-3650.

Source: GSA

DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes

Fuel Surcharge for Period 2/15/15 to 3/14/15

The price of fuel was $2.83 per gallon as reported on Monday, February 2, 2015 making the upcoming FSC rates for the period 2/15/15 through 3/14/15 as follows:

GBL Domestic HHG / International HHG – 3%

GSA Domestic HHG – $0.00

GSA International HHG and BAG – $0.00

NOTE – You are reading correct above, there is NO fuel surcharge applicable for the specified period. The baseline rate that is used to calculate the fuel surcharge adjustment is $2.999. With the reported cost of fuel now below that baseline amount, a fuel adjustment does not apply.

US Flag Service

It has been confirmed with both Maersk and APL that there is no longer a US flag routing from Seattle/Tacoma to Korea. Neither APL nor Maersk have had a direct US flag service to and from the Pacific Northwest (PNW) for a number of years.  However, they both have offered a P2 service to Japan, Korea and Okinawa (APL only).  That is no longer available from either carrier.  As a result, TSP’s will have to secure waivers for PNW Korea shipments.

Initially Foreign Flag waivers have been denied because there is service out of Oakland, CA. Moving PNW freight via Oakland is cost prohibitive and IAM will be working with SDDC regarding Foreign Flag waiver requests in this shipping lane.

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Sources:  IAM, AMSA & SDDC

Registration Open for Regional IAM & ILN Meeting in Belfast

** Editor’s Note: IAM’s Director of Government & Military Relations will participate in this meeting and hold a session related to current U.S. Government and Military issues. The recent announcement regarding the U.S. DOD plans to close it operations at RAF Mildenhall and consolidate many other European operations will be a key discussion item.

IAM is hosting a Regional Meeting in conjunction with the British Association of Removers (BAR) Annual Conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland May 18-20, 2015. The Regional Meeting will include business sessions and networking opportunities for IAM members and the IAM Logistics Network (ILN). Space will be limited and registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Response and space availability will determine the number of attendees.

Before You Register:

  • Cost: The cost to attend the meeting is 520.00 GBP, which includes hotel accommodations for three nights (May 18, 29, and 20) and several meals over the course of three days.
  • Accommodations: The conference hotel is Hotel Europa in Belfast. Note: Your registration fee includes accommodations and books you as a Hotel Europa guest.
  • Meeting Agenda: Review the meeting agenda for the IAM/ILN meeting
  • Meeting Packages: On the registration site, you will see a number of packages for the BAR event, the IAM/ILN event, for both BAR and IAM/ILN and other add-ons.
  • Attendees: See a combined list of BAR and IAM/ILN attendees.
  • Registration: Register for the Regional IAM / ILN Meeting, on the BAR conference page. Note that when you reach the "Registration Items" screen, scroll down to see the "Full Package for IAM/ILN Seminar" with the corresponding price of 520.00 GBP. Select this item, or one of the choices below it that include add-on BAR events for additional cost.

BAR Conference: The BAR Annual Conference runs from May 21-23, 2015. As always, there will be a varied program of events combining the very best entertainment, business, and opportunities for socializing. BAR is extending a warm invitation to all IAM members to attend so those traveling to Belfast can experience two premier industry conferences in one location

Check the event page for further details on the BAR Conference. For further information or inquiries about the IAM Regional Meeting, contact Brian Limperopulos.

Source: IAM

The clock is ticking... time to pay your company's IAM member dues invoice

During the first week of January, IAM mailed membership renewal notifications to all billing contacts, encouraging you to renew your company's IAM memberships on time and online — the fastest and easiest way to take care of business. Thank you to those of you who have done so.

If this is the first time you've paid online, you must request your login credentials. Just go to the login screen and follow the instructions for "New Customer." IAM will then email your company's login credentials to the email account on record in our database.

To pay membership dues online, using your username and password, go to: the account login page. Once you log in, click on your name and this will take you to the self-service portion of the website. From there, click on “pay open membership invoices” and follow the prompts to renew online.

If you have forgotten or do not have your user name and password, you can retrieve your information.

If you need assistance, email membership@iamovers.org. We appreciate your support and are always here to assist you.

Source: IAM