eGov/Mil Newsletter: March 13, 2015
In this Issue:
- DP3 2015 Rate Filing Wrap-Up
- SDDC issues “Non-Use” Message
- Speculation Kicks Up Over Who Will Succeed Dempsey as Chairman
- Final Rule to Mandate Electronic Logging Devices Again Slated for Sept. 30
- SDDC Celebrates 50 Years as Army Command
- GSA CHAMPS Supplemental Rate Filing Window Opens
- DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes
- Senator to DoD: Explore Alternatives Before Launching BRAC
- Registration Open for Regional IAM & ILN Meeting in Belfast
- The clock is ticking... The time to pay your company's IAM member dues invoice IS NOW. Don't be on the list of unpaids
After a rough start, the 2015 Defense Personal Property Program (DP3) rate filing seems to be closing on a positive note.
Shortly after the rate filing began, transportation service providers (TSPs) found that they were unable to review or validate the rates that they had uploaded to the new Defense Personal Property System (DPS) rate filing module. The new Workbench or user interface was not working and TSPs were forced to hope that what they had uploaded had been properly accepted by DPS. Based on past history there was not a great deal of confidence that the process had in fact worked.
After a few extensions to Round one of the rate filing, the Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) decided to push forward and close the round even though they did not ever fix the new Workbench functionality. TSPs were never able to validate their rates. SDDC believed that the system had been able to successfully process the rates uploaded by industry and felt confident they could press forward with the remainder of the rate filing.
Based on everything we now know, it seems they were correct. SDDC was able to complete their Rate Reasonableness processes. Rate rejections were issued in a timely fashion and most TSPs found that the rates they filed were successfully uploaded.
Round two of the rate filing began Mar. 8 with only a few minor glitches and closes Mar. 13.
It now appears that the Traffic Distribution Lists (TDL) for the 2015 Peak Season should be ready for viewing and booking sometime in late March or early April. This is a very positive outcome for a process that began on a very shaky note. Hopefully this bodes well for an encouraging start to the Peak Season.
The Association has addressed quite a number of inquiries regarding the following message released by SDDC on Mar. 4.
The message focuses on “non-use actions” issued by SDDC, the minimum length for those actions and how those actions are manifested in DPS.
What it does not do is put the issuance of this message into any context. The context of the message has been the focal point of the inquiries IAM has received from the membership.
IAM has been in contact with SDDC leadership and has asked about the context of the message. Though not clearly stated in the message, it appears that some frustration has been mounting within SDDC regarding, according to SDDC personnel, some TSPs’ inability to keep company information within DPS current and tardiness in updating certain required DPS data fields.
The focus seems to be on key personnel and company contact information, as well as data field updates to insurance and bond renewals.
SDDC feels they have communicated to industry, on many occasions, the need to keep this type of information as current as possible. There seems to be a level of frustration with the fact that they need to continue to be forced to reach out to companies to remind them to update critical information.
This message seems to be a precursor to SDDC beginning to take punitive action against TSPs that are not keeping their DPS data current.
SDDC-PP Advisory #15-0040
DATE: 4 March 2015
FROM: SDDC-PP SCOTT AFB, IL
TO: DOD-Approved Personal Property Transportation Service Providers (TSP)
Subject: Non use actions
1. Effective immediately, and in accordance with SDDC Pamphlet 55-4, SDDC Regulation 15-1, and DTR Part IV, Chapter 405 all non use actions taken by SDDC will be for a minimum of 30 days.
2. Due to Defense Personal Property System functionality all non-use actions will reflect in DPS as effective until the end of rate filing cycle. This is necessary to ensure TSPs will not receive any DoD shipments during the non use period. The appeal processes will remain unchanged and will generally only be granted if the reason for non use was at no fault of the TSP or their representatives.
3. Please email all questions relating to this message to:
4. This message was approved for release by Mr. Danny Martinez, Chief, Qualification Assurance Division, HQ SDDC.
Sources: SDDC & IAM
Speculation Kicks Up Over Who Will Succeed Dempsey as Chairman
The expected retirement this fall of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Martin Dempsey and upcoming vacancies in several other top military posts have ramped up speculation on a range of successors.
In addition to Dempsey stepping down in September, the terms of Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert are also due to end in the fall. The second, two-year appointment of Joint Chiefs Vice Chairman Adm. James A. "Sandy" Winnefeld will also run out in September.
Final Rule to Mandate Electronic Logging Devices Again Slated for Sept. 30
In a departure from a report issued in mid-February, the Department of Transportation has changed its expected publication date for a Final Rule mandating the use of electronic logging devices, according to a supplemental report issued by the DOT last week.
It now expects the rule to be published Sept. 30 — six weeks earlier than the date projected in the Feb. 10 report.
The U.S. Army's Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, headquartered at Scott AFB, celebrated its 50th anniversary as an Army Command Feb. 15 and commemorated the occasion with a special event Friday at the Scott Club.
The "Celebrating our Heritage" and Awards Luncheon brought over 300 members of the SDDC workforce together to celebrate the organization's history and present awards to members of the command for exceptional performance.
"Knowing where we've been as an organization helps us better understand who we are and how, as a team, we will take SDDC into the future," said SDDC's commanding general, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Susan A. Davidson.
"While we're honoring past contributions," Davidson added, "I think it's only fitting to also honor current team members who are excelling and helping to continue SDDC's legacy of moving the force."
As part of the event, Davidson, with SDDC's senior enlisted advisor, Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin McKeller, and guest speaker William Lucas, former and first SDDC deputy to the commander, presented a combined total of 47 Global Deployment and Distribution Excellence Awards to teams and individuals for outstanding service and contributions to SDDC's mission.
Beginning his remarks with, "Happy anniversary, SDDC! I have to say you don't look your age," Lucas congratulated the command and award recipients on a continued job well done and provided the audience with a quick rewind of SDDC's history.
"This command is responsible for so much. Most people don't realize all the things you do every day in support of the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces and the Dept. of Defense, from getting equipment shipped for deploying units, to shipping household goods and POVs, to handling port operations. The list goes on and on," said Lucas.
Officially established on Feb. 15, 1965 as the Military Traffic Management and Terminal Service (MTMTS), the command was redesignated in 1974 as the Military Traffic Management Command (MTMC) to highlight its primary traffic management mission. Thirty years later, in 2004, the organization received its current designation as the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) to more directly reflect its global deployment and distribution mission.
SDDC is the Army Service Component Command to the U.S. Transportation Command and a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command. SDDC's mission is to provide global deployment and distribution capabilities to meet our nation's objectives.
By employing a globally postured, professional workforce using audit ready processes, SDDC is the preferred choice for deployment and distribution solutions. With approximately 2,400 people, SDDC books, ships, tracks, and conducts port operations for surface movements both domestically and worldwide by leveraging services from the best of the U.S. transportation industry. SDDC also supports Service members, federal employees, and their families with safe and secure delivery of their household goods and privately owned vehicles. The command manages an average of about 520,000 household goods shipments per year with almost half of those moves occurring between the peak months of May and August. Additionally, SDDC's Transportation Engineering Agency, also at Scott AFB, provides the DOD with engineering, policy guidance, research, and analytical expertise, ensuring U.S. military forces can respond successfully to any requirement anywhere in the world.
"From the command's activation in 1965 through today, SDDC has experienced numerous changes. Its organizational structure and mission have evolved; its headquarters and units have made numerous relocations; and the command has changed its name, from MTMTS to MTMC to SDDC. But, throughout each of the past 50 years, one thing has remained constant -- SDDC's dedicated support to the Warfighter," said Davidson.
The Supplemental Filing Window of the 2014 - 2015 CHAMP Request for Offers (RFO) dated August 29, 2014 opened on Feb. 9. All rate offers submitted in response to the Supplemental Filing Window are due by 10:00 PM Central Standard Time on Mar. 23.
Fuel Surcharge for Period 3/15/15 to 4/14/15
The price of fuel was $2.94 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 – 4%
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.
SDDC DP3 February Shipment Details
Total Volumes Year to Date
dHHG 30,914 shipments
iHHG 18,900 shipments
iUB 12,369 shipments
Senator to DoD: Explore Alternatives Before Launching BRAC
The Pentagon should consider other ways of shedding unnecessary infrastructure without resorting to the formal Base Realignment and Closure process, one senator told defense officials Wednesday.
At a hearing Wednesday on the Defense Department's request for another BRAC round, members of the Senate Armed Services Committee made clear they are not keen to reprise that potentially rancorous process for a variety of reasons, including the considerable up-front costs required.
** 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
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