eGov/Mil Newsletter: July 2, 2015

July 02, 2015

In this Issue:

  • Intrastate Requalification Update
  • Annual Meeting Early Bird Rates End July 6
  • SDDC Communicates Plan to Return to Normal Short Fuse Criteria
  • Pacific Pivot Makes Modest Gains in Early Years
  • FMCSA reform sought in Senate bill, would require comprehensive review of trucking regs
  • Continuation of hours-of-service suspension, CSA disclaimers, e-log deadlines and more included in Senate bill
  • DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes
  • Senate Passes Defense Policy Bill But Blocks Spending
  • Ringleader in GSA Scandal Gets Three Months in Prison
  • Rule to mandate e-logs takes a step forward

Intrastate Requalification Update

The Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) continues to move forward with its plan to conduct an Intrastate Requalification process for all Intrastate approved Transportation Service Providers (TSP) in the Defense Personal Property Program (DP3).

The current cutoff date for submission of the requested data is July 9, 2015. But, SDDC has communicated to IAM that they plan to extend the submission period until July 31, 2015.

SDDC also said it plans to drop the requirement that TSPs “provide evidence of DoD warehouse approval (e.g. SIT Facility ID) in the state.” TSPs will still have to provide evidence of a warehouse in the state but have dropped the requirement that the warehouse must be a DOD approved SIT facility.

Another critical point is that SDDC “welcomes comments” on the planned requalification. It now appears that SDDC will take comments from industry on the Intrastate Requalification through July 31. IAM encourages all industry participants that may be affected by this process, in any way, to send your individual comments to army.sddc.safb.ppqual@mail.mil no later than July 31, 2015.

Source: IAM & SDDC

Annual Meeting Early Bird Rates End July 6

Don't miss your chance to save on registration to the 2015 IAM Annual Meeting & Expo, October 18-21, 2015 in San Diego, California. Save more than 10 percent off the regular registration fee and more than 20 percent off the on-site registration fee by using the early bird rates.

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Exhibitor and Sponsor Information

 

Purchase Your Ticket for FunD Night

Step right up for the first FunD Night to raise money for the Alan F. Wohlstetter Scholarship Fund (AFWSF).

Held on Sunday, October 18, 2015 from 9:00 pm to Midnight, try your luck at our "County Fair," including basketball toss, indoor golf, skee ball, and much more! Don't forget the Dunking Booth, where you can try to dunk Terry Head, President of IAM, as well as a few good sports on the IAM Executive Committee.  

Tickets are $40 USD until October 14, 2015, and may be purchased during the online registration process. If you have already registered, you can go back into the system and use your confirmation number to buy a ticket.

The AFWSF provides tuition assistance to employees of IAM member companies and their dependents and to Student Members of the Association.

Source: IAM

SDDC Communicates Plan to Return to Normal Short Fuse Criteria

In mid-May SDDC expanded the normal short fuse shipment criteria from five to 10 days to try and capture as much of the available industry capacity as possible during the Peak season.

The Peak season has begun to wind down and the need for the expanded short fuse criteria has diminished. On June 26, SDDC announced its plan to move the Short Fuse criteria back to its normal five-day window. 

Effective July 6, SDDC will reduce the short fuse days from 10 government business days (GBDs) back to the normal 5 GBDs, one day at a time, so that on 10 July the normal 5 GBDs short fuse window will be in effect. 

Find the entire message at SDDC’s website.

Source: IAM & SDDC

Pacific Pivot Makes Modest Gains in Early Years

The military facet of the Obama administration's rebalance to the Pacific has provided at least $9 billion more to U.S. Pacific Command over the last four years, although experts have difficulty gauging the initiative's actual success.

With more than $1.2 trillion in U.S. trade transiting through the Pacific each year, it's easy to see why the U.S. is seeking to renew its diplomatic, economic and political engagements in the region.

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FMCSA reform sought in Senate bill, would require comprehensive review of trucking regs

Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) last week filed a bill aimed at reforming the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration including making its rule-making process more open to industry stakeholders and Congress and more transparent to the public.

In March, Fischer criticized the FMCSA and vowed to initiate a reform process. If passed and signed into law, her Trucking Rules Updated by Comprehensive and Key Safety Reform Act (TRUCK Safety Reform Act) would do that.

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Continuation of hours-of-service suspension, CSA disclaimers, e-log deadlines and more included in Senate bill

The Senate’s Appropriations Committee on June 25 passed 20-10 a DOT-funding bill that would set deadlines by which the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration must publish a Final Rule mandating the use of electronic logging devices and a proposed rule mandating use of speed limiters on heavy trucks.

The bill also continues the hours-of-service suspension put in place by lawmakers in December, so long as FMCSA’s study, currently in the works, shows that the provisions in the 2013-implemented hours rule yield no safety benefit.

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DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes

2015 Fall Personal Property Forum

SDDC has provided the Association with a very tentative date for the fall Personal Property Forum (PPF). The current schedule is to hold the PPF on Sept. 14 in the National Capital Region (Washington, DC).

SDDC has not received final approval for the meeting as of yet but plans for the meeting are moving forward. Look for an official announcement from SDDC soon.

NDTA-DC Golf Tournament Set for August 6, 2015

The National Defense Transportation Association- DC Chapter will host its annual golf tournament on Aug. 6. The tournament is a fundraiser for the association’s scholarship fund.

The tournament will be held at the Andrews Air Force Base Golf Course.

Interested parties can register online at NDTADC.

Schedule of Days Events:

0700 - 0745                 Registration

0745                            Golfers to carts

0800                            Shotgun Start

1330-1500                   Lunch and Prizes

Entry Fees (credit card payment accepted on website):

Civilian                        $95

Government                $85

Mulligan                      $10 for 2

Hole Sponsorship        $200.00

For further information please contact Dave DeBoer at ddeboer@amslgroup.com or 202-578-2439.

Peak Season Shipment Summary – Week 26 report

Week Number 26                    3-yr Average               2015

Counseled                                   10,486                       9,367

Awarded                                       9,755                       8,331

Picked up                                    12,701                     12,275

 

Peak Season Totals

Total Shipments Awarded (Picking up May 15 – August 31) – 109,569

Total Shipments Awarded (3-yr Average) – 109,296

 

2015 Peak Season Awards by Market

Domestic HHG (dHHG) – 54% (92% Code D, 8% Code 2)

International HHG (iHHG) – 27%

International Unaccompanied Baggage (iUB) – 19%

Sources:  IAM, Daycos & SDDC  

Senate Passes Defense Policy Bill But Blocks Spending

The Senate threw the future of the defense budget into question Thursday by passing an annual policy bill but then blocking any spending to fund it.

The massive National Defense Authorization Act that was passed calls for converting 20-year military pensions into a hybrid 401(k)-style system, which mirrors the House version passed last month. It also provides a small increase in troop pay raises from last year and protections against commissary cuts.

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Ringleader in GSA Scandal Gets Three Months in Prison

Jeff Neely, the Public Buildings Service executive whose orchestration of a lavish Las Vegas training conference rocked the General Services Administration in 2012, was sentenced on Tuesday to three months imprisonment and ordered to pay more than $10,000 in fines and restitution by a federal district judge in San Francisco.

Neely, widely mocked by members of Congress after photos circulated showing the shirtless executive sipping wine in a hotel room hot tub, also was sentenced to three months home confinement, $8,000 in restitution, a $2,000 fine, a $100 special assessment and probation, according to the GSA inspector general’s office.

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Rule to mandate e-logs takes a step forward

A looming Final Rule to mandate the use of electronic logging devices has been sent from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to the Office of Secretary of Transportation, moving the rule a small step closer to publication and implementation.

The DOT in its latest monthly report on the status of pending rules said the rule was sent to the OST on June 6. The rule is still projected by the DOT to be published Sept. 30, which would mean the rule would start being enforced in late 2017.

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