eGov/Mil Newsletter: July 16, 2015
In this Issue:
- Intrastate Requalification Comments
- FMCSA denies 2 movers’ requests for 14-hour exemptions
- U.S. Army’s planned troop reductions
- DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes
- Ports, Truckers Contend With Chassis Shortage
- Lawmaker: Congress Receptive to New Round of Military Base Closures
- Highway deadline looms as Congress returns
- House Republicans Propose Short-Term Fix for Highway Fund
- Federal appeals court upholds ruling that FedEx drivers were employees, not contractors
For the second time in a month IAM has submitted formal comments to the Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) regarding its Intrastate Requalification initiative.
The initial set of comments was directed to the SDDC Commander, Maj. Gen. Susan A. Davidson, on June 5, and the second set of comments was sent on July 9, to Lt. Col. Michael W. Erhardt, SDDC Personal Property Director.
The comments are posted on the IAM website at:
IAM has come out in strong opposition to SDDC’s Intrastate Requalification process. We have expressed our displeasure with the lack of prior notification regarding SDDC’s intent to hold the requalification, the poor timing for the process, i.e. peak season, the lack of engagement with industry in advance of the initiative, the lack of a stated goal for the process and no stated evaluation criteria for determining if a TSP will maintain or lose their intrastate approval.
IAM is keeping all options open in consideration of what may be our next steps if SDDC continues to move down its current path.
Remember that SDDC continues to move forward with its current 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 31.
Source: IAM & SDDC
FMCSA denies 2 movers’ requests for 14-hour exemptions
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has denied an application by two moving and storage associations for an exemption from the 14-hour on duty rule on the occasions drivers are delayed at a residence beyond the 14th hour and need to move their vehicle to a safe location for overnight parking.
The American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) and the International Association of Movers (IAM) had asked for the exemption in separate applications.
The following six stories are about the planned U.S. Army troop reduction. Although one story on the topic might seem sufficient, each of these describes a slightly different nuance or viewpoint that is useful in understanding the impact of this news.
Army Plans to Cut 40,000 Soldiers and Shrink Force to 450,000 by 2017
Army announces 40K in troop cuts
Sources: the hill.com
Army Cuts Hit Lawmakers Where It Hurts
Carter Says Budget Reductions Forced Army to Cut 40,000 Troops
Lawmakers, AUSA Warn of Defense Risks to Cutting 40,000 Soldiers
Europe, Pacific Not Entirely Spared from Army Force Cuts
Fuel Surcharge for Period 7/15/15 to 8/14/15
The price of fuel was $2.83 per gallon as reported on July 6, making the upcoming FSC rates for the period of July 15 through Aug. 14 as follows:
- DOD GBL Domestic HHG / International HHG – 3%
- GSA Domestic HHG – $0.00
- GSA International HHG and BAG – $0.00
NOTE – You are reading correctly. 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.
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 Monday, 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 Aug. 6
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.
Schedule of Events:
0700 - 0745 Registration
0745 Golfers to carts
0800 Shotgun Start
1330-1500 Lunch and Prizes
Entry Fees (credit card payment accepted on website):
Mulligan $10 for 2
Hole Sponsorship $200.00
For further information please contact Dave DeBoer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-578-2439.
Peak Season Shipment Summary – Week 27 report
Week Number 27
Peak Season Totals
Total Shipments Awarded (Picking up May 15 – August 31) – 115,366
Total Shipments Awarded (3-yr Average) – 115,614
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%
Ports, Truckers Contend With Chassis Shortage
As U.S. seaports enter their busiest season, shippers and truckers expect to be plagued with a familiar problem: a shortage of chassis, a key piece of equipment that allows trucks to transport shipping containers.
Finding a free chassis – little more than a steel frame with wheels - can take hours, making them a top source of port congestion because containers can’t be transferred from a ship to a truck without them, truck drivers say. Leasing companies also rent different types of chassis, so drivers must often go out of their way to return the equipment to specific locations, creating traffic problems at ports.
Lawmaker: Congress Receptive to New Round of Military Base Closures
The ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee opened the door to shuttering unused military bases and infrastructure that Pentagon leaders have requested but Congress has denied for years.
Rep. Adam Smith, D-Washington, told a group of defense reporters Thursday that members of Congress are warming up to a new round of the Defense Base Realignment and Closure, better known as BRAC.
Highway deadline looms as Congress returns
Lawmakers are returning to Washington this week to kick off a monthlong sprint to pass an extension of federal transportation funding set to expire on July 31.
Transportation advocates have been pushing for an increase in the nation's infrastructure funding, but Congress has been struggling to come up with a way to pay for an extension that would at least keep the spending levels flat past this summer.
House Republicans Propose Short-Term Fix for Highway Fund
House Republican leaders on July 13 introduced legislation that would authorize $8 billion in funding for highways through mid-December. The House is expected to consider the measure July 15 after parameters for debate were approved by the House Rules Committee on July 14. Members will not be allowed to offer proposals that would amend the bill when the bill is on the floor.
Federal appeals court upholds ruling that FedEx drivers were employees, not contractors
A federal appeals court ruled last week in favor of the more than 500 FedEx Ground driver plaintiffs in a now five-year-old class action case in which the drivers claimed they were wrongly classified as independent contractors, arguing they instead should have been classified as employees of the company.
The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals agreed, upholding a ruling by the Kansas Supreme Court last year that said per Kansas state law, the drivers should have been classified as employees.