eGov/Mil Newsletter: July 30, 2015

July 30, 2015

In this Issue:

  • Intrastate Requalification Data Call Set to Close
  • SDDC Special Solicitation Schedule Released
  • Scheduled Runway Closure for Osan AB, Korea
  • House Three-Month Funding Deal Eclipses Prospects of Advancing Key Trucking Provisions
  • Fort Drum Soldiers Relieved Cuts Were Not Worse
  • DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes
  • Labor Department: Most workers should be classified as employees

Intrastate Requalification Data Call Set to Close

The Surface Deployment and Distribution Command’s (SDDC) Intrastate Requalification data call is set to close on July 31. All Defense Personal Property Program (DP3) approved intrastate Transportation Service Providers (TSP) must provide SDDC the requested data or face the possibility of losing their intrastate approval.

SDDC indicated that “Currently approved intrastate TSPs must send documentation to SDDC Quality Assurance at army.sddc.safb.ppqual@mail.mil or via FAX to 618-220-5258 to meet the new requirements for each state.”

Source: IAM & SDDC

SDDC Special Solicitation Schedule Released

The SDDC Special Solicitation (SS) rate filing schedule was released on July 13. Much of the Special Solicitation continues to be awarded outside of the Defense Personal Property System (DPS) and the Defense Personal Property Program (DP3) and operates under the rules found in the old TOPS Solicitation, the I-25 Change 5. The rate filing will open on Aug. 18 and close on Aug. 27.

The following note is included in the SS rate filing schedule:

NOTE 3: THE FOLLOWING SITES HAVE TRANSITIONED VOLUME DISTRIBUTION FROM TOPS TO DPS. DPS WILL SERVE AS THE PRIMARY SYSTEM FOR PROCESSING SS VOLUME AND TOPS AS THE ALTERNATE BASED ON THE FOLLOWING EFFECTIVE DATES:

 

a. DPS OTO EFFECTIVE 01 APRIL 2015: CONUS TO/FROM CANADA (COS 1 & 2)

b. DPS SS EFFECTIVE 15 MAY 2015: CENTRAL/SOUTH AMERICA (COS 4, 8, T)

The full schedule can be found at Special Solicitation Schedule.

Source: SDDC

Scheduled Runway Closure for Osan AB, Korea

In a messaged released by SDDC on July 20 it was announced that the runway at Osan Air Base will be closed beginning July 24 and remain closed through Sept. 15.

The message indicates that “during this closure, cargo operations, to include personal property Codes T and J shipments, will go through Gimhae AB as the designated alternate port.”

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House Three-Month Funding Deal Eclipses Prospects of Advancing Key Trucking Provisions

A GOP-backed three-month funding patch for transportation programs that is advancing through the House, for which Senate Republican leaders have expressed support, would push a six-year transportation bill with several trucking provisions to the side, at least for now. On July 28, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he would lay before the chamber the House’s three-month measure. But passage of a three-month bill is at the mercy of House Democrats, whose leadership has yet to indicate if they would back the most recent patch. Earlier this month, the House voted overwhelmingly to send the Senate a five-month highway funding extension.

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Fort Drum Soldiers Relieved Cuts Were Not Worse

In the service for only seven months, Pvt. Joel Ceniseros was relieved to hear that Fort Drum dodged a bullet last week. Projected to possibly lose as many as 4,000 soldiers as part of a nationwide reduction in the size of the Army, the base will instead lose only 28. The cuts are part of an effort to reduce the Army from about 490,000 active soldiers to about 450,000.

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DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes

Aug. 1 Traffic Distribution Lists (TDL) Still Unavailable

As of this writing, the Traffic Distribution Lists (TDLs) that were expected to be released on July 27 are not yet available.

IAM has been in constant communication with SDDC and the latest information from SDDC on the delayed release is as follows:

“Two issues are being worked for root cause and resolution: first, there are a few instances where extra performance scores that are tied to past performance periods are showing for certain TSPs (there should only be ONE performance score per SCAC, per market).  Second, one rate score changed since the last BVS run, and we cannot determine why this occurred.  We doubt there are other anomalies, and it may be due to a manual data entry error. Regardless, it warrants a look-see. If all goes well with developer analysis, the TDL will be available this week."

2015 Fall Personal Property Forum & Industry-only Post-PPF

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

While there still has not been an official announcement, all signs are pointing to the very strong possibility that the meeting will take place on Sept. 14.

IAM and AMSA are looking into the possibility of holding a Post-PPF meeting the morning following the PPF, Sept. 15. All of the details are still being worked out but please plan accordingly. The likelihood is that a Post-PPF would be scheduled for 9:00 a.m. until noon.

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.

Schedule of Day’s 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.

Sources:  IAM, Daycos & SDDC  

Labor Department: Most workers should be classified as employees

The U.S. Department of Labor’s recently concluded most workers should be classified as employees instead of independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act — a contentious issue playing out in the trucking industry, as well as others, in both the courts, state legislatures and federally.

Referring to the July 15 guidance, the National Law Review wrote, “Independent contractor. Owner. Partner. Member of a limited liability company. Whatever ‘label’ employers use, the DOL has a message for them – most workers are employees under the FLSA.”

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