eGov/Mil Newsletter: August 13, 2015

August 14, 2015

In this Issue:

  • Personal Property Forum Details Finalized
  • Recalculation of Customer Satisfaction Survey (CSS) Scores for Oct. 1
  • Panel: What's the Future Role of US Army in Europe?
  • Odierno Stepping Down With Barrage of Warnings on Troop Cuts
  • Senate Confirms Dunford for Joint Chiefs Chairman
  • GAO: FMCSA study on 2013 hours-of-service rule flawed, safety conclusions could be inaccurate
  • 11 Military Moving Tips From a PCS Pro
  • Obama nominates Scott Darling to head FMCSA
  • DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes
  • East Coast Port Cargo Traffic Surges as West Coast Falters
  • Ports of Seattle, Tacoma Vote to Launch Alliance

Personal Property Forum Details Finalized

The Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) has finalized the plans for the 2015 fall Personal Property Forum (PPF).

The PPF will be held on Sept. 14 at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel, 900 South Orme Street, Arlington, Virginia 22204.

The PPF venue is a major change from years past. Previously the Forums have been held in close proximity to Scott Air Force Base, which is where the SDDC headquarters is located. In recent years, due to budget cuts, many of the other organizations involved in the Defense Personal Property Program (DP3) have been unable to attend.

Moving the meeting to the Washington, DC area is an attempt to allow for greater participation in the meeting by the military service headquarters, military claims offices (MCO) and other organizations that are stakeholders in DP3.

Make your hotel reservations now.

IAM and AMSA are also hosting an industry only Post-PPF meeting the following morning (Sept. 15) from 9:00 to noon at the same hotel. Attendees will have an opportunity to review what was discussed the previous day and offer up any additional perspectives that were not shared during the PPF.

Source: IAM & SDDC

Recalculation of Customer Satisfaction Survey Scores for Oct. 1

On Aug. 11 SDDC released a message indicating that Transportation Service Providers (TSP) could access their Customer Satisfaction Scores (CSS) used to determine their Performance Scores (PS) for the Oct. 1 to Dec. 31 Performance Period.

The data pull for this recalculation is Aug. 1, 2014 through July 31, 2015.

The mean scores for this period are: dHHG 86.27; iHHG 84.07; iUB 86.83; OTO 77.4

TSPs should review their CSS scores for accuracy using the Interim Customer Satisfaction Survey (ICSS) tool located on the ETA website, Personal Property, ICSS.

New Email

The email address to submit appeal requests is usarmy.scott.sddc.mbx.icss@mail.mil. The window to submit CSS appeals is Aug. 12 to 18. Any appeals received after 2359 CST on Aug. 17 will not be considered.

The full message can be found at Recalculation of CSS for Oct 1

Source: SDDC

Panel: What's the Future Role of US Army in Europe?

A panel appointed by Congress to examine the size and shape of the U.S. Army is now on a fact-finding mission in Europe to assess what role U.S. troops should have on the Continent in the years ahead.

The National Commission on the Future of the U.S. Army, headed by retired Army Gen. Carter Ham, was at U.S. Army Europe headquarters in Wiesbaden on Tuesday. It was headed to training grounds in Grafenwöhr on Wednesday to talk with leaders and make evaluations.

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Odierno Stepping Down With Barrage of Warnings on Troop Cuts

In the face of continual budget cuts and shrinking end strength, Army Gen. Ray Odierno has been a persistent voice in stressing the "indispensable" role of the soldier during his time as chief of staff.

Odierno is leaving his post as the Army's top officer with a barrage of warnings on the risks to the nation of continuing cuts to the regular forces.

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Senate Confirms Dunford for Joint Chiefs Chairman

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed President Barack Obama's pick to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., who is currently commandant of the Marine Corps, is expected to take over Oct. 1 for Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, who will retire after a 41-year Army career.

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GAO: FMCSA study on 2013 hours-of-service rule flawed, safety conclusions could be inaccurate

A new Congressional report says the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has limited ability to truly evaluate the 2013-implemented hours-of-service rule because its study did not meet research standards and has data constraints.

The GAO report covers the agency’s 2014-released study on the HOS rule, not the one currently in the works required by a December 2014 DOT-funding act, which also suspended certain portions of the 2013 rule.

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11 Military Moving Tips From a PCS Pro

Practice doesn’t make perfect when it comes to military moves, because the rules are always changing. But here are a few things I’ve learned over the past twenty years of moves.

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Obama nominates Scott Darling to head FMCSA

President Barack Obama nominated T.F. Scott Darling to become the next administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a position he’s filled on an acting basis since former Administrator Anne Ferro’s departure last August.

Darling, chief counsel of FMCSA, was referred to as the acting administrator of the agency for seven months, until March 30, 2015, when DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx removed the title but asked Darling to continue running the agency.

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DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes

Fuel Surcharge for Period 8/15/15 to 9/14/15

The price of fuel was $2.67 per gallon as reported on Monday, August 3, 2015 making the upcoming FSC rates for the period 8/15/15 through 9/14/15 as follows:

DOD GBL Domestic HHG / International HHG – 2%

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.

Peak Season Shipment Summary – Week 32 report

Week Number 32                    3-yr Average               2015

Counseled                                     8,756                       8,126

Awarded                                       7,155                       6,938

Picked up                                      8,220                       8,157

 

Peak Season Totals

Total Shipments Awarded (Picking up May 15 – August 31) – 145,952

Total Shipments Awarded (3-yr Average) – 150,474

 

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  

East Coast Port Cargo Traffic Surges as West Coast Falters

Growing international trade and continued diversion after West Coast dock disruptions have enabled the three largest East Coast ports to record double-digit cargo gains, based on the latest reports from New York-New Jersey, Savannah, Georgia, and the Norfolk, Virginia, area.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the third-largest U.S. port, reported 19% growth in June and a 13% improvement in the first half of 2015, compared with the year-earlier periods. At Savannah, cargo increased 17% through the six months, and June shipments climbed more than 20%. The Port of Virginia’s June growth was 14%, while six-month totals were 9% higher.

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Ports of Seattle, Tacoma Vote to Launch Alliance

The ports of Seattle and Tacoma voted Aug. 4 to launch a partnership known as the Northwest Seaport Alliance to unify cargo terminal investment and operation. The alliance, originally announced October 2014, is designed to attract more cargo to the Washington state ports and combine planning and marketing resources.

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