eGov/Mil Newsletter: August 28, 2015

August 28, 2015

In this Issue:

  • IAM announces Military News and Resources Page
  • SDDC MV Courage Vessel Incident Update
  • Personal Property Forum Details Finalized
  • Please Vote - IAM Supports Move For Hunger
  • New Commander Expresses Confidence in TRANSCOM
  • DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes
  • At Forum, Congressmen Give 'Depressing' Outlook on Military Budgets
  • Budget May Cause Air Force to Postpone Programs, Not Hire 4,000 Airmen
  • 4.6 Million Jobs Needed In Transportation Sector Over Next Decade, Report Says
  • National Diesel Average Drops 5.4¢ to $2.561 a Gallon

IAM announces Military News and Resources Page

IAM is proud to announce its new Military News and Resources page, which lists military-based information in an easy-to-navigate tabbed format. In addition, IAM is linking to SDDC Personal Property updates and categorizing them by topic. Currently, on the SDDC website, these updates are hard to find and are organized chronologically – not a very user-friendly way to display information. This new system on the IAM site should make it easy for IAM members to easily find the important information they need. Contact Carl Weaver with questions.

Source: IAM

SDDC MV Courage Vessel Incident Update

The following message was issued by SDDC on Aug. 27. It provides an update to the current situation surrounding 39 shipments which have yet to be delivered to their final destinations and are still waiting to be released from either the port of Baltimore, MD or Southampton, UK.

The message discusses the actions that the Transportation Services Providers (TSP) involved in the movement of these shipments need to take regarding communication with owners of the shipments.

IAM has been in discussions with SDDC regarding the possibility of limiting TSPs’ liability regarding inconvenience claims and the possibility of eliminating the Customer Satisfaction Surveys attached to these shipments. None of that discussion is reflected in the information relayed in this message. IAM will continue to dialog with SDDC.

MV Courage Vessel Incident Affecting Household Goods (HHGs)

Source: IAM & SDDC

Personal Property Forum Details Finalized

The Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) have 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 are. 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.

SDDC Official PPF Message

The hotel has set up a link for hotel registration.

IAM and AMSA are also hosting an industry-only “Post-PPF” the following morning (Sept. 15) from 9:00 – 12:00 noon at the same hotel. Attendees will have an opportunity to review what was discussed the previous day and offer any additional perspectives that were not shared during the PPF.

Source: IAM & SDDC

Please Vote - IAM Supports Move For Hunger

Editor’s Note: Move For Hunger has been fully supported by IAM and its membership for a number of years. The current Move For Hunger effort discussed in the following message deserves your attention. Take a moment to click on the link below and assist Move for Hunger win this grant, which will help them continue their fight against hunger.

Dear IAM Members
We're pleased to share that Move For Hunger is in the running to win a $7,500 grant and a NJ Hero Award. But they need our help! The race is really close, and they're currently in 2nd place.

Please VOTE for Move For Hunger once each day through Monday (twice if you include your cell phone) to help them win the big prize.

It only takes a moment to vote, and the organization with the most votes will win a $7,500 grant to continue the nationwide fight against hunger, so every vote counts. Let's help them win!

Vote for Move For Hunger today.

New Commander Expresses Confidence in TRANSCOM

Upon assuming command of U.S. Transportation Command at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, August 26, Air Force Gen. Darren W. McDew expressed faith in TRANSCOM’s ability to sustain rapid, global response for the Defense Department in the air, at sea and on land.

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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 Aug. 3, 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 – 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 33 report

Week Number 33                    3-yr Average               2015

Counseled                                     8,374                       7,786

Awarded                                       6,950                       6,869

Picked up                                      7,949                       7,784


Peak Season Totals

Total Shipments Awarded (Picking up May 15 – August 31) – 149,940

Total Shipments Awarded (3-yr Average) – 155,561


2015 Peak Season Awards by Market

Domestic HHG (dHHG) – 54% (93% Code D, 7% Code 2)

International HHG (iHHG) – 27%

International Unaccompanied Baggage (iUB) – 19%

At Forum, Congressmen Give 'Depressing' Outlook on Military Budgets

U.S. Rep. Adam Smith wouldn't call himself "depressed" when he spoke to a military lobbying group at Joint Base Lewis-McChord last week, but he acknowledged that he brought with him a "depressing" message.

For the "foreseeable future," the veteran lawmaker predicts diminished spending for the military, tight restrictions on how Congress allows the Pentagon to respond to budget cuts, and more political stalemates that could lead to government shutdowns.

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Budget May Cause Air Force to Postpone Programs, Not Hire 4,000 Airmen

The Air Force would be forced to postpone dozens of programs and not add 4,000 airmen to its ranks if federal lawmakers fail to pass a defense spending bill and keep funding where it is now for the next year, top-ranked leaders said Monday.

"If we don't get a budget, it's going to affect lots and lots of programs," Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lees James said Monday at a State of the Air Force press conference with Gen. Mark Welsh, the service branch's chief of staff.

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4.6 Million Jobs Needed In Transportation Sector Over Next Decade, Report Says

Transportation sector employers, including those in the trucking industry, will need to hire and train more than 4.6 million workers to address market needs, employment turnover, and retirements over a period from 2012 to 2022, a federal report unveiled Aug. 24 found.

Projections suggest that 417,000 of these positions will be established as a result of increased demands on transportation systems. The trucking industry is expected to have the largest number of openings over that time period at more than 2 million jobs, according to the report by the departments of Transportation, Education, and Labor.

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National Diesel Average Drops 5.4¢ to $2.561 a Gallon

The average price of diesel fuel in the United States declined 5.4 cents a gallon to $2.561, the Department of Energy reported Aug. 24.

The decline is the 13th consecutive weekly drop. The cumulative value of the 13-week falloff is worth 35.3 cents since May 25. The price of diesel is comparable with what it was in October 2009.

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