eGov/Mil Newsletter: October 8, 2015
In this Issue:
- IAM 2015 Annual Meeting Government Program
- The Household Goods Channeling Concept Pilot Program
- Proposal Would Allow Military Families to Split Their PCS
- Watchdog: Costs drop for shipping troops' goods
- No Shutdown: House Approves Bill to Keep Government Open
- DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes
- Lawmakers Under New Pressure to Find Way to Pay for Highway Programs
- Senate OKs Massive Defense Bill, Sends Measure to Obama
- CSA tweaks, e-log mandate top FMCSA priorities for rest of year, says FMCSA’s Darling
The 2015 IAM Annual Meeting schedule related to U.S. Government and Department of Defense (DOD) household goods moving programs will be as robust as it has ever been. Attendees will have a number of opportunities to engage personnel from a full spectrum of U.S. government agencies.
The major portion of the program related to U.S. Government moving programs will occur on the last two days of the Annual Meeting. Oct. 20 will be a full day for attendees.
The Claims Panel starts the program off. The panel will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. and runs for two hours. Industry representative will discuss a wide range of issues affecting Transportation Service Providers (TSP) operating in the Defense Personal Property Program (DP3).
This year we continue adding a commercial aspect to the session. Risk Management and the increasing problem with mold in shipments will be the focus of the discussion from the commercial panelist.
That same afternoon the annual Military and Government Affairs Panel will be front and center beginning at 1:30 p.m. This two hour panel will include representatives from the Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC), the Defense Personal Property System Program Management Office (DPS PMO), the U.S. Department of State, the Government Services Administration (GSA), GSA Audits Division and the U.S. Navy. Each will have an opportunity to address the critical issues being faced by each organization in their respective household goods programs. Attendees will have the opportunity to direct questions to each of the panelist.
The final session of the day, which will immediately follow the Military and Government Affairs Panel, is a Knowledge Lab being led by IAM's Senior Vice President Chuck White. The title of the session is "Navigating the Maze of Buying and Selling DOD-approved Companies". Chuck will be joined by Mr “Buzz” Bailey, a lawyer with the firm Garvey, Schubert & Bayer. Buzz has been directly involved with a number of TSP acquisitions. This is a can't-miss session for anyone interested in a better understanding of the DOD Novation process.
The last session of the 2015 Annual Meeting may be the best of all. On Wednesday afternoon the "Special Session" begins at 1:30 p.m. and runs through 4:00 p.m. The session will be divided into two portions. The first hour will provide an opportunity for attendees to address a panel made up of personnel from SDDC, the DPS Program Office and GSA Audits. This will be a unique opportunity for attendees to ask all the questions about DP3, DPS and the post audit process that they’ve were unable to ask during the Military and Government Affairs Panel. This will be the perfect opportunity to learn "everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask."
The second half of the session will also be educational but will build on the Annual Meeting’s theme of bringing fun back into the moving industry. Get ready for the “Family Feud.” The “Government” Family will battle the “Industry” Family for the right to claim the title of the “smartest” family in the Government/DOD moving arena. Don’t miss out on all the fun.
The U.S. Transportation Command (USTC) issued a Federal Register Notice (FRN) on Sept. 8, which is soliciting comments on a proposed pilot program, “The Household Goods Channeling Concept Pilot Program,” which will dramatically expand upon the current Defense Personal Property Program (DP3) “Volume Move” principles. This will be a significant diversion from the current DP3 model!
IAM strongly encourages members to provide feedback/comments to the FRN.
USTRANSCOM needs to hear from the industry. This concept was developed without industry involvement and they must understand the impact this initiative will have on the industry and the Defense Personal Property Program (DP3).
The TSP requirements are detailed in the pilot’s Concept of Operations (CONOPS). There is a very specific process for providing comments and that process can also be found on the same web page.
USTC requests comments be submitted no later than Nov. 9.
All TSPs should read the CONOPS for the pilot carefully and consider all of the ramifications of the proposed initiative. Then file your comments!
Source: IAM & U.S. Transportation Command
Proposal Would Allow Military Families to Split Their PCS
Newly proposed legislation would allow service members and their families to move to a new duty station at different times while splitting their household goods shipment, giving the service member money for temporary lodging and letting the family receive a with-dependent housing allowance based on their current location, not the service member's assigned duty station.
Watchdog: Costs drop for shipping troops' goods
A watchdog report on the high costs of permanent change-of-station moves reveals that the average cost of moving troops’ household goods has actually decreased since the Defense Department made wholesale changes to the way it moves those shipments.
No Shutdown: House Approves Bill to Keep Government Open
Congress is sending legislation to President Barack Obama that would head off the threat of a government shutdown at midnight Wednesday.
Democrats helped embattled House GOP leaders pass the measure by a sweeping 277-151 vote with just hours to spare. The Senate passed the legislation by a 78-20 tally earlier in the day.
Recent SDDC Advisories:
- Defense Personal Property System (DPS) Unscheduled Outage Update1 – 10/7/15
- TOTE Maritime M/V El Faro Container Ship Incident Affecting Household Goods (HHGs) - 10/5/15
2015 SDDC Booster Club Fall Classic Golf Tournament
The SDDC Booster Club 2015 Fall Golf Tournament is scheduled for Tuesday, 20 Oct at 1200. To obtain registration and sponsorship information send an inquiry to the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org. For payment, please mail a copy of the registration form and check payable to "SDDC Booster Club" to PO Box 25093, Scott AFB, IL 62225.
Please note, if you would like to donate a golf spot to a deserving military or DOD civilian, please check the box on the registration form and annotate TBD in the name field. The booster club will coordinate the assignment to a deserving team member.
Please feel free to share this information with other interested golfers.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Golf Committee Chairman
** The SDDC BC is a Private Organization. It is not a part of the Department of Defense or any of its components, and it has no governmental status. **
Sources: IAM, Daycos & SDDC
Lawmakers Under New Pressure to Find Way to Pay for Highway Programs
Congressional leaders are under new pressure to find a way to pay for highway programs after the collapse of an ambitious House effort to use a business tax overhaul to fund a transportation measure over the long term.
Senate OKs Massive Defense Bill, Sends Measure to Obama
Congress on Wednesday sent President Barack Obama a sweeping $612 billion defense policy bill that he has threatened to veto over an ongoing battle between Democrats and Republicans over government spending. The Senate voted to approve the measure 70 to 27.
CSA tweaks, e-log mandate top FMCSA priorities for rest of year, says FMCSA’s Darling
In an internal memo circulated to FMCSA employees last week, the agency’s Acting Administrator Scott Darling laid out the regulator’s rest-of-year priorities, highlighted by small changes to CSA and publishing a rule to mandate electronic logging devices.