eGov/Mil Newsletter: October 22, 2015

October 22, 2015

In this Issue:

  • The Household Goods Channeling Concept Pilot Program
  • FMCSA tells critics its CSA program works, issues report defending carrier ranking system
  • Poll: Would You Split Your PCS If It Didn’t Cost You?
  • Despite Downsizing, Army Remains Decisive Service in War, Chief Says
  • DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes
  • Navy Leader: Lack of Budget Means Delayed Bonuses, Family Moves
  • Estes Fined by EPA for Failing to Install Diesel Particulate Filters
  • Annual list of top 10 trucking industry concerns released: Hours of service, CSA, parking highlight
  • New Log In URL to Access Syncada

The Household Goods Channeling Concept Pilot Program

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 is strongly encouraging 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 is requesting 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

FMCSA tells critics its CSA program works, issues report defending carrier ranking system

A new analysis from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reiterates the agency’s position that its Safety Measurement System utilizes enough data to issue rankings (also known as “CSA scores”) to prioritize carriers for intervention.

The report comes amid increasing calls from industry, law enforcement and some members of Congress for FMCSA to remove from public view the rankings generated by the SMS, part of the agency’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability system.

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Poll: Would You Split Your PCS If It Didn’t Cost You?

Newly proposed legislation would allow military families to not only split their PCSes (which many already do), but not have to spend extra cash to do it.

Right now military families stateside can PCS themselves two shifts if they want to. Sometimes they decide to do that because kids or a spouse are still in school or because a spouse needs to hold onto her job for just a little while longer (or wants to go early to find one). But they can’t get their household goods moved in a split shipment (unless they are doing a DITY), they are going to be paying out of pocket for at least one set of lodging, and if they live on base they might get the boot if their stay overlaps their spouse’s orders elsewhere. If they are arriving to a new duty station early, they probably can’t get housing until their orders date.

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Despite Downsizing, Army Remains Decisive Service in War, Chief Says

Airpower and naval might can shape the battlefield, but troops on the ground will always be the decisive force in war, top uniformed and civilian leaders of the U.S. Army said Monday.

Gen. Mark Milley, the new Army chief of staff, said he meant no disrespect to the Air Force and the Navy but "the final shots are usually delivered on the ground" by the Army.

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DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes

Fuel Surcharge for Period 10/15/15 to 11/14/15

The price of fuel was $2.49 per gallon as reported on Monday, October 5, 2015 making the upcoming FSC rates for the period 10/15/15 through 11/14/15 as follows:

DOD GBL Domestic HHG / International HHG – 0%

GSA Domestic HHG – $0.00

GSA International HHG and BAG – $0.00

NOTE – You are reading correct above, there is NO fuel surcharge applicable for the specified period.

New Household Goods Rate Offers Now Available in TMSS

From GSA:

New rate offers are now available in the Transportation Management Services Solution (TMSS) system for Household Goods shipments with a move date between November 1, 2015 and April 30, 2016.  To view the new rate offers, log in to TMSS and enter a Move Date between November 1, 2015 and April 30, 2016 on the Household Goods Query page.

If you have any questions, please contact either Robyn Bennett at robyn.bennett@gsa.gov, 816-823-3644 or Kim Chancellor at kim.chancellor@gsa.gov, 816-823-3650.

Sources:  IAM, Daycos, SDDC & GSA

Navy Leader: Lack of Budget Means Delayed Bonuses, Family Moves

Sailors can expect delays in re-enlistment bonuses and duty station moves as Congress continues to hash out a fiscal 2016 budget.

The Navy is paying for both items on a month-to-month basis under a budget resolution passed Oct. 1 in lieu of a full-funding measure. The stop-gap forces the service to carefully consider who receives money when, Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Bill Moran told sailors here Wednesday.

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Estes Fined by EPA for Failing to Install Diesel Particulate Filters

Estes Express Lines has been fined $100,000 for failing to install particulate filters on 73 heavy-duty diesel trucks, a violation of the California Truck and Bus Regulation. Estes also will spend $290,400 on projects to educate the out-of-state trucking industry on the regulation and for replacing old wood-burning devices in the San Joaquin Valley, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced.

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Annual list of top 10 trucking industry concerns released: Hours of service, CSA, parking highlight

The American Transportation Research Institute has released its Critical Issues in the Trucking Industry for 2015, the organization’s annual ranking of the top 10 concerns in the trucking industry. Respondents included industry stakeholders, carriers and truck operators.

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New Log In URL to Access Syncada

US Bank/Syncada has advised their users that effective October 31, 2015, the current URL used to access Syncada is being eliminated. The following is the message on their website:

We’ve upgraded our servers! The URL currently used to access Syncada is being eliminated. Please start using https://portal.syncada.com/USBank/login.aspx effective immediately. Remember to update any bookmarks/links you may have for the old one. The current URL will continue to work until October 31.

Story from Daycos Blog