eGov/Mil Newsletter: June 3, 2016

June 03, 2016

In this Issue:

  • "Changes to the Changes" - Solicitation Update
  • DoD Aims to Save $1.9 Billion Through Headquarters Restructuring
  • 6 Things the Military’s PCS Bosses Taught Me
  • House Panel Keeps Trucking-Related Provisions in Transportation Bill
  • It's a smooth start for military PCS season, officials say

"Changes to the Changes" - Solicitation Update

Since the Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) issued the recent changes to both the 2016 International Tender and 400NG, there has been a great deal of consternation among both Transportation Service Providers (TSP) and their agents involved in the Defense Personal Property Program (DP3).

Highlighting the areas of concern were changes made to the number of days required to input shipment weights into DPS, the entire reweigh process, and a considerable number of changes made to Item 508 - Crating.

IAM has been in communication on almost a daily basis with SDDC and the Military Service HQs regarding the wide variety of concerns raised by the membership based on the Solicitation changes. We believe that we have made some significant headway on a number of the issues. We believe that some significant "changes to the changes" will be made shortly.

Unfortunately, this has been a slow process, with SDDC open to change on some issues but reluctant to amend their position on others.

Our thanks goes out to a number of organizations that have provided data and other forms of feedback that SDDC has requested as a means to support our positions on a number of the issues.

Currently, final discussions are underway between SDDC and the Military Services and we expect resolution on a number of these issues to be released in the next week.

If SDDC takes positions that are not in line with the feedback we have received from the IAM Executive Committee and the membership, we will be forced to take our engagement on these issues up the DOD chain of command and beyond.

DoD Aims to Save $1.9 Billion Through Headquarters Restructuring

The Defense Department is restructuring its headquarters as it looks to save $1.9 billion through a 25 percent reduction of staff costs, a senior DoD management official said in a recent DoD News interview.

The “delayering” initiative is part of a broader institutional reform activity, in which DoD is restructuring its business processes and practices, particularly in support areas, said David Tillotson III, DoD’s assistant deputy chief management officer.

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6 Things the Military’s PCS Bosses Taught Me

It’s not every day you get to sit down with the PCS experts and ask them every question you can think up. But that’s exactly what I got to do recently when I took a little field trip to Scott Air Force Base, home of the military’s Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC), the Big Bosses of everything U.S. military-move.

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House Panel Keeps Trucking-Related Provisions in Transportation Bill

A Democratic push to undo trucking-related provisions from a fiscal 2017 transportation funding bill was soundly rejected during a House Appropriations Committee hearing on May 24. The amendment by Rep. David Price (D-N.C.) was rejected by a vote of 19 to 28. Republicans were joined by Democrat Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas in voting against the amendment.

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It's a smooth start for military PCS season, officials say

All systems are go at the launch of this year’s military moving season, good news for service members and families. The peak season for permanent change-of-station moves officially began May 15 and runs through August. Fully 40 percent of DoD’s annual household goods shipments are made during this time.

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