eGov/Mil Newsletter: June 15, 2016

June 15, 2016

In this Issue:

  • SDDC Increases Short Fuse Criteria
  • SDDC Website Update
  • I-16 & 400NG Changes Coming
  • SDDC to Issue New Qualifications “Regulations”
  • Senator: Sweeping Military Reorganization Plan Deserved More Study
  • Foxx estimates two years before CSA scores go back on FMCSA website
  • DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes
  • Don’t Do These 7 Things Before a PCS
  • Senate Backs 1.6% Troop Pay Raise, BAH Cuts, Health Care Reform

SDDC Increases Short Fuse Criteria

The Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) issued a message on June 10 that set the expansion of the short-fuse days to start on June 14 for shipments picking up on June 22 or later. This expanded criterion will only be in place for a little over two weeks this summer.

The normal short fuse criteria of five days has now been increased to 10 days. According to the message:

“The short-fuse expansion means that shipments offered with a requested pickup date of 10 government business days (GBDs) or less will now be considered short-fuse and offered through the short-fuse process.”

This is not a new phenomenon. For the last four years, SDDC has exercised its option of expanding the criteria in order to try and relieve some of the capacity concerns being experienced at the Personal Property Shipping Offices (PPSO). What is new is how late in the Peak Season that SDDC is making this decision.

In the past few years, SDDC has availed itself of the option to move from five to 10 days sometime in May. This year’s late change seems to indicate that 2016 capacity concerns in the Defense Personal Property Program (DP3) have not been as significant as have been seen in recent years. This could be due to a reduction in shipment awards or could be the result of Transportation Service Providers (TSP) managing their traffic and their Blackouts more efficiently.

Whatever the reasons may be for the late change in short fuse criteria, the reality is that the Best Value model upon which DP3 was built was able to remain in place for the bulk of the Peak Season. The expanded short fuse criteria and the resulting increase in the number of shipments awarded through the short fuse process will be reduced for the 2016 summer season versus what has been experienced over the last few years. We believe that this should be viewed as a positive by all DP3 stakeholders.

The timing for the move back to the normal five-day criterion is also spelled out the message:

“Effective 27 June 2016, SDDC will start reducing the number of short-fuse days from 10 government business days (GBDs) back to the normal 5 GBDs, one day at a time, so that on 1 July the normal 5 GBDs short-fuse window will be in effect.”

The full Expansion of the Short-Fuse Window for the 2016 Peak Season advisory can be found on the IAM website

Source: IAM & SDDC

SDDC Website Update

The SDDC website has been unavailable for approximately six weeks. A “fatal crash” forced SDDC to rebuild and redesign the website entirely.

We were informed recently that the website rebuild is complete and SDDC has issued an advisory indicating that the new website is now available.

During testing a few problems have been identified with regards to properly downloading documentation from the new site and that is what has delayed the launch. According to the new website home page this problem persists.

The new web address for the site is A warning message regarding the security certificate for the new site may appear the first time you try to access the website. Click through that and allow a security exception for the site and it will then become accessible.

SDDC personnel are working with Microsoft and hope to have the download problems resolved in short order.

SDDC Website message

I-16 & 400NG Changes Coming

Transportation Service Providers can expect to see a second set of changes made to the 2016 International Tender and 400NG released soon. “Change 2” for the IT and 400NG will include a number of updates requested by the IAM Executive Committee and membership but some other items remain a concern.

As of this writing, it is unclear when Change 2 will be issued. When released, please review the changes carefully and continue to communicate with IAM regarding the concerns you may still have once the latest changes are made public.

Source: IAM & SDDC

SDDC to Issue New Qualifications “Regulations”

A new “Regulation 55-4,” formerly “Pamphlet 55-4” will be released soon by SDDC. The new Regulation 55-4 is currently posted on the IAM website. It appears the release of the new set of regulations was delayed due to the recent problems with the SDDC website. We hope that the new document will be officially released to industry via the normal advisory process.

The new regulation shows an effective date of May 18, 2016. That begs the questions as to when enforcement of the document will become effective. Will it be retroactive and become effective as of May 18 or will it be effective on the date that is actually released to the industry?

This new Qualifications Document has been elevated to the level of a “Regulation” from the “Pamphlet” level. A Regulation carries more weight in Department of Defense (DOD) parlance than does a pamphlet and thus gives SDDC greater enforcement authority over the rules/guidelines contained in the new document.

Transportation Service Providers should read the new set of regulations carefully and raise any concerns they may have to IAM staff.

Source: IAM & SDDC

Senator: Sweeping Military Reorganization Plan Deserved More Study

Plans are in the works for a sweeping reorganization of the U.S. military, the likes of which haven't been seen since the mid-1980s. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Virginia, is fine with that idea. But he is concerned that the process is moving too quickly.

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Foxx estimates two years before CSA scores go back on FMCSA website

U.S. DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx testified on implementation of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act on Wednesday on Capitol Hill. During the hearing, he was asked how long it would take to do a revised analysis of a methodology that calculates safety performance scores for motor carriers. The scores were pulled from the website of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in early December 2015.

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DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes

SDDC Change of Command

On June 16, Maj. Gen. Susan A. Davidson will relinquish command to Maj. Gen. (Select) Kurt J. Ryan in a ceremony at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. Maj. Gen. Davidson will be headed to a new command in Hawaii while Maj. Gen. (Select) Ryan is coming to the SDDC from Ordnance Corps and School at Fort Lee, Va. IAM Senior Vice President Chuck White will be attending on behalf of IAM.

SCAC Renewals Due June 30

If you hold a Certificate of Standard Carrier Alpha Code assignment from the National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA) your SCAC assignment is valid through June 30 each year. Approximately 30 days prior to the expiration date NMFTA sends an invoice to renew your SCAC. Don’t miss the cutoff. If you have not already done so,  renew your SCAC today.

SDDC Advisory

SDDC-PP Advisory #16-0113 - Defense Personal Property System (DPS) Release 3.3.1 Scheduled Outage

SDDC Helpdesk/System Response Center (SRC) Upgrades Ticketing System

Information the new system directly from SDDC: As of Monday 2 May, the SRC upgraded their ticketing system to a cloud-based application called Service Now. Emails that are received by customer will refer to an “incident” instead of a ticket. If there are numerous incidents about the same issue, a “problem” will be created associating all of the same incidents to this problem. This will make it easier on all concerned with ticket escalation and resolving numerous incidents under the same problem.

IAM Military News and Resources Page

The IAM Military News and Resources page provides 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.

Sources:  IAM, & Daycos

Don’t Do These 7 Things Before a PCS

If you sit down at your computer and search for, “Help with PCS,” you will find dozens of articles telling you what to do. Heck, the military even hands your spouse a list that says, “DO THIS.” This is not one of those lists.

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Senate Backs 1.6% Troop Pay Raise, BAH Cuts, Health Care Reform

The U.S. Senate has approved a fiscal 2017 defense authorization that calls for a 1.6 percent military pay raise, reduced housing allowances and changes to the health care system. The upper chamber of Congress on Tuesday voted 85-13 in favor of the legislation, known as the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, which sets policy and spending targets for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1.

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