eGov/Mil Newsletter: July 29, 2016

July 29, 2016

In this Issue:

  • SDDC Issues Reweigh Advisory
  • Personal Property Forum
  • OSD Issues Installation Access Way-Forward Memorandum
  • SDDC Names New Deputy to the Commander
  • DPS Outage Has Had Minimal Impact On Invoicing
  • DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes
  • U.S. agency creates Jones Act enforcement division

SDDC Issues Reweigh Advisory

The Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) issued Advisory 16-0126 regarding “Reweigh Procedures in the Defense Personal Property System (DPS)” on July 28. This long-awaited advisory details the proper procedures that need to be followed by both Transportation Offices and Transportation Service Providers (TSP) when a reweigh has been ordered.

The message reviews the timing and necessary actions to be taken in order to properly complete a reweigh.

Transportation Service Providers need to read the message carefully and share the details with all office personnel and agents. This message has gone through a detailed review and will be the new standard for entire the reweigh process. TSPs and agents need to adjust their standard operating procedures to ensure they comply with this new paradigm.

The focus of the message is on how the process is to work in DPS. Other new operational and billing-focused requirements will be included in the highly anticipated “Change 2” to both the 2016 International Tender and 400NG Tariff. The Association has been led to believe that the release of Change 2 will closely follow behind the Reweigh Advisory.

Source: IAM & SDDC

Personal Property Forum

Though it is only 99 percent guaranteed, SDDC has indicated that the Personal Property Forum (PPF) will be held on Sept. 13 at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel in Arlington, Va.

IAM and AMSA will hold a joint pre-PPF meeting in the late afternoon on Sept. 12 at the same location. The time for the pre-meeting has not been finalized but it will run approximately from 4:30 or 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Look for further details as they become available.

Source: IAM & SDDC

OSD Issues Installation Access Way-Forward Memorandum

The office of the Secretary of Defense – Transportation Policy recently issued a memorandum detailing what they believe to be the way forward for easing U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) base access issues for the trucking industry.

A modification of DOD’s Electronic Physical Access Control Systems (ePACS) is in the offing. At least 70 percent of DOD installations will have a modernized version of ePACS by December 2016.

Initially this new capability will include scanning of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) and will be expanded to include REAL ID Act compliant driver’s licenses.

OSD’s goal is to establish DOD-wide access criteria to ensure standardization in DOD base access decisions.

Participants in the DOD moving programs should familiarize themselves with this plan.

Source: IAM & OSD

SDDC Names New Deputy to the Commander

Mr. Bryan R. Samson was recently name the new SDDC Deputy to the Commander, which the highest ranking civilian position within SDDC.

Mr. Samson comes to the Command having served as Deputy to the Commanding General, U.S. Army Expeditionary Contracting Command and Acting Deputy to the Commanding General, U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.

Historically, the Deputy to the Commander position has direct oversight over the SDDC Personal Property Directorate and the Defense Personal Property Program (DP3).

IAM welcomes Mr. Samson to SDDC and looks forward to meeting and working with him.

Source: IAM & SDDC

DPS Outage Has Had Minimal Impact On Invoicing

On July 19 DPS experienced a complete system outage due to a corrupted disk. It did not take long to bring the system back online on Wednesday, however the entire days’ worth of work from July 19 was lost due to the disk corruption.

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DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes

SDDC DP3 Weekly Peak Season Telecon Slides

The slides from the recent Peak Season teleconference are available on the IAM website.

SDDC Website

While the new SDDC website is now active, it leaves a great deal to be desired. SDDC is still having problems with getting all of the key historical documents uploaded to the site. The SDDC G-6 (IT systems) sections is working diligently to bring the site back to its full content.

Some of the most basic information is available on the website but TSPs should continue to monitor the site for content.

SDDC Issues New Qualifications “Regulations”

As reported earlier, a new Regulation 55-4, formerly Pamphlet 55-4, has been posted to the new SDDC website. It appears the release of the new set of regulations was delayed due to the recent problems with the SDDC website.

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 and guidelines contained in the new document.

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

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. Contact Carl Weaver with questions.

Sources:  IAM, & SDDC

U.S. agency creates Jones Act enforcement division

Amid increased pressure from the US maritime industry to boost Jones Act enforcement, the US Customs and Border Protection has created a new division of enforcement for the nearly century-old law.

CBP's Office of Field Operations has created the National Jones Act Division of Enforcement, which has a mission to "assist CBP and industry partners on issues concerning coastwise trade, with the goal of being a clearinghouse for all coastwise trade issues," according to a July 15 notice from Vernon Foret, director of the Area Port of New Orleans.

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