eGov/Mil Newsletter: September 9, 2016

September 09, 2016

In this Issue:

  • Personal Property Forum (PPF)
  • DPS Release 3.4.0
  • GSA Extends 2015 -2016 Rates
  • Hanjin Bankruptcy Could Affect US Holiday Sales
  • DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes
  • IAM Military News and Resources Page

Personal Property Forum (PPF)

The Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) PPF will be held on Sept. 13 at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel in Arlington, VA. The PPF will start at 8:00 a.m. and is scheduled to run through 4:30 p.m.

IAM and AMSA will hold a joint industry-only “pre-PPF” meeting on Sept. 12 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the same location.

Please bring copies of the PPF Slides with you, as copies may not be available at the venue.

There is no registration required for either meeting.

This is one of the few opportunities that the industry has to interact with its largest customer. We encourage the membership to take advantage of this opportunity to get face-to-face with key personnel from the SDDC Personal Property Directorate, the Military Service Headquarters, the Military Claims Offices, GSA Audits and a number of Personal Property Shipping Offices.

Source: IAM & SDDC

DPS Release 3.4.0

SDDC-PP Advisory #16-0132

Date: 26 August 2016

From: HQ Scott AFB, IL

To: Military Service Headquarters Representatives, Worldwide Personal Property

Shipping Offices (PPSO), and Personal Property Transportation Service

Providers (TSP)

Subject: Scheduled Outage for Defense Personal Property System (DPS)

Release 3.4.0 Update

1.DPS will be unavailable Friday, 09 September 2016 between 9:00 PM Central Daylight Time (CDT) and 3:00 AM CDT Saturday, 10 September 2016.

2.Release 3.4.0 contains the following system change requests (SCR) and software problem report (SPR) fixes:

a. SCR 2201 – User Role Matrix; consolidates government (SDDC and PPSO user roles.

b. Technical SCR 7401 – Spouse Professional Books, Papers, and Equipment (pro gear); updates the military spouse pro gear entitlements for personally procured shipments.

c. SPR 7637 – (Awarded) Shipments in Timeout Status Are Not Displaying in Timeout Queue.

3.For questions regarding this message, please email

4.Please report technical issues to the SDDC Systems Response Center (SRC):

a. Email:

b. Telephone: Toll free (800) 462-2176; Commercial (618) 589-9445, Option 5

c. Internet:

5. This message was approved for release by Chief, Personal Property Systems Integration Division, HQ SDDC.

Source: SDDC

GSA Extends 2015 -2016 Rates

Editor’s Note: The Government Services Employee Relocation Resource Center sent the following announcement on Sept. 7 to all CHAMP providers indicating that they planned to extend the current 2015 – 2016 rates for 45 days.

As provided for under Section 2-11, Extension of Offer by the Government, of the General Services Administration’s (GSA’s) Centralized Household Goods Traffic Management Program’s (CHAMP’s) 2015–2016 Request for Offers (RFO) dated August 26, 2015, the Employee Relocation Resource Center (ERRC) is extending the expiration date of all rate offers currently in effect under the 2015–2016 RFO by 45 days.  As a result, rate offers that were due to expire on October 31, 2016 will now be extended through December 15, 2016. 

The 2016–2017 RFO and GSA’s Domestic 500A (GSA500A) Tariff will be distributed during the week of September 12, 2016.  Rate offers accepted under that RFO will become effective December 16, 2016 and the GSA500A will also have an effective date of December 16, 2016.

If  you have any questions, please contact Robyn Bennett at, (816) 823-3644, or Kim Chancellor at, (816) 823-3650.

Also, on September 1 GSA issued the second draft of the new domestic tariff. See message below:

On June 15, 2016, the Employee Relocation Resource Center (ERRC) distributed a Draft of the General Services Administration's (GSA's) Domestic 500A (GSA500A) Tariff and requested comments.  We have reconciled the comments we received and here is the link to the 2nd Draft of the GSA500A.

The issuance of the Final GSA500A will coincide with the issuance of the 2016-2017 Centralized Household Goods Traffic Management Program's (CHAMP's) Request for Offers (RFO).  The GSA500A will become effective when rate offers submitted under that RFO become effective.

If you have any questions, please contact Robyn Bennett at or 816-823-3644.

Hanjin Bankruptcy Could Affect US Holiday Sales

Troubled South Korean firm Hanjin Shipping has been granted temporary bankruptcy protection in the United States. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge John Sherwood on Sept. 6 ordered a hearing for Sept. 9 for the world's seventh-largest ocean shipper. Hanjin filed for bankruptcy in South Korea last week and is seeking similar protections in dozens of countries to prevent seizures of ships and cargo.

Read the Full Story

DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes

Proper Customs Forms for Inbound Motorcycles in DOD Shipments

It has come to IAM’s attention that there has been an increase in the number of “custom holds” placed on DOD shipments containing motorcycles due to submission of out-of-date forms.

The current forms (revised in 2014) vary little from the older versions, but U.S. Customs is demanding that the most current forms be used. The fear is that these old forms are being provided to service members from old stock.

Please be sure you are using the most current forms and destroy all of the older forms in your stock.

SDDC What’s New

CSS Mean Scores for Oct 1 – Dec 31 Performance Period

The mean scores for 1 October - 31 December 2016 period are: dHHG 85.85; iHHG 84.41; iUB 86.40; OTO 78.87.

Fuel Surcharge for Period 9/15/16 to 10/14/16

The price of fuel was $2.41 per gallon as reported on Monday, September 5, 2016 making the upcoming FSC rates for the period 9/15/16 through 10/14/16 as follows:

GBL Domestic HHG / International HHG – 0%
GSA Domestic HHG – $0.00
GSA International HHG and BAG – $0.00

There is no fuel surcharge applicable for the specified period.

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, & SDDC