eGov/Mil Newsletter: February 10, 2017

February 10, 2017

In this Issue:

  • Start of the 2017 DP3 Rate Filing Round 2 Delayed
  • Final Reminder: Comments Due Regarding SDDC’s Open Season Criteria
  • Non-Peak Season Moving Statistics
  • Implementation of FMCSA’s new carrier registration system delayed indefinitely
  • FMCSA Delays New Driver Training Rule Because of Trump
  • DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes
  • IAM Military News and Resources Page
  • TSA Won’t Accept Driver’s Licenses from 8 States
  • Trump orders federal agencies to revoke two existing regulations for each new one enacted

Start of the 2017 DP3 Rate Filing Round 2 Delayed

The start of Round 2 of the 2017 rate filing for the Defense Personal Property Program (DP3) has been delayed by a few days. Initially Round 2 was scheduled to start on Feb. 9. Due to a few issues, which delayed the release of the rate rejections, Round 2 is now scheduled to begin on the evening of Feb. 12 and end on Feb. 17.

The following advisory announcing the change was issued by the Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) on Feb. 2.

SDDC-PP Advisory 17-0050

Date: 2 February 2017

From: AMSSD-PP, Scott AFB, IL 62225

To: All Department of Defense Approved Personal Property Transportation Service Providers (TSPs)

Subject: UPDATE Defense Personal Property (DPS) Rate Filing Round 2 Open/Close Date Change and Filing Annual Rates with Workbench

1. This advisory is to notify TSPs Round 2 dates have been adjusted to allow SDDC to verify accuracy of data processed during Round 1. It is also intended to remind TSPs of requirements for filing bulk rates in DPS and for reviewing/updating rates in Workbench. Below are the new dates for Round 2:

-          Round 2: 12 Feb 17 (6:00 PM CST) – 17 Feb 17 (6:00 PM CST)

2. TSPs should review the DPS Rate Filing User Guide-TSP Edition, Section 3 (Filing Annual Rates with Workbench) and Section 4 (Bulk Rate Filing). As a reminder rate values for domestic and international bids must be within the parameters set in the user guide:

Discount values must be between 1.00 % and 99.00%

Single factor rates must be between $1.00 and $999.00

Note: Rate values entered into the Workbench may only include numbers and a $ sign or a % sign. Characters entered into the Bulk Rate Files must conform to those listed in the user guide for each market (Standard or Special Solicitation)

3. Email rate filing questions/concerns to:

4. Report DPS 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 is approved for release by Chief, Business Process Division, HQ SDDC.

IAM members are reminded to document any issues that arise during the rate filing and immediately communicate those issues to both the System Response Center (SRC)/Helpdesk and to IAM.

Sources: SDDC & IAM

Final Reminder: Comments Due Regarding SDDC’s Open Season Criteria

SDDC plans to hold an Open Season in 2017. SDDC has reached out to IAM looking for feedback on what criteria should be used to vet companies that would apply for this Open Season.

SDDC’s goal is to add new capacity to the Defense Personal Property Program (DP3) and has indicated that their initial thoughts are to:

  • add tangible capacity instead of giving additional access to TSP's currently participating in the program
  • limiting new entrants to certain Interstate channel combinations where origins/destinations have demonstrated shortage of capacity
  • restrict the open season to Motor Carriers (i.e. excluding freight forwarders, move managers, etc.
  • limiting access to those with a warehouse and/or equipment who currently operate in capacity constrained areas
  • limiting access to those who are not already in domestic common financial and administrative control with an approved DP3 TSP
  • limiting access to those not already representing approved DP3 TSPs under exclusive restricted contracts limiting hauling capabilities to that approved DP3 TSP

SDDC also indicated that:

At our discretion, the intent would be for SDDC to progressively transition a successful new entrant into an unrestricted interstate participant within 3 years of program entry (subject to any other existing program rules and requirements).  The examples listed above are proposed items for consideration. Overall the goal is to ensure we bring new entrants into the program that will be able to help resolve the same capacity issues we have in the same locations every year.  Some proposed locations include:

a. National Capital Region

b. North Carolina

c. Northern Tier States (Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming) d. Kansas e. Hawaii f. Oklahoma g. New Mexico h. Colorado

IAM has some significant concerns with a number of the proposed Open Season criteria that SDDC has laid out in their initial communication with the Association.

We need your feedback.

IAM has been asked to provide SDDC with a set of consolidated comments. If you have any thoughts that you would like to share with IAM, please send them to as soon as possible. SDDC has asked for this consolidated feedback no later than February 17, 2017. If you wish to provide feedback to IAM on this issue, please do so no later than Feb. 13.

Sources: SDDC & IAM

Non-Peak Season Moving Statistics

SDDC indicated that following the Peak Season that they would continue to provide statistics on shipment volumes and other key indicators, just as they had done during the Peak Season, on a monthly basis throughout the year.

These statistics cover the second through fifth weeks of 2017.

Sources: SDDC & IAM

Implementation of FMCSA’s new carrier registration system delayed indefinitely

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is once again delaying the final implementation of its Unified Registration System, which existing carriers will use for their biannual updates, name changes and transfers of authority.

In July, FMCSA delayed the implementation from Sept. 30, 2016, to Jan. 14, 2017. Now the agency is delaying URS’ final implementation indefinitely. FMCSA says it will issue a notice in early January to announce the revised implementation dates.

The cause of the delay, the agency says, stems from FMCSA needing more time to move registration data from its old platforms to the new central database and to further test the system with state agencies.

Since the first phase of the URS, which applies to new carriers only, was launched in December 2015, FMCSA says it has issued more than 100,000 new USDOT numbers, removed more than 360,000 dormant USDOT numbers and has screened 100 percent of authority applications for disqualified carriers trying to “reincarnate” as new carriers.

Editor’s Note – Official notification of the delay can be found at the following:

The official notification was sent to IAM in the following communication on Jan. 13:

Good morning, 

I’d like to share with you a notice put on public display this morning that announces the suspension of the Unified Registration System (URS).  During this suspension, entities needing to file will follow the same procedures and forms used to submit information to FMCSA as they do today. 

The URS 1 final rule was issued to improve the registration process for motor carriers, property brokers, freight forwarders, Intermodal Equipment Providers (IEPs), hazardous materials safety permit (HMSP) applicants, and cargo tank facilities required to register with FMCSA, and streamline the existing Federal registration processes to ensure the Agency can more efficiently track these entities. FMCSA is extending the implementation date of the final stage of the URS 1 final rule beyond January 14, 2017, because additional time is needed to securely migrate data from multiple legacy platforms into a new central database and to conduct further compatibility testing with its State partners.

Julie A. Bergling, Governmental Affairs Specialist

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

U.S. Department of Transportation

Source: FMCSA & Moving Forward — PMSA Newsletter

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DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes

Important SDDC Advisories

Air Force Issues New Points of Emphasis for DP3 in 2017

The Air Force Personal Property Activity Headquarters (PPA HQ) is the organization that oversees all of the Air Force Joint Personal Property Shipping Offices (JPPSO). The PPA HQ provided IAM with a copy of the Air Force JPPSOs 2017 Special Interest Items.

This year the Air Force JPPSOs will focus on the following items:

  1. Subpar inventories
  2. Failure to deliver shipment on or before the RDD
  3. Failure to update DPS with Reweigh information
  4. Failure to update DPS with DTS delivery and receipt information
  5. Failure to prevent loss/damage
  6. Failure to provide tracer report to PPSO

Specific DTR references and the reasons that the Air Force has chosen these items as ones of Special Interest are included in the memorandum.

Transportation Service Providers and their Agents should familiarize themselves with this year’s Items of Special Interest and put processes and procedures in place to be sure to adhere to the regulations. As has been seen in the past, failure to adhere to these items of interest will lead to punitive action.

USTRANSCOM Legislative Affairs' Dome Lines 8th Edition

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Sources:  IAM, US Transportation Command & AF PPA HQ

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.

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