eGov/Mil Newsletter: April 7, 2017

April 07, 2017

In this Issue:

  • SDDC Announces Open Season
  • 2017 Navy “Virtual” Industry Days
  • Receive SDDC Personal Property Updates by email
  • Shutdown? GOP says no as it tries to save Trump priorities
  • DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes
  • IAM Military News and Resources Page
  • Military Sees Dire Future If Congress Does not Act on Budget
  • Suddath to Buy Three Locations as Graebel Van Lines Ceases Operations
  • PCS Week offers info for a successful PCS move

SDDC Announces Open Season

The Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) made a dramatic change in their proposed 2017 Open Season timeline and unexpectedly announced that applications for the 2017 would be accepted March 29 through April 25.

SDDC also used a new vehicle to make the announcement. The Open Season announcement was communicated via the Federal Business Opportunities (FEDBIZOPPS) portal. Originally, SDDC had indicated that the Open Season announcement would be made via the Federal Register, which typically would have allowed for a comment period for industry.

SDDC decided to move up the timeframe for the announcement and decided that FEDBIZOPPS was the better vehicle to communicate with the entire industry. The ability for comment period was lost due to that change in announcement methodology.

SDDC has now posted the following on their website:

Open Season

HQ SDDC is announcing a 2017 Personal Property Transportation Service Provider (TSP) Open Season for new entrants into the Defense Personal Property Program (DP3). If you are interested in obtaining information about this opportunity, please send your name, your company's name, and your email address to:

usarmy.scott.sddc.mbx.pp-quality@mail.mil

SDDC will reply with DP3 information Monday, 03 April 2017.

Click Here for the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) solicitation SDDC-5001-03.

Interested parties that have made an inquiry to SDDC have received a Welcome Letter (posted in the What’s New” on the SDDC website) and a TSP Questionnaire to complete. It is unclear at this point what information is needed from a currently approved Transportation Service Provider (TSP) that may be looking to increase its current scope of operation within the Defense Personal Property Program (DP3).

SDDC did also issue a Federal Register Notice to announce the Open Season on April 3 but it was only a notification and did not allow for any comment period on the merits of the criteria.

One thing that was not made clear in this announcement is that SDDC is considering a process to allow new entrants to file rates for the 2017 Annual Cycle during a rate filing to be held in the June/July timeframe.

That rate filing would only be open to newly accepted Transportation Service Providers. Once those rates are filed the new TSPs would be incorporated into the Aug. 1 through Sept. 30 Traffic Distribution List (TDL) and allowed to begin accepting shipments during that timeframe.

IAM has some significant concerns regarding the criteria being used to evaluate applicants during this 2017 Open Season, as well as with the procedure being used to announce the process, i.e. FEDBIZOPPS vs Federal Register. We are investigating several options for how we may respond to this announcement.

Any entities interested in investigating their prospects of applying to become a DOD TSP should conduct their due diligence quickly. The requirements are onerous and the timeframe for completion is short. Do not hesitate.

Sources: SDDC & IAM

2017 Navy “Virtual” Industry Days

In 2016, the Navy held three “Industry Day” in-person meetings with industry at their three Joint Personal Property Shipping Office (JPPSO) locations. This year Navy will hold seven “Virtual” Industry Day meetings geared toward multiple global locations.

Navy Announces Household Goods Industry Days

The U.S. Navy has announced dates for their Household Goods Industry Days in preparation for Peak Season. Instead of having onsite meetings, they will hold the meeting virtually in the cloud. There will be seven different sessions where the information presented will be similar but localized for each site.

HOW TO LOG INTO THE EVENT(S)

  • Dial into the conference line at (888) 414-8070 with participant code 6872350#
  • Recommend logging into the webinar 15 minutes prior to the start time using one of the below methods to      ensure you are able to connect.

MEETING RULES

  1. Send specific topics/issues/concerns no later than April 12 to deborah.mcglennon@navy.mil and deloma.miley1@navy.mil. Please indicate the specific region and meeting date that you wish to discuss these topics.
  2. The Navy Household Goods Program Manager will facilitate the meeting.
  3. Courteous and professional behavior is expected.
  4. Phones should be put on mute when not speaking (please do not put on hold).
  5. The GoToMeeting web chat will be used to ask questions during the presentation. The leader will read/address the questions at the appropriate time.
  6. The open discussion period will be structured to minimize multiple people talking at the same time. Rules will be discussed at the beginning of each session.
  7. Follow-on discussions will be schedule as required.

Dates and times for each location:

  • CPPSO Puget Sound: Tuesday, April 18, 1-3 p.m. Pacific Time
  • JPPSO Pearl Harbor: Tuesday, April 18, 1-3 p.m. Hawaii-Aleutian Time, 4-6 p.m. Pacific Time
  • JPPSO Southwest: Wednesday, April 19, 1-3 p.m. Pacific Time
  • JPPSO Japan: Thursday, April 20, 8-10 a.m. Japan Standard Time; April 19, 4-6 p.m. Pacific Time
  • JPPSO Southeast: Wednesday, April 26, 9-11 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 6-8 a.m. Pacific Time
  • CPPSO Norfolk: Wednesday, April 26, 2-4 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Pacific Time
  • PPSO Europe: Thursday, April 27, 1-3 p.m. Central European Time, 4-6 a.m. Pacific Time

Sources: Navy & IAM

Receive SDDC Personal Property Updates by email

IAM has offered industry news updates by email for about three years. Now you can receive personal property updates from the U.S. Army's Surface Deployment and Distribution Command in your email. Sign up at IAM's website now. Alternately, if you just want the regular RSS feed, you can have that as well. Contact Carl Weaver.

Sources: IAM

Shutdown? GOP says no as it tries to save Trump priorities

The last thing President Donald Trump needs on his 100th day in office is a government shutdown. So with four weeks to go, Trump and Republican leaders are trying to salvage priorities like his wall along the Mexico border and immediate increases in defense spending without stumbling into a politically toxic government shutdown in another month.

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DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes

SDDC Advisories

SDDC Provides Change of Ownership Worksheet

SDDC recently provided IAM a copy of the Change of Ownership Worksheet that they provide to prospective buyers and sellers of DOD approved Transportation Service Providers that are intending to go through the Novation process.

Any parties interested in either buying or selling a DOD TSP should carefully review the worksheet as it provides a checklist for all of the paperwork that may be requested by SDDC during the Novation process.

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.

Sources:  IAM, & SDDC

Military Sees Dire Future If Congress Does not Act on Budget

The military services are warning that their combat operations and training will be curtailed severely if Republicans and Democrats fail to end their bickering over the federal budget and pass only a stopgap spending measure, according to Pentagon documents.

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Suddath to Buy Three Locations as Graebel Van Lines Ceases Operations

The Suddath Cos. agreed to acquire three locations of Graebel Van Lines as part of a wind down of Graebel’s operations throughout the country. CEO Mike Brannigan said Suddath Relocation Systems will take over facilities in San Jose, California; Portland, Oregon; and Orlando, Florida, and is working to hire former Graebel employees and contractors to support the business.

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PCS Week offers info for a successful PCS move

Making a permanent change of station (PCS) move can be a stressful experience, especially during peak season. However, armed with the right information, every PCS move has the potential to be a success.

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