eGov/Mil Newsletter: April 20, 2017

April 20, 2017

In this Issue:

  • SDDC Open Season Ends April 25
  • 2017 Navy “Virtual” Industry Days
  • Upcoming Webinar on the Receivable Protection Program (RPP) - Mark Your Calendars
  • 'It'd be devastating': Air Force chief sounds the alarm on how budget cuts will affect you
  • U.S. Maritime Industry Stands Behind Jones Act Ruling Letter Changes
  • Foreign National (FN) User Policy for Accessing the Defense Personal Property System (DPS)
  • DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes
  • IAM Military News and Resources Page
  • Trump lifts federal hiring freeze, but jobs will be slowly filled
  • Top Highway Authorizers Call for Trust Fund’s Long-Term Fix
  • Looming federal budget fight could hit military pay and bonuses
  • Pentagon Wrestles with How to Break Up ATL

SDDC Open Season Ends April 25

Parties interested in applying for the Surface Deployment and Distribution Command’s (SDDC) Open Season have until April 25 to complete the application.

The Open Season announcement can be found via the Federal Business Opportunities (FEDBIZOPPS) portal.

IAM formally raised our concerns with the Open Season process, timeline and criteria to the SDDC Commander, Maj. Gen. Kurt J. Ryan. Our Open Season Request for Action letter was sent to Maj. Gen. Ryan on April 14. The letter details what IAM sees as significant flaws in the Open Season announcement and asked that Maj. Gen. Ryan delay this expedited process. We also asked that he agree to direct the Open Season be reissued through the Federal Register and allow the industry time to comment on several short and long term problems that we see rising from the current Open Season announcement. IAM has also requested a face to face meeting with the SDDC Commander to discuss our concerns.

IAM has yet to receive any response from the SDDC Commander.

Another part of IAM’s strategy is to push SDDC to relook the process through some targeted congressional action. IAM is working with a number of congressional offices as well as key congressional committees with DOD oversight, in order to gain support for our efforts.

IAM is not against SDDC holding an Open Season. However, we are concerned with the speed at which SDDC is pushing this initiative forward and the criteria being used to determine what entities will be allowed to participate. We would just like to see a “level playing field” for all applicants.

It is still unclear what process should be followed by a currently approved Transportation Service Provider (TSP) that may be looking to expand their current scope of operation within the Defense Personal Property Program (DP3). Should they use the same forms as a new applicant or is there a different process for them? Current TSPs should contact SDDC directly to see what process they should be using to apply for a scope expansion.

Interested parties should continue to push forward with any plans they may have to participate in this Open Season process. The closing date for SDDC to accept applications is less than a week away. The Open Season announcement is supplemented by a welcome letter and a TSP Questionnaire, which are both posted on the SDDC website.

We will continue to update the membership regarding our engagement with the SDDC Commander on this issue.

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

Upcoming Webinar on the Receivable Protection Program (RPP) - Mark Your Calendars

Do you have questions about the RPP but just don't have the time to sit down and read through the Operating Rules and Regulations? Do you want to learn more about the effectiveness of this important IAM member benefit and how it works? Join us for a comprehensive look at the RPP and how it serves you on April 27 at 10 am EDT. IAM Programs Director Brian Limperopulos will be joined by special guest John Payne, General Manager of The Eurogroup International Movers, who have generously offered to sponsor this webinar after benefitting from the RPP in 2016. Complete the registration to confirm your participation for this Webinar.

'It'd be devastating': Air Force chief sounds the alarm on how budget cuts will affect you

Squadrons across the Air Force will be grounded. Moves will be put on hold, throwing families into turmoil. New recruits won’t be able to start basic training. Bonuses for critical personnel could be deferred. And that’s just the beginning. More than halfway through fiscal 2017, Congress still hasn’t gotten its act together enough to pass a budget that funds the Air Force and other government agencies.

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U.S. Maritime Industry Stands Behind Jones Act Ruling Letter Changes

The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), representing interests of the domestic maritime industry, has submitted comments strongly in support of the recent U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) notice proposing to revoke previous letter rulings inconsistent with the proper enforcement of coastwise laws, including the Jones Act.

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Foreign National (FN) User Policy for Accessing the Defense Personal Property System (DPS)

For some time now the industry has been aware that the exception that was in place allowing Foreign National users of the Defense Personal Property System (DPS) access to the system without the use of a Digital Certificate/External Certificate Authority (ECA) certificate was being withdrawn.

Initially the industry had been told that the exemption would go away as of October 1, 2017 but in Advisory 17-0090 issued by the Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) on April 6, 2017, the industry was notified that the removal of the exemption is now slated for May 6.

The message goes on to say that, “All FN DPS users who do not hold DoD-issued common access card (CAC) credentials must have the required ECA PKI certificates not later than 06 May 2017, or risk losing access to the DPS.

This is a significant turn of events that threatens to shut out many foreign national users of DPS.

The message also indicates that “FN users will be required to find an authorized DoD employee (ADE) or U.S. government employee as a sponsor.” It has been determined that not all locations have these ADEs available to sponsor foreign nationals wishing to continue accessing DPS beyond May 6. For that reason, IAM has been in constant contact with SDDC trying to final alternatives.

On April 17 IAM participated in a teleconference with SDDC staff on which SDDC indicated they had found an alternative. It was indicated that SDDC had been in discussions with the two entities that issue digital certificates and that they had found there was an alternative method for a foreign national to receive approval for a digital certificate.

SDDC believes there is a way for US-based Transportation Service Providers (TSP) to act as sponsors for the personnel of their foreign agents and this would allow for their approval to obtain the digital certificates.

IdenTrust and Operational Research Consultants (ORC) are the two entities approved by DOD to issue digital certificates. IdenTrust has a program called the Trusted Correspondent Program and ORC has the Registered Authority Agent program that supposedly allow TSPs to act in a sponsorship role for their foreign agent’s personnel. After some basic research and discussion with the two approved entities it appears that the process is not as simple as SDDC led the teleconference participants to believe.

IAM is back in discussions with SDDC and is asking for further clarification on what they believe are viable options for foreign nationals when ADEs are not available in their area. IAM has also asked for an extension of the May 6 deadline. We are currently awaiting on responses to our requests.

IAM will continue to update the membership on this critical issue in the coming weeks, however, any foreign nationals wishing to obtain a digital certificate need to immediately contact their nearest transportation office to determine if there are any approved ADEs in their area.

DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes

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. Contact Carl Weaver.

Advisories

  • ETA message - DPS will have scheduled maintenance and be unavailable 9:00PM CDT on Fri, 28 April until 5:00AM on Sat, 29 April 17

JPPSO-MA TSP/Agent Meeting held April 4, 2017

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 which are going 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.

Sources:  IAM, & SDDC

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.

Trump lifts federal hiring freeze, but jobs will be slowly filled

President Donald Trump will lift his 2-month-old hiring freeze on federal employees Wednesday, but it still could be some time before open posts at the Pentagon and Department of Veterans Affairs get filled.

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Top Highway Authorizers Call for Trust Fund’s Long-Term Fix

An overhaul of tax policy should include a long-term solution for the Highway Trust Fund, the top authorizers of highway projects plan to say to their tax policy counterparts. “Any [Highway Trust Fund] solution should entail a long-term, dedicated, user-based revenue stream that can support the transportation infrastructure investment supported by President Trump and members of Congress from both parties,” Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), chairman and ranking member of the Highways and Transit Subcommittee, wrote in a letter to the leaders of the Ways and Means panel.

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Looming federal budget fight could hit military pay and bonuses

The latest congressional impasse over the federal budget could hit troops’ bonuses starting next month, unless a deal is reached in the next few weeks. Pentagon leaders have been warning lawmakers for weeks that some of their proposed budget fixes could leave military units without enough funds for equipment maintenance, training hours and base programs.

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Pentagon Wrestles with How to Break Up ATL

Like a surgeon planning to separate Siamese twins, Pentagon officials worry how complex the congressional mandated breakup of the acquisition bureaucracy could become. “We understand the challenges (and are) very cognizant of the risk,” acting deputy assistant secretary for research and engineering Mary Miller said.

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