eGov/Mil Newsletter: June 16, 2017
In this Issue:
- Real-ID & Base Access Updates
- Expansion of the Short-Fuse Window for the 2017 Peak Season
- SDDC Announces Fall Personal Property Forum Dates
- JPPSO-MA Updates Shipment Forecasting Data
- SDDC Makes Base Access Information Tool Available
- Mattis Warns on Afghan Fight, Criticizes Congress in Testimony
- Jim Mattis invades Capitol Hill this week
- DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes
- Emails to IAM are bouncing back? We have a solution!
- Philly Shipyard to build up to four new container-cargo ships for two IAM members
- FMCSA Announces Pair of Proposals to Help the Military and Driver Shortage
- Trump administration rescinds Obama-era memo interpreting owner-operators as employees
The Real ID Act of 2005 is an Act of the U.S. Congress that modifies U.S. federal law pertaining to security, authentication, and issuance procedures standards for the state driver's licenses and identity documents.
The law sets forth requirements for state driver's licenses and ID cards to be accepted by the federal government for official purposes, as defined by the Secretary of the United States Department of Homeland Security. The Secretary of Homeland Security has currently defined "official purposes" as boarding commercially operated airline flights and entering federal buildings (including DOD installations) and nuclear power plants.
About one-half of states have complied with the federal regulation but a significant number have fallen short of the mandate. The non-compliant states fall into three categories:
- States with Approved Extensions through October 10, 2017
- States that were scheduled to fall into non-compliance on June 6, 2017 but have received a Grace period through July 6, 2017
- Completely Non-compliant states
Transportation Service Providers (TSP) and their agents should monitor this situation very carefully. The status of each state with regards to the Real-ID mandate will determine if a crewmember’s driver’s license will be accepted when trying to access military installations.
New Navy Base Access Program
The Navy issued the following information a few months ago:
Navy bases will begin transitioning from Navy Commercial Access Control System (aka Rapid Gate) to Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS) beginning April 17, 2017 at Hawaii, Guam and Continental United States (CONUS).
Recently a number of questions regarding the DBIDS have been raised to the Navy and IAM has been asked to disseminate the following:
MARINE CORPS IS NOT UTILIZING DBIDS at this time
1) companies need to provide a list of personnel who need "continuous" base access to the local HHG office
2) HHG POC will validate need and forward to the Pass and ID officials
3) personnel then go to Pass and ID office to obtain DBIDS ID
4) if no continuous base access needed, personnel go to Pass and ID with all the required information/docs and receive temporary pass
NOTE: this would normally be the line haul driver/crew
Slides from the 2017 Virtual Navy Industry Days have further information regarding the DBIDS program.
Sources: IAM, DHS & Navy
For the last few weeks, Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) and the military services have been holding conversations regarding the possible expansion of the Defense Personal Property Program (DP3) Short Fuse criteria from five days to 10 days. This is a discussion that has gone on during each of the last three to four Peak Seasons.
The discussions centered around whether to expand the short fuse window, if expanded when should the expansion begin and how long should the expansion last.
After a conference call with the military services, SDDC decided that short fuse criteria should be expanded to 10 days beginning June 16 and will continue through shipments picking up June 30.
Effective June 26, SDDC will start reducing the number of short-fuse days from 10 government business days (GBDs) back to the normal five GBDs, one day at a time, so that on June 30 the normal 5 GBDs short-fuse window will be in effect.
The full Expansion of the Short-Fuse Window for the 2017 Peak Season was issued June 15.
Sources: IAM & SDDC
SDDC Announces Fall Personal Property Forum Dates
The SDDC has set a tentative date for the Fall Personal Property Forum. This year's meeting will be held on Sept. 19 in the Washington, D.C., area. The SDDC has not yet announced a location for this year's meeting and they have not yet formalized a contract with a venue. IAM will update the location details as soon as they are made available.
Sources: IAM & SDDC
The Mid-Atlantic Joint Personal Property Shipping Office (JPPSO-MA) located at Fort Belvoir, Va. has provided IAM an updated spreadsheet containing information on all shipments currently in their database which will be awarded in the coming months. This spreadsheet was last updated on June 6.
The plan is for JPPSO-MA to update the spreadsheet on a regular basis so that the industry will have the ability to do some shipment volume forecasting for the entire JPPSO-MA area of operation.
IAM will continue to post the updates as soon they become available.
JPPSO-MA has also provided a list of shipments that they are trying to find coverage for in their area of responsibility. These shipments have June pickups but JPPSO-MA has been unable to find any TSPs with the capacity to handle these shipments. JPPSO-MA is asking that TSPs review the spreadsheet and contact Mr. Dennis Beougher, Chief, Personal Property Management Division at JPPSO-MA if you are able to assist with any of these shipments.
Sources: JPPSO-MA & IAM
The SDDC has issued an advisory stating that Personal Property TSPs may gain access to the Transportation Facilities Guide (TFG) by logging into their Electronic Transportation Acquisition (ETA) account and then clicking on the "Request Additional Applications" link on the left of the horizontal menu bar. TSPs can select Global Freight Management (GFM) as an additional application and then choose the "Carrier-TFG Only" user role.
For more information on requesting additional applications, contact the ETA Help Desk SDDC Help Desk at (618) 220-6904 or SDDC G3, AMSSD-OPT-P, at (618) 220-6529.
Note: This access does not preclude installations from implementing random access measures.
Sources: SDDC & IAM
Mattis Warns on Afghan Fight, Criticizes Congress in Testimony
Defense Secretary James Mattis warned lawmakers that the U.S. isn’t winning the war in Afghanistan and he criticized Congress for treating the Pentagon’s budget “with lassitude, not leadership.”
Jim Mattis invades Capitol Hill this week
In an odd scheduling quirk, the secretary of defense will appear before before congressional committees four consecutive days this week. Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford is set to accompany him for each event, including an unusual 7 p.m. hearing Monday before the House Armed Services Committee. The focus of each of the hearings is President Trump’s controversial $603 billion defense budget proposal, which would boost military funding but also bust spending caps put in place by Congress seven years ago.
DP3/DPS System Response Center Experiences Telephone Issues
The SDDC System Response Center/Helpdesk announced on Thursday June 15 that they were experiencing telephone issues that did not allow users to connect with the SRC. SDDC issued the following message late in the afternoon on June 15.
Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen.
For widest dissemination--please pass to all customers as appropriate.
The SDDC SRC is experiencing telephone issues. Currently, callers attempting to contact the help desk will receive a fast-busy signal. There is no estimated time of repair.
Until the issues are resolved, please encourage users to report incidents as follows:
b. Internet: https://src.service-now.com/src
Early Friday morning, June 16, SDDC announced that the problem had been corrected!
SDDC Weekly Peak Season Slides
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.
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.
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, AMSA & SDDC
Emails to IAM are bouncing back? We have a solution!
From time to time we hear from members that our email server bounces messages back to them. We assure you that it is never personal, and is an automated process. All the same, it can be frustrating, especially if you are not in the USA and have to call internationally to get something resolved. We have another solution. If your emails bounce, let us know at email@example.com so we can fix the problem and restore normal communications. Contact Carl Weaver.
Philly Shipyard to build up to four new container-cargo ships for two IAM members
Philly Shipyard announced Thursday that it will build up to four new container ships and is in “advanced discussions” to create a new cargo shipping line to provide transpacific service between the West Coast and Hawaii.
FMCSA Announces Pair of Proposals to Help the Military and Driver Shortage
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on June 9 announced two proposed rules, one that would allow states to issue a commercial learner’s permit for up to one year, and the other a waiver that would help ease the transition for members of the military to become commercial truck and bus drivers.
Trump administration rescinds Obama-era memo interpreting owner-operators as employees
The Trump administration on Wednesday rescinded a 2015 memo issued by the Labor Department that changed the interpretation of federal wage and hour laws regarding owner-operators’ employment status.