eGov/Mil Newsletter: July 13, 2017

July 12, 2017

In this Issue:

  • DP3 Phase III Message Posted
  • Don’t Forget to Submit Cash Flow & Balance Sheet Info to SDDC by July 14
  • Navy Releases Funds for 14,000 PCS Moves
  • SDDC Continues to Explore the Possibility of Holding PPF in the Scott AFB Area
  • Chao: ‘Hard to Get Consensus’ on Infrastructure Funding Plan
  • Panels demand billions more for defense than Trump requested
  • DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes
  • House panel votes to split Air Force, create new U.S. Space Corps
  • Labor Department Moves to Revise Overtime Rule

DP3 Phase III Message Posted

The following message was posted to the SDDC website on June 22. This is the first official SDDC announcement that provides a specific date, April 2018, for beginning the transition of the Non-Temporary Storage (NTS) program to the Defense Personal Property System (DPS) and the Defense Personal Property Program (DP3). This transition is known as “Phase III” of the DP3.

SDDC message:

Phase III- The DP3 Non-Temporary Storage (NTS) Program transition to the Defense Personal Property System (DPS).

The non-temporary storage (NTS) Program and the Storage-Intransit (SIT) Storage Facility Qualifications transition will be the first of the Phase III implementation in the DPS.

The Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) Storage Management Office (SMO) provides NTS program administration and oversight of approximately 3,400 storage facilities supporting 117 Military Service shipping offices in accordance with the Defense Transportation Regulation (DTR).

The first stage of Phase III will be the transition of the Non-Temporary Storage (NTS) Program to the Defense Personal Property System (DPS).  In conjunction, the storage in-transit (SIT) Facility Qualifications will transition to an automated process in DPS.

The Department of Defense (DOD) NTS Program and SIT storage facility Qualifications is tentatively scheduled to begin transition to the DPS starting in April 2018.  This transition may take up to 18 months to complete.  DPS user training will be offered to NTS/SIT providers prior to the scheduled implementation. 

Additionally, the implementation of Direct Procurement Method (DPM) Program in theDPS will complete Phase III of DP3.

Details of DPS user training will be disseminated at a later date.

For more information on Phase III, periodically review the “What’s New!” area of the SDDC public website at https://www.sddc.army.mil/pp/Pages/default.aspx 

Send questions regarding Phase III to:  usarmy.scott.sddc.mbx.ppty@mail.mil.

Sources: SDDC & IAM

Don’t Forget to Submit Cash Flow & Balance Sheet Info to SDDC by July 14

SDDC issued Advisory 17-0117 dated June 23 indicating that many TSPs did not include the newly required documents with their annual financial document submissions. The newly required documents are a copy of the balance sheet and statement of cash flows.

The advisory states:

SDDC Regulation 55-4, dated 18 May 2016, states TSP’s must provide a copy of the balance sheet and statement of cash flows from the most recent fiscal year-end reviewed or audited financial statements to the qualifications organizational box at usarmy.scott.sddc.mbx.pp-quality@mail.mil within 150 days of fiscal year-end.

TSP’s that currently have a fiscal year-end date of December 31 and have submitted their financials in DPS by 31 May 17, but have not provided their balance sheet and statement of cash flows document, are being given an extension until 14 Jul 17 to submit these or risk being placed in a non-use status.

TSPs that have fiscal years that end on December 31 and have submitted their financial reports without a copy of the balance sheet and statement of cash flows must submit those documents on or before July 14 or possibly face severe punitive action, including the possibility of being placed in non-use, by SDDC.

Sources: SDDC & IAM

Navy Releases Funds for 14,000 PCS Moves

The U.S. Navy has indicated that funding for approximately 14,000 Permanent Change of Station (PCS) moves has been released and orders will be issued in the coming months. These moves will take place before the end of the fiscal year (September 30, 2017).

The Navy reported that “Letters of Intent” have already been send to 14,000 Navy members, indicating that orders will be issued for Permanent Changes of Station in short order. The real question is exactly when these moves will take place. The general feeling is that many of these moves will take place starting in late July and August as people hope to get their families situated before the new school year begins. Again, this is all predicated on how quickly the actual orders are pushed out.

Until orders are received by the military members their moves cannot be booked in DPS.

Sources: US Navy & IAM

SDDC Continues to Explore the Possibility of Holding PPF in the Scott AFB Area

The SDDC has set a tentative date for the Fall Personal Property Forum. This year's meeting will be held on Sept. 19. However, SDDC has not yet announced a location for this year's meeting. Initially the meeting was scheduled to be held in the Washington DC area but SDDC is reconsidering due to the high cost of hotel and meeting space in DC.

SDDC is now considering options around Scott Air Force Base. SDDC has received some pushback from the Military Services regarding this option as they see this as s shift in costs from SDDC to the Services. It will be difficult for all the services to send representatives out to the Scott area due to the current constraints in their travel budgets.

No final decision has been made yet. IAM will update the location details as soon as they are made available.

Sources: IAM & SDDC

Chao: ‘Hard to Get Consensus’ on Infrastructure Funding Plan

Identifying the most viable source of long-term funding for infrastructure projects nationwide is an elusive task, the country’s top transportation officer explained last week at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Responding to whether the Trump administration would endorse an increase in fuel taxes, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao emphasized myriad challenges with adopting a single long-term funding fix for infrastructure, such as increasing fuel taxes.

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Panels demand billions more for defense than Trump requested

The GOP-controlled Congress has taken the lead on one of President Donald Trump’s key campaign promises, pressing for tens of billions of dollars more for active-duty troops, combat aircraft, and ships that he didn’t request. The House and Senate will begin to consider defense budget blueprints crafted by their respective Armed Services committees after the July 4 recess. Both panels approved plans late Wednesday for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1

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DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes

Army Introduces New Document Upload System

After some miscommunication between Ft Hood, Texas, the U.S. Army, and some within industry, it appears that a new document imaging system is now available for us by the industry. It is a voluntary system called DACS.

The web portal can be used to electronically submit documents that are required for billing purposes to the Army Personal Property Shipping Offices. At this point TSPs are not required to utilize the system, but it is available should they elect to use it.

For more information on the system, TSPs should contact an Army JPPSO.

JPPSO-MA Updates Shipment Forecasting Data

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 July 11.

REAL ID Extension Update

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on December 20, 2013 a phased enforcement plan for the REAL ID Act, as passed by Congress. Currently approximately 90% of all U.S. drivers hold licenses from jurisdictions: (1) determined to meet the Act’s standards; or (2) that have received extensions. Individuals holding driver’s licenses or identification cards from these jurisdiction may continue to use them as before. Non-compliant states have been given an extension until Oct. 10.

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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 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, US Army & SDDC

House panel votes to split Air Force, create new U.S. Space Corps

As part of its version of the 2018 Defense authorization bill, the House Armed Services Committee voted late Wednesday night to create a sixth branch of the U.S. armed forces: the U.S. Space Corps, which would absorb the Air Force’s current space missions.

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Labor Department Moves to Revise Overtime Rule

The Labor Department signaled this week that it may move to scale back the Obama-era rule expanding overtime eligibility that has been on hold for months. The department on Tuesday sent a formal Request for Information on the rule to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Once OMB reviews the request and it’s published, the public will have a chance to submit comments on the rule, which would more than double the salary at which employees must be paid overtime, from $23,660 to about $47,500.

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