eGov/Mil Newsletter: Aug. 11, 2017

August 11, 2017

In this Issue:

  • IAM Annual Meeting Program is Shaping Up
  • Effects of the “Wanna Cry” Virus on Maersk Shipping & DOD HHG Traffic
  • SDDC to Hold the PPF in the Scott AFB Area
  • Navy Reverses Course on Shortened PCS Notice Times After Bungled Budget Request
  • West Coast Ports, Longshoremen Ratify Contract Extension to 2022
  • DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes
  • Emails to IAM are bouncing back? We have a solution!
  • No Names for FMCSA Top Post Nominee, Sen. Thune Says
  • Senate confirms Trump's Navy secretary, seven other Pentagon nominees
  • Senate panel approves funding boost for Transportation Department

IAM Annual Meeting Program is Shaping Up

The 2017 IAM Annual Meeting program is shaping up to be one of the liveliest in recent memory. IAM has received tentative commitments from well over 20 key government personnel involved in the movement of domestic and international household goods for U.S. government personnel.

Individuals from U.S. Transportation Command, the newly established Department of Defense (DOD) Consolidated Office for Personal Property, the Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC), all of the U.S. Air Force Joint Property Shipping Offices (JPPSO), the U.S. Navy, The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), GSA Audits, the U.S. Department of State, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the U.S. Army and Air Force Military Claims Offices all have been invited and have indicated their intention to participate at the Annual Meeting.

This year’s Annual Meeting government program will kick off on Tuesday October 10:

10:30 am - 11:30 am Knowledge Lab - The Future of DOD Moving

IAM Senior VP Charles "Carnac" White will tell the future of DOD moving with the help of his crystal ball, followed by a panel presentation by a group Air Force Joint Personal Property Shipping Office (JPPSO) Commanders:

  • Lt Col Todd Dyer, Commander, JPPSO-NC
  • Lt Col Brent Tschikof, Commander, JPPSO-NE
  • Major Tom Reynolds, Commander, JPPSO, SC


Wednesday October 11

8:30 am - 10:30 am Risk Management and Claims Panel Discussion
This year the panel will consist of individuals from both the U.S. DOD household goods world and the commercial sector. Information will be shared regarding many new initiatives that are moving forward within DOD as well as some issues critical to those involved in commercial business. This can't-miss panel will have something to offer for entities involved in any sector of the household goods business.

Invited participants:

  • Mr Keith Well, Chief, US Army Claims Service
  • Mr James Reese, Chief, US Air Force Claims Service Center
  • Mr Kevin Spealman, Vice President Claims & Customer Service, National Claims Service


We also have participation on the panel from the Risk Management and Cyber Security arenas.

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Military and Government Affairs Panel

This is historically the most highly attended business session of the IAM Annual Meeting. This year should be no different. Leaders from every aspect of U.S. government household goods business will discuss the key issues they are currently dealing with within their agency. For anyone involved in or interested in getting involved in U.S. government business, this panel is required participation.

Invited participants:

  • Lt Col Todd Jensen, SDDC Director of Personal Property
  • Col Ralph Lounsbrough, newly appointed Director of the Consolidated Office for Personal Property
  • Lt Col Nadine Landrum, Program Manager for the Defense Personal Property System
  • Ms. Tricia Hoover, Branch Chief, Transportation Management, U.S. Department of State
  • Col Clifford Altizer, Commander, Air Force Personal Property Activity Headquarters
  • Ms. Kim Chancellor, Traffic Management Specialist, GSA Employee Relocation Resource Center (ERRC)


1:30 pm - 4:00 pm Special Session
Part 1: Special Guest Speaker: Mario Cordero, Executive Director of the Port of LA/Long Beach and Former Chair of the FMC

The Honorable Mario Cordero will be on hand to discuss the activities of the U.S.'s largest port and how changes to the maritime industry, such as shipping line consolidation and the widening of the Panama Canal, are affecting movers and our customers. Combined with his former role as the Chairman of the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), Mr. Cordero has been personally involved in setting the course for many issues affecting our industry - this is a session you will not want to miss!

Part 2: Everything You Wanted to Know but Didn't Have Time to Ask
The second half of the Special Session will be devoted to a Q & A follow-up to the Military & Government Affairs Panel. All the panelist will reassemble and take questions from the audience. This will be your chance to ask the decision makers all the questions you need addressed.

A number of other government attendees, not specifically noted, will be in attendance at the IAM 2017 Annual meeting and will be available to engage with attendees one on one.

This year’s IAM Annual Meeting is a can’t-miss event for anyone involved in U.S. government business or wishing to find out how to become involved in those lines of business.

Sources: SDDC & IAM

Effects of the “Wanna Cry” Virus on Maersk Shipping & DOD HHG Traffic

In late June, the “Wanna Cry” computer virus struck many organizations around the globe. One of those infected was Maersk Lines, the world's largest container shipping company.

This virus caused significant problems for Maersk and its customers. Issues with corrupted data cause some issues with locating containers, misrouting of containers and container movement in general.

The recovery process from this virus continues while Maersk works with its customers to bring their operations back to normality.

Because of this issue, many Transportation Service Providers (TSP) in the DOD program have found that some of their shipments have been delayed or misrouted, and missed RDDs and Inconvenience Claims have been incurred.

IAM has been involved in discussions with SDDC and U.S. Transportation Command to seek relief for TSPs, as we believe that these issues have occurred through no fault of Transportation Service Providers.

SDDC issued Advisory 17-130 on Aug. 4 that provides very little in the way of a remedy for TSPs regarding this issue.

IAM continues to look review possible avenues that may be able to provide some relief to our membership.

Sources: SDDC & IAM

SDDC to Hold the PPF in the Scott AFB Area

The SDDC has scheduled the Fall Personal Property Forum (PPF) in the Scott AFB area on Sept. 19.

They announced in Advisory 17-0130 that the PPF will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn and The Regency Conference Center, 400 Regency Park, O’Fallon, IL 62269.

The PPF will begin promptly at 8:00 AM Central Daylight Time (CDT) and conclude at 4:30 PM CDT.

SDDC has also issued a call to submit topics for this event, please send your input, slides, or any combination(s) to not later than Friday, 18 August 2017.

IAM and AMSA will hold an industry “Pre-PPF” meeting from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. CDT the day before the PPF (September 18) at the same venue. Please plan your travel accordingly.

Sources: IAM & SDDC

Navy Reverses Course on Shortened PCS Notice Times After Bungled Budget Request

After shortening permanent change of station notice for sailors and their families to just eight weeks, the Navy has requested additional funding to lengthen that time to up to six months.

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West Coast Ports, Longshoremen Ratify Contract Extension to 2022

West Coast longshoremen at 29 ports in California, Oregon and Washington ratified a three-year contract extension with the Pacific Maritime Association on Aug. 4, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union announced. The current agreement was set to expire July 1, 2019. The newly approved three-year pact will extend the expiration to July 1, 2022.

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DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes

SDDC Weekly Peak Season Teleconference Slides –8/10/17

Recalculation of Customer Satisfaction Survey (CSS) Scores for the 1 October to 31 December 2017 Performance Period - Update 17-0131

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.

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 & 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 so we can fix the problem and restore normal communications. Contact Carl Weaver.

No Names for FMCSA Top Post Nominee, Sen. Thune Says

The Senate Commerce Committee’s approval on Aug. 2 of Steven Bradbury’s nomination for general counsel at the U.S. Department of Transportation was a step forward in staffing up Secretary Elaine Chao’s leadership team.

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Senate confirms Trump's Navy secretary, seven other Pentagon nominees

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Richard V. Spencer to be the new Navy secretary, along with seven other civilians to fill key positions at the Pentagon. The approval more than doubles the number of nominees confirmed for Pentagon positions, bringing the total to 15.

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Senate panel approves funding boost for Transportation Department

A Senate panel approved a funding boost for the Department of Transportation (DOT) on Thursday, moving ahead with spending plans that reject what President Trump had envisioned for the agency. The Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously backed legislation that would provide nearly $19.5 billion in discretionary funding for the DOT in fiscal 2018 — which is $978 million above current levels and nearly $3.3 billion more than what Trump requested.

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