eGov/Mil Newsletter: Aug. 25, 2017

August 25, 2017

In this Issue:

  • IAM Meets with New Director of the Consolidated Office for Personal Property
  • TODAY is the Last Day to Register for the 2017 IAM Annual Meeting and be Included in the Program Book!
  • Effects of the Computer Virus that Infected Maersk Shipping Continue to Plague DOD HHG Traffic
  • Maersk Says June Cyberattack Will Cost It Up to $300 Million
  • SDDC to Hold the PPF in the Scott AFB Area
  • Keppel's U.S. Yard to Build Pasha's LNG Container Ships
  • Little Known Bill on ELDs Quietly Gaining Supporters in US House
  • DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes
  • IAM Events App to become IAM Mobile 24/7
  • Emails to IAM are bouncing back? We have a solution!
  • How hackers are targeting the shipping industry
  • TOTE Launching Jones Act Shipping Service to Hawaii with Philly-Built Containerships
  • Senate panel approves funding boost for Transportation Department

IAM Meets with New Director of the Consolidated Office for Personal Property

On Aug. 23, IAM Senior Vice President Charles White met for almost two hours with Col. Ralph Lounsbrough, the new director of the recently formed Consolidated Office for Personal Property.

This new office was officially targeted to begin operation on October 1, 2017 but Col. Lounsbrough indicated that just this week he declared Initial Operating Capability (IOC) for the new organization. The organization combines the old Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) Personal Property Directorate, the Defense Personal Property System (DPS) Program Management Office and the aspects of the U.S. Transportation Command’s J-5/4 Directorate (Policy & Logistics) that deals with the Defense Transportation Regulations (DTR) Part IV.

The Consolidated Office will operate as a division of U.S. Transportation (USTRANSCOM) Command’s J-5/4 Directorate with a direct chain of command leading to the USTRANSCOM Commander.

Now that IOC has been declared, What’s next?

It appears that improving DPS is one of Col. Lounsbrough’s top priorities. A number of groups have been contracted to conduct a full review of the DPS end-to-end processes. One of the groups, the Defense Digital Services (DDS), is also looking at ways to improve the DPS architecture, and move the infrastructure to the cloud, to improve the testing DPS environment and to streamline the process of bringing new functionality to the system.

All the significant pieces for the new Consolidated Office currently remain in their old locations. The goal is to eventually co-locate all the groups together in a single location but that goal may be a little more difficult than was previously envisioned. The group will remain at Scott AFB but no suitable location has yet been identified. It seems it may be as much as 12 months before bringing the entire group together will be possible.

Col. Lounsbrough indicated that he will be attending all or part of the 2017 IAM Annual Meeting. This will be one of his first opportunities to meet face to face with the industry providers that service the DOD household goods program. It is his hope to be able to outline his vision for the new office during that meeting.

IAM is encouraged by this reorganization of all the Defense Personal Property Program’s (DP3) moving parts. This new structure will allow IAM to advocate for change with one single entity and will allow DOD to speak with one voice regarding all aspects of the program.

We look forward to a more complete understanding of the direction that the Consolidated Office for Personal Property will take DP3 in the near and long term. Hopefully that vision will begin to come into focus at the 2017 IAM Annual Meeting.

Sources: USTRANSCOM & IAM

TODAY is the Last Day to Register for the 2017 IAM Annual Meeting and be Included in the Program Book!

Friday is your LAST CHANCE to register for the 2017 IAM Annual Meeting and get your name into the Program Book and the IAM Mobile App so that people know you are attending the Annual Meeting!

The deadline to register and have your name included in the program book is TODAY, Friday, August 25. Don't miss your final opportunity to be listed in the book and in the mobile app that members use to find you onsite and stay in touch with you all year long - make sure that your colleagues see that you are there!

Register Now

Exhibitor and Sponsor Information

All information about the 2017 IAM Annual Meeting can be found in one place:

www.IAMmeetings.com

Sources: IAM

Effects of the Computer Virus that Infected Maersk Shipping Continue to Plague 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 continue to cause issues with locating containers, the 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. One of the areas where we continue to see issues is in Spain. However, many other areas of the world continue to see problems.

IAM continues to be in discussions with SDDC and U.S. Transportation Command in an effort to keep DOD updated regarding the continuing problems resulting from the viral attack and to seek relief for TSPs, as we believe that these issues have occurred through no fault of Transportation Service Providers.

Sources: SDDC & IAM

Maersk Says June Cyberattack Will Cost It Up to $300 Million

A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S said a cyberattack that hit the owner of the world’s biggest container shipping company at the end of June will wipe as much as $300 million off profits in the third quarter. The announcement was made in connection with second-quarter earnings, which showed Maersk missed analyst estimates after taking a writedown at the tankers unit that’s part of the energy business management has said it wants to get rid of.

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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 army.sddc.safb.ppcf@mail.mil 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

Keppel's U.S. Yard to Build Pasha's LNG Container Ships

Keppel AmFELS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine located in Texas in the U.S., has secured a contract worth more than $400m from Honolulu-based Pasha Hawaii for the construction of two LNG-fueled container ships. The dual fuel LNG vessels will be built to Keppel's proprietary design with delivery of the first vessel expected in the first quarter of 2020, and the second vessel in the third quarter of 2020.

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Little Known Bill on ELDs Quietly Gaining Supporters in US House

A U.S. House of Representatives bill that would delay the December mandate for electronic logging devices is quietly gaining co-sponsors despite lacking support from congressional Republican leaders, a committee of jurisdiction and most of the trucking industry.

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DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes

SDDC Advisories

 

DP3 Mean Scores for Oct 1, 2017 Performance Period

Mean scores for 1 October to 31 December 2017 are:

dHHG 86.58

iHHG 84.67

iUB 87.51

OTO 78.83

 

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

IAM Events App to become IAM Mobile 24/7

The IAM Events App will soon become IAM Mobile 24/7. Currently, the app is used to communicate with members at the Annual Meeting and other events, but is undergoing some changes that will make it a year-round tool for our members. It is transforming from an event app to an association app. The new version will still have event information, but it will also have links to the most important and popular information we know you need at the tip of your fingers: Country Guides, member directory, industry news, newsletters, and other important information.

The new version of the app is expected to roll out in the next few weeks, so you can get used to it before the Annual Meeting and Expo in Long Beach. If you already use the app, all you have to do to take advantage of the new features is to update it when the update appears in the Google Play or Apple store. If you have not downloaded it yet, search in your app store for the IAM Events app.

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 iamoversinc@gmail.com so we can fix the problem and restore normal communications. Contact Carl Weaver.

How hackers are targeting the shipping industry

When staff at CyberKeel investigated email activity at a medium-sized shipping firm, they made a shocking discovery. "Someone had hacked into the systems of the company and planted a small virus," explains co-founder Lars Jensen. "They would then monitor all emails to and from people in the finance department." Whenever one of the firm's fuel suppliers would send an email asking for payment, the virus simply changed the text of the message before it was read, adding a different bank account number.

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TOTE Launching Jones Act Shipping Service to Hawaii with Philly-Built Containerships

TOTE Maritime has emerged as the mystery shipping company who has signed a Letter of Intent for the construction of up to four containerships at Philly Shipyard for a new Jones Act shipping service between the U.S. mainland and Hawaii. TOTE announced its plan to establish the new Hawaii service on Thursday, providing details on both the new containerships as well as its effort to secure terminal space in Honolulu.

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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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