eGov/Mil Newsletter: Sep. 22, 2017

September 22, 2017

In this Issue:

  • Open Season
  • USTC Holds 2017 Personal Property Forum
  • 2017 Annual Meeting Schedule at a Glance Updated
  • DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes
  • IAM Mobile 24/7 App Launched
  • Important Webinar: Do you ship HHG in or out of the USA? Make sure you are not breaking the law!
  • Emails to IAM are bouncing back? We have a solution!

Open Season

The U.S. Transportation Command has initiated a new Open Season. New Applicants have one month, Sept. 13 through Oct. 13, to forward an application to try and become a DOD approved Transportation Service Provider (TSP).

Details of the criteria to be used to evaluate applications can be found on the Federal Business Opportunities (FEDBIZOPPS) website.

Interested parties should review this Solicitation as quickly as possible to determine if they meet the proposed criteria.

Some of the key criteria are:

  • New entrant applications will be accepted for the following origin rate areas: Virginia, Maryland, Arizona, Georgia, South Carolina, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Kansas, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Kentucky, California (n), California (s), Tennessee, Texas (n), Washington, New York, Colorado, and Florida (n). Accepted new entrants will be able to file rates from the Origin Rate Areas identified above to all Regions in the lower 48 states (322 of 833 channels).

IAM has clarified that any newly approved TSPs will only be approved to file rates from the individual Origin Rate Areas for which they have been approved toall Regions in the lower 48 states (322 of 833 channels).

  • Currently approved TSPs will be able to expand their current scope to only the Interstate or Intrastate channels stated above.
  • New entrant applicants must be a Motor Carrier.

This means that a Freight Forwarder will NOT be able to participate in this Open Season. IAM has already formally written to U.S. Transportation Command objecting to this requirement.

  • New entrant applicants must have a suitable warehouse (not shared with a TSP currently in the program) and equipment in-rate area/bordering rate area.

New applicants in rate areas bordering the named origin rate areas ARE eligible to participate in the Open Season.

There are a number of other significant criteria beyond the one listed above. All interested parties are highly encouraged to read the Open Season solicitation carefully to ensure they meet all of the criteria before moving through the application process.

IAM encourages prospective applicants to direct any questions you may have to U.S. Transportation Command (USTC) - usarmy.soctt.sddc.mbx.pp-quality@mail.mil, or (618) 220-5775 or (618) 220-5407

Sources: USTC & IAM

USTC Holds 2017 Personal Property Forum

On Sept. 19, the new consolidated office for personal property, which now falls under the control of the U.S. Transportation Command (USTC), held the annual gathering of all of the stakeholders involved in the Defense Personal Property Program (DP3) known as the Personal Property forum (PPF) in O’Fallon, IL.

Transportation Service Providers (TSP), approved Agents, companies interested in participating in DP3, representatives from all of the military services, Military Claims Office (MCO) officials and a myriad of other groups made up the approximately 250 -300 attendees.

The meeting was highlighted by the appearance of the USTC Commander, Gen. Darren W. McDew. McDew, a 4-star general, now is directly responsible for DP3 and made it very clear with his comments that he considers the program a critical element under his command. He will have direct oversight of the program and plans to monitor it closely as it effects every individual serving in the military and their families.

Gen. McDew’s comments homed in on the Defense Personal Property System (DPS). He believes it is time to upgrade that system and make it mobile and more user friendly. He has already brought in new group, the Defense Digital Services (DDS), to begin the process of revamping and modernizing the IT system that supports DP3. He is looking for significant changes and is pushing for the changes to be made as quickly as possible.

The fact that Gen. McDew took time out of his schedule to speak directly to PPF attendees sends a very strong signal that Personal Property is high on his list of priorities.

The key discussion items covered over the full day of discussions included:

  • A review of the 2017 Peak Season metrics with a focus on shipment volume, capacity issues, short fuse shipments, Code 2 utilization and issues surrounding shipment delivery.
  • The 2017 and 2018 Open Seasons
  • Unusual occurrences, particularly as it has related to recent hurricanes and the associated communication regarding those the storms.
  • Proposed changes to the 2018 International Tender and 400NG Tariff which include, among others:
    • Consideration for compensation for “Waiting Time” due to extended wait times by industry crews needing entry onto military installations.
    • Removal of the “Bulky” article designation for kayaks less than 14 feet long.
    • Removed the preapproval requirement for Item 210A, 210B, 210C and 210F
    • Removed requirement for TSP to notify destination PPSO when COS D is packed as COS 2
    • Updating of the Special Solicitation Channels
  • These proposed changes are not yet final. The industry still has an opportunity to comment on the proposed changes, in writing, through Sept. 26.
  • Base Access
  • Possible rewrite to the entire Defense Transportation Regulation, Part IV, with an immediate focus on Chapters 406 and the Tender of Service (Appendix B).
  • DPS status update as well as a look to the future for the current state of DPS.
  • Quality Assurance program update
    • Punitive Action review
    • Missed RDD Analysis
    • Customer Satisfaction Survey review

A complete set of PPF Slides are now available on the IAM website.

Most of the feedback from attendees that has been received thus far has been mostly positive. They key issues were discussed and the industry viewpoint was received loud and clear by the consolidated office for personal property (USTC J4-H) personnel.

Some significant changes are in the offing for DP3 in the form of updates to DPS, the annual Solicitations, an Open Season and the DTR. Industry must remain vigilant and continue to make our voices heard so that any changes do not result in negative effects for the industry stakeholders.

Sources: IAM

2017 Annual Meeting Schedule at a Glance Updated

IAM has updated its 2017 Annual Meeting Schedule at a Glance on the Annual Meeting website. The updated schedule provides greater detail on the content for each of the education sessions as well as room assignments.

You will also find a few additional offerings that have been added to the schedule.

IAM highly encourages you to review the updated Schedule at a Glance.

Sources: IAM

DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes

50/50 Claims with the Army MCOs

International military TSPs should start sending Army 50/50 claims to new Army Claims Center at Fort Knox- usarmy.knox.hqda-otjag.mbx.cpcs@mail.mil

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 Mobile 24/7 App Launched

IAM has launched a new version of its mobile app. IAM Mobile 24/7 is a year-round app with all the critical information users need to stay connected with IAM's most popular information offerings. If you had already downloaded the IAM Events app, you do not need to download anything new. It should be updated through your mobile device's store and you will automatically have the newest version. Don't have it yet? Get it on the Google Play or iPhone/iPad App Store. Contact Carl Weaver.

Important Webinar: Do you ship HHG in or out of the USA? Make sure you are not breaking the law!

Join IAM on September 27 at 11 am EDT to learn more about the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) and how they regulate the global moving and mobility industry. If your company quotes door to door shipments either to or from the U.S., this is a must-attend session to ensure that it is not targeted for non-compliance by the FMC.   In addition, the FMC will discuss what dispute resolution services are available for IAM Members who have issues with customers or other service providers in the maritime supply chain.

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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.