eGov/Mil Newsletter: Oct. 5, 2017

October 05, 2017

In this Issue:

  • IAM Annual Meeting U.S. Government Program
  • Your IAM member directory has just gotten a whole lot better - meet Mobility Exchange
  • GSA Increases IFF to 3.5% and Extends Current Rates
  • GSA Releases GSA500A-2017 & Request for Offers
  • Household Goods and Vehicle Shipment Programs for Department of Defense Consolidated Under U.S. Transportation Command
  • PCS shift: TRANSCOM targets ‘clunky’ Move.mil, may try to spread out busy summer season
  • Open Season Window Closes Soon
  • DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes
  • FMCSA Plans to Reduce Annual Carrier Registration Fees
  • Missed IAM's Webinar on FMC Regulations? No Problem - View the Webinar and Presentations on the IAM Website
  • Trump Waives Jones Act to Speed Up Aid Shipments to Puerto Rico
  • Massive defense bill awaits funding fight in Congress
  • White House Nominates N.J. Official Ray Martinez for Chief Post at FMCSA

IAM Annual Meeting U.S. Government Program

The 2017 IAM Annual Meeting opens on Monday and the portion of the program dedicated to U.S. government business is shaping up to be one of the liveliest in recent memory. Almost 25 key government decision-makers involved in the movement of household goods for U.S. government personnel will be in attendance.

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), the Bureau of Fiscal Services, and the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force Military Claims Offices all will be attending 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 of Air Force Joint Personal Property Shipping Office (JPPSO) Commanders/Deputies:

  • Lt Col Todd Dyer, Commander, JPPSO-NC
  • Mr Russell DePietro, Deputy Commander, JPPSO-NE
  • Major Tom Reynolds, Commander, JPPSO, SC

 

Wednesday October 11

8:30 am - 10:30 am Risk Management & Claims Panel Discussion 
This year the Risk Management & Claims Panel will consist of individuals from both the U.S. DOD household goods world and the commercial sector. Information will be shared regarding a number of 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.

Participants:

  • Moderator – Mr John Burrows, IAM Executive Committee Member-at-Large, President DeWitt Move Worldwide
  • Mr Keith Well, Chief, US Army Claims Service
  • Mr James Reese, Chief, US Air Force Claims Service Center
  • Virginia Eilmus, Head, Navy Personnel Claims Unit
  • Mr Kevin Spealman, Vice President Claims & Customer Service, National Claims Service
  • Mr David Jones, Operational & Quality Support Team Lead, U.S. Transportation Command (USTC J4-H)
  • Mr Dominic Keller, Vice President, FINEX Cyber & E&O Team, Willis Towers Watson

 

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:

  • 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 Yvonne Robertson, Chief, Disputes Resolution Branch, Transportation Audits Division General Services Administration (GSA)
  • Mr James Teague, Chief of Policy and Initiatives Branch, US Transportation Command

 

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 like 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 of the panelist will reassemble and take questions from the audience. This will be your chance to ask the decision makers all of 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

Your IAM member directory has just gotten a whole lot better - meet Mobility Exchange

Go Now and review your listing on the newly-launched IAM Mobility Exchange

The IAM Mobility Exchange is now operational and ready for you to use. This tool transforms IAM's Membership Directory into the single most comprehensive directory of your fellow IAM Members, your mobility industry service partners, and their suppliers. Beyond the ability to search and filter to locate the best possible match for your requirements, IAM's Mobility Exchange offers you - an IAM member - the ability to Validate your listing and present your hard-earned capabilities and quality credentials in a way that will differentiate your company for a positive market advantage.

Read More

GSA Increases IFF to 3.5% and Extends Current Rates

On September 20 the Government Services Administration’s Employee Relocation Resource Center (GSA ERRC) issued the following message which announced an increase in their Industrial Funding Fee to 3.5% for 2018 and also extended the current rate offers through the end of 2017.

As provided via notice on September 14, 2017, current CHAMP rate offers have been extended through December 31, 2017. 

Within the same notice, the 2017-2018 Request for Offers (RFO) and GSA's Domestic 500A-2017 Tariff were cited to be distributed on or after September 18, 2017. 

At this time, the 2017-2018 RFO will be distributed the week of September 25, 2017.  The rate filing window dates have not yet been established and will be identified in the RFO. 

As a special note, GSA encourages each CHAMP TSP to review the Cover Letter of the RFO once it becomes available, for any changes taking effect January 1, 2018.  Some of the notable changes are listed below:

•  The USPS will be soliciting rates under CHAMP.  See Section 3 on additional specifics for this agency.

•  GSA's IFF will be increasing to 3.5%, effective with rates filed during this upcoming filing window.  The 3.5% will apply to household goods shipments, both domestic and international; all POV shipments; and all SIT shipments.  Please incorporate the additional IFF into the rates filed during the upcoming opening window.

•  The IFF for XTOS shipments will also be increased to 3.5% effective this rate filing cycle.

 Additionally, updates to the HTOS have been completed.  This revised document will be available for viewing on the Acquisition Gateway soon. 

If you have any questions, please contact Robyn Bennett at robyn.bennett@gsa.gov, or Kim Chancellor at kim.chancellor@gsa.gov

Sources: GSA ERRC & IAM

GSA Releases GSA500A-2017 & Request for Offers

The General Services Administration (GSA) has released the updated GSA500A-2017 Tariff and 2017-2018 Request for Offers. The release of these documents also opens up the Rate Filing window, which will close at 10 p.m. Central Time on Tuesday, November 14. Rate offers accepted in accordance with the RFO will have an effective date of January 1, 2018.

TSPs are encouraged to read the entire RFO and GSA500A-2017; changes have been highlighted in red text throughout the RFO itself and the GSA500A-2017. TSPs are also strongly encouraged to begin the rate filing process early to ensure adequate time to correct and resubmit any identified errors when submitting rate offers. If you have any questions, contact either Robyn Bennett at (816) 823-3644 or robyn.bennett@gsa.gov, or Kim Chancellor at (816) 823-3650 or kim.chancellor@gsa.gov

Source: GSA ERRC

Household Goods and Vehicle Shipment Programs for Department of Defense Consolidated Under U.S. Transportation Command

USTRANSCOM is now the single manager of the Defense Personal Property Program or DP3, which oversees the Department of Defense’s household goods and privately-owned vehicle shipment programs.

Read More

PCS shift: TRANSCOM targets ‘clunky’ Move.mil, may try to spread out busy summer season

Article includes comments from IAM’s Senior Vice President, Charles White.

Making the Move.mil website more user-friendly and possibly spreading at least some moves more evenly throughout the year are a few of the things defense transportation officials are looking at to improve the process of moving household goods for service members, as the program that manages service members’ household goods undergoes its own relocation of sorts.

Read More

Open Season Window Closes Soon

The U.S. Transportation Command has initiated a new Open Season. New Applicants have one month, September 13, 2017 – October 13, 2017, 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.

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

Sources: USTC & IAM

DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes

SDDC/USTC “What’s New”

Receive SDDC/USTC 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

FMCSA Plans to Reduce Annual Carrier Registration Fees

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced a proposed rule to reduce annual motor carrier, broker, freight forwarder and leasing company registration fees by 9.10% in 2018, and by 4.55% in 2019, below current levels. The reduction will range from approximately $7 to $6,700 per entity in the first year, and from about $3 to $3,400 per entity in subsequent years, depending on the number of vehicles owned and/or operated by the affected entities.

Read More

Missed IAM's Webinar on FMC Regulations? No Problem - View the Webinar and Presentations on the IAM Website

Learn more about the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) and how they regulate the global moving and mobility industry by viewing a recording of the Webinar and the presentations provided by the FMC. If your company quotes door to door shipments either to or from the U.S., we recommend that you take advantage of these resources to ensure that it is not targeted for non-compliance by the FMC. In addition, the FMC discussed what dispute resolution services are available for IAM Members who have issues with customers or other service providers in the maritime supply chain.

Trump Waives Jones Act to Speed Up Aid Shipments to Puerto Rico

President Donald Trump ordered the Jones Act to be waived for shipments to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico immediately at the request of Governor Ricardo Rossello, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Sept. 28. The waiver will be in effect for 10 days and cover all products being shipped to Puerto Rico, Department of Homeland Security spokesman David Lapan said in an email.

Read More

Massive defense bill awaits funding fight in Congress

A push for the largest defense spending plan in several years has overcome a series of congressional hurdles this year, including approval on the Senate floor this past week. But with plenty of competing interests at play, and an uphill battle to exceed spending caps, the National Defense Authorization Act must survive some obstacles before it can be enacted.

Read More   

White House Nominates N.J. Official Ray Martinez for Chief Post at FMCSA

Raymond Martinez, chairman and chief administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, was nominated to lead the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The White House made the announcement on Sept. 25, lauding Martinez’s record.

Read More