eGov/Mil Newsletter: Oct. 20, 2017

In this Issue:

  • IAM Annual Meeting U.S. Government Program Wrap-up
  • Are You Ready for ELD Implementation?
  • REAL ID Enforcement Extensions Under Review
  • GSA Releases GSA500A-2017 & Request for Offers
  • AFL-CIO says repealing Jones Act would cost jobs
  • Pentagon Begins Another Fiscal Year Under Continuing Resolution
  • DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes
  • Pasha Hawaii to Support Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Efforts
  • LA will explore blocking companies from port if their truckers aren’t employees
  • Lord tinkering with AT&L reorg plan, industry relationships

IAM Annual Meeting U.S. Government Program Wrap-up

The 2017 IAM Annual Meeting closed last Thursday, Oct. 12. The feedback, thus far, regarding the U.S. government portion of the meeting has been extremely positive. Almost 25 key U.S. government decision-makers involved in the movement of household goods for U.S. government personnel were in attendance.

Individuals from U.S. Transportation Command, the newly established Department of Defense (DOD) Consolidated Office for Personal Property, all 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 attended the Annual Meeting.

The topics discussed during the numerous education sessions were quite varied and very robust. Discussions topics included:

  • GSA Notices of Overcharge (NOC) with a particular interest in the topics of shuttles
  • DOD’s conversion to member’s expense process
  • Multiple DOD studies currently being conducted to look at various aspects of the Defense Personal Property Program (DP3) and the Defense Personal Property System (DPS)
  • Proposed changes to the 2018 International Tender and 400NG tariff
  • The process to become involved in the U.S. Department of State moving program
  • DOD’s Open Season
  • Proposed changes to the DOD Claims & Liability rules
  • Risk Management with regards to cyber security
  • The newly DOD consolidated office for personal property at U.S. Transportation Command
  • Philosophy and internal operations at all of the U.S. Air Force Joint Personal Property Shipping Offices (JPPSO) and the Air Force Personal Property Activity Headquarters
  • A proposed Defense Transportation Regulations (DTR) Part IV rewrite
  • DOD’s response to natural disasters
  • Maersk Shipping Virus Attack and the resulting effects on military shipments/TSPs
  • Base Access

These were just some of the highlighted issues at the conference.

One of the other major positives that resulted from gathering such a large contingent of government attendees were all the one-on-one sidebar discussion that attendees were able to hold with the government attendees. As with most meetings, the large group sessions are very valuable but providing the attendees the ability to meet in one-on-one or in small groups with key “customers” can be invaluable.

The 2018 Annual Meeting will be held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD which is just outside of Washington, DC. The meeting will be held Oct. 5-8, 2018. Put those dates on your calendar now. Each year the IAM Annual Meeting continues to grow and has become the can’t miss meeting in the moving industry. You can’t afford to miss it.

Source: IAM

Are You Ready for ELD Implementation?

Prepare Now to Comply with the ELD Rule by 12/18/2017!

Beginning December 18, all commercial motor carriers engaged in interstate commerce and subject to the rule must use either electronic logging devices (ELDs) or automatic onboard recording devices (AOBRDs) to record their driving time duty status.

Give yourself time to select, install and test ELDs; complete training; and get comfortable using ELDs before the deadlines.

Learn How the ELD Rule Will Affect You

*Operators using grandfathered AOBRDs prior to December 18, 2017, may continue using them until December 16, 2019.

Got Questions About ELDs? Read Our FAQs Here

Visit the FMCSA Website for Information and Resources

FMCSA’s website provides a wide variety of information, training, and resources to help prepare for ELD implementation.

Have Questions or Need Assistance?

Contact FMCSA at 

ELD@dot.gov or 800-832-5660

Source: FMCSA

REAL ID Enforcement Extensions Under Review

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is currently reviewing requests from states with extensions that expired on October 10. As the reviews are completed and new extensions are granted, they will be updated here. In the meantime, there will be no change in enforcement status for these states, which will continue to have a grace period until Jan. 22, 2018. This means that federal agencies, including the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA), will continue to accept driver’s license and identification cards issued by these states in accordance with each agency’s policies.

Virginia has an extension for REAL ID enforcement, allowing federal agencies to accept driver’s licenses and identification cards issued in Virginia at federal facilities and nuclear power plants until Oct. 10, 2018.

Source: DHS & AMSA

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 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 Jan. 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

AFL-CIO says repealing Jones Act would cost jobs

In a letter to senators, the AFL-CIO said that repealing the Jones Act would open up the U.S. maritime industry to low-wage foreign workers and weaken the country's ability to respond independently to crises and disasters.

Read More

Pentagon Begins Another Fiscal Year Under Continuing Resolution

Pentagon officials bemoaned the fact that the Defense Department is starting another fiscal year under a continuing resolution. A CR, as it is called, is designed to be short-term legislation that allows the government to remain open as legislators deal with authorizations and appropriations.

Read More

DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes

SDDC/USTC “What’s New”

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.

Pasha Hawaii to Support Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Efforts

Honolulu, HI-based Pasha Hawaii has announced that it will be providing the U.S. Jones Act vessel Horizon Spirit to ship hundreds of containers from the West Coast in support of hurricane relief and rebuilding efforts in Puerto Rico. The Horizon Spirit serves as a drydock reserve ship in Pasha Hawaii’s container service between the mainland and Hawaii.

Read More  

LA will explore blocking companies from port if their truckers aren’t employees

The city of Los Angeles will explore whether it can block companies from doing business at its port if they use truck drivers classified as independent contractors under a motion introduced Friday by two councilmen. Drivers at the port have complained for years that the practice is a scheme to deny them just compensation, and drivers and warehouse workers have engaged in 15 labor strikes in the past four years. The most recent strike in June involved several large companies that do transport business at the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Read More

Lord tinkering with AT&L reorg plan, industry relationships

The Pentagon’s acquisition office is on track to devolve into two new entities on Feb.1, but the layout of the new offices may look different than expected, said Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics (AT&L). Lord, speaking to reporters at the annual AUSA conference on Oct. 11, warned that the organizational chart might not be fully completed by the time the changeover happens and stated that her direct contact with industry might become more rigid than her predecessors.

Read More

IAM Annual Meeting U.S. Government Program Wrap-up

 

The 2017 IAM Annual Meeting closed last Thursday, Oct. 12. The feedback, thus far, regarding the U.S. government portion of the meeting has been extremely positive. Almost 25 key U.S. government decision-makers involved in the movement of household goods for U.S. government personnel were in attendance.

 

Individuals from U.S. Transportation Command, the newly established Department of Defense (DOD) Consolidated Office for Personal Property, all 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 attended the Annual Meeting.

 

The topics discussed during the numerous education sessions were quite varied and very robust. Discussions topics included:

 

-          GSA Notices of Overcharge (NOC) with a particular interest in the topics of shuttles

-          DOD’s conversion to member’s expense process

-          Multiple DOD studies currently being conducted to look at various aspects of the Defense Personal Property Program (DP3) and the Defense Personal Property System (DPS)

-          Proposed changes to the 2018 International Tender and 400NG tariff

-          The process to become involved in the U.S. Department of State moving program

-          DOD’s Open Season

-          Proposed changes to the DOD Claims & Liability rules

-          Risk Management with regards to cyber security

-          The newly DOD consolidated office for personal property at U.S. Transportation Command

-          Philosophy and internal operations at all of the U.S. Air Force Joint Personal Property Shipping Offices (JPPSO) and the Air Force Personal Property Activity Headquarters

-          A proposed Defense Transportation Regulations (DTR) Part IV rewrite

-          DOD’s response to natural disasters

-          Maersk Shipping Virus Attack and the resulting effects on military shipments/TSPs

-          Base Access

 

These were just some of the highlighted issues at the conference.

 

One of the other major positives that resulted from gathering such a large contingent of government attendees were all the one-on-one sidebar discussion that attendees were able to hold with the government attendees. As with most meetings, the large group sessions are very valuable but providing the attendees the ability to meet in one-on-one or in small groups with key “customers” can be invaluable.

 

The 2018 Annual Meeting will be held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD which is just outside of Washington, DC. The meeting will be held Oct. 5-8, 2018. Put those dates on your calendar now. Each year the IAM Annual Meeting continues to grow and has become the can’t miss meeting in the moving industry. You can’t afford to miss it.

 

Source: IAM

 

Are You Ready for ELD Implementation?

Prepare Now to Comply with the ELD Rule by 12/18/2017!

Beginning December 18, all commercial motor carriers engaged in interstate commerce and subject to the rule must use either electronic logging devices (ELDs) or automatic onboard recording devices (AOBRDs) to record their driving time duty status.

Give yourself time to select, install and test ELDs; complete training; and get comfortable using ELDs before the deadlines.

Learn How the ELD Rule Will Affect You

*Operators using grandfathered AOBRDs prior to December 18, 2017, may continue using them until December 16, 2019.

Got Questions About ELDs? Read Our FAQs Here

Visit the FMCSA Website for Information and Resources

FMCSA’s website provides a wide variety of information, training, and resources to help prepare for ELD implementation.

Have Questions or Need Assistance?

Contact FMCSA at 

ELD@dot.gov or 800-832-5660

Source: FMCSA

 

 

REAL ID Enforcement Extensions Under Review

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is currently reviewing requests from states with extensions that expired on October 10. As the reviews are completed and new extensions are granted, they will be updated here. In the meantime, there will be no change in enforcement status for these states, which will continue to have a grace period until Jan. 22, 2018. This means that federal agencies, including the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA), will continue to accept driver’s license and identification cards issued by these states in accordance with each agency’s policies.

Virginia has an extension for REAL ID enforcement, allowing federal agencies to accept driver’s licenses and identification cards issued in Virginia at federal facilities and nuclear power plants until Oct. 10, 2018.

Source: DHS & AMSA

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 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 Jan. 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

AFL-CIO says repealing Jones Act would cost jobs

In a letter to senators, the AFL-CIO said that repealing the Jones Act would open up the U.S. maritime industry to low-wage foreign workers and weaken the country's ability to respond independently to crises and disasters.

Read More

Pentagon Begins Another Fiscal Year Under Continuing Resolution

Pentagon officials bemoaned the fact that the Defense Department is starting another fiscal year under a continuing resolution. A CR, as it is called, is designed to be short-term legislation that allows the government to remain open as legislators deal with authorizations and appropriations.

Read More

DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes

 

SDDC/USTC “What’s New”

 

 

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.

Pasha Hawaii to Support Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Efforts

Honolulu, HI-based Pasha Hawaii has announced that it will be providing the U.S. Jones Act vessel Horizon Spirit to ship hundreds of containers from the West Coast in support of hurricane relief and rebuilding efforts in Puerto Rico. The Horizon Spirit serves as a drydock reserve ship in Pasha Hawaii’s container service between the mainland and Hawaii.

Read More  

LA will explore blocking companies from port if their truckers aren’t employees

The city of Los Angeles will explore whether it can block companies from doing business at its port if they use truck drivers classified as independent contractors under a motion introduced Friday by two councilmen. Drivers at the port have complained for years that the practice is a scheme to deny them just compensation, and drivers and warehouse workers have engaged in 15 labor strikes in the past four years. The most recent strike in June involved several large companies that do transport business at the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Read More

Lord tinkering with AT&L reorg plan, industry relationships

The Pentagon’s acquisition office is on track to devolve into two new entities on Feb.1, but the layout of the new offices may look different than expected, said Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics (AT&L).

Lord, speaking to reporters at the annual AUSA conference on Oct. 11, warned that the organizational chart might not be fully completed by the time the changeover happens and stated that her direct contact with industry might become more rigid than her predecessors.

Read More