eGov/Mil Newsletter: Nov. 17, 2017

November 17, 2017

In this Issue:

  • In Memoriam: Alan F. Wohlstetter
  • IAM Planning a European DOD Workshop for Spring, 2018
  • DHS Grants Real ID Extensions to Many States
  • Recalculation of Customer Satisfaction Survey (CSS) Scores for the 1 January to 14 May 2018 Performance Period
  • Certificate of Independent Pricing (CIP) and Certificate of Responsibility (COR) Review
  • Unified Carrier Registration Process Delayed
  • Tentative 2018 DP3 Rate Filing Schedule Released
  • DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes
  • U.S. Navy Joins Puerto Rico Sealift Effort
  • Week ahead: Defense bill nears finish line
  • Diesel Climbs 3.3¢ to $2.915 a Gallon
  • Majority of small fleets yet to comply with ELD mandate

In Memoriam: Alan F. Wohlstetter

The end of an era: With deep sadness, the International Association of Movers (IAM) advises of the passing of Alan F. Wohlstetter on November 15, 2017.

Mr. Wohlstetter was engaged by the Association’s (HHGFAA) founding members back in 1962 to serve as the organization’s General Counsel, and has been the only individual to serve in that role for the past 56 years.

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IAM Planning a European DOD Workshop for Spring, 2018

The International Association of Movers, working in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), is in the planning stages for holding a European DOD/Industry Workshop in Germany in the Spring of 2018.

Many years ago, the Surface Deployment and Distribution Command’s (SDDC) European office used to organize an annual SDDC-Europe Workshop. That meeting was well attended by European Agents, U.S. Transportation Service Providers, DOD personnel from all the major Transportation Offices in Europe and a number of U.S. embassies in Europe. Due to funding problems, among other issues, that meeting was discontinued.

For many years IAM members in Europe have asked the Association to reinvigorate this meeting. IAM plans to do just that in 2018.

IAM is now in the planning stages to hold a DOD European Personal Property Workshop in the Kaiserslautern area in Germany. That is where two major European Consolidated Personal Property Shipping Offices (CPPSO) are located and it is also near the U.S. Transportation Command (USTC) European office. All three of those organizations have tentatively indicated they would support and participate in this IAM Spring Workshop concept.

IAM is also hoping to include DOD Transportation Offices from the rest of Europe as well, particularly – Italy, Spain, the Benelux and the UK.

We are targeting sometime during the last two weeks of March 2018 to hold the meeting. IAM staff is headed to Germany in early December to meet with a number of the key DOD offices and hotels to iron out details for the workshop.

As the specific details for the workshop become available they will be immediately shared with the industry. Right now, we are only asking for TSPs, European Agents and other service providers to be on the lookout for specific details on the meeting. The Workshop will be open to anyone having an interest in the DOD personal property program in Europe.

IAM is excited to bring revived the type of open dialog between DOD and the industry in Europe in this type of workshop setting. Stay tuned soon for more details.

Source: IAM

DHS Grants Real ID Extensions to Many States

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is currently reviewing “Real ID” extension requests from states with extensions that expired on Oct. 10. DHS will update their website as these reviews are completed and new extensions are granted. In the meantime, there will be no change in enforcement status for those states. States will have a grace period until Jan. 22, 2018, meaning that federal agencies will continue to accept driver’s license and identification cards issued by these states in accordance with each agency’s policies.

According to the DHS website, "States and other jurisdictions have made significant progress in enhancing the security of their licenses over the last number of years. As a result, approximately 90% of all U.S. drivers hold licenses from jurisdictions: (1) determined to meet the Act's standards; or (2) that have received extensions. Individuals holding driver's licenses or identification cards from these jurisdictions may continue to use them as before."

The following states have been given an extension to Oct. 10, 2018; AK, CA, WA, OR, ID, MT, ND, MN, OK, KY, VA, SC, PA, NJ, MA, NH, and ME.

The following states and territories are now under review with a grace period that will expire on Jan. 22, 2018; MO, IL, LA, PR, GU, AS, MP, VI, RI, and NY. For more detailed information, click here.

Sources: DHS, AMSA & IAM

Recalculation of Customer Satisfaction Survey (CSS) Scores for the 1 January to 14 May 2018 Performance Period

USTC Advisory 18-0018 was issued on November 8, 2017. Some concerns have been raised that not all Transportation Services Providers received this communication. If you did not receive this Advisory directly please send that information to Charles White so that your contact information can be forwarded directly to the proper personnel at USTC. We need to ensure that your information has not been accidentally deleted from their Advisory distribution list.

Sources: IAM & USTC

Certificate of Independent Pricing (CIP) and Certificate of Responsibility (COR) Review

U.S. Transportation Command (USTC) issued the following communication to all Transportation Service Providers (TSP) on Nov. 1. It is imperative that all TSPs heed this message and ensure they have updated their Certificate of Independent Pricing (CIP) and Certificate of Responsibility (COR) before the Dec. 28 cutoff. TSPs will not be able to participate in the 2018 rate filing process if they have not updated their CIP and COR by the cutoff date.

SDDC-PP Advisory # 18-0011
Date: 01November 2017
From: USTRANSCOM 
TO: DOD-Approved Personal Property Transportation Service Providers (TSP)
SUBJ:  Annual Qualifications:  Certificate of Independent Pricing (CIP) and Certificate of Responsibility (COR) Review
 
1. It is mandatory that all TSPs update CIP and COR information in the defense Personal Property System (DPS) before the 2019 annual rate cycle.  Updates can be made starting 01 November 2017 and MUST be completed by 28 December 2017.
2. Request all TSPs go into the DPS to review, update and submit CIP/COR documents for approval.  Once completed, TSPs must ensure the documents are in an "UNDER REVIEW" status and not showing an "IN PROGRESS" or "SUBMITTED" status. Only the President or Chief Executive Officer can certify and submit CIP and COR documents.
3. Failure to update your qualification documents will preclude you from filing rates. Questions may be sent to army.sddc.safb.ppqual@mail.mil.
4. Reminder: please note SDDC will no longer be providing telephonic reminders for the CIP, COR, and other qualification documents.
5. This message is approved for release by Lead, Personal Property Operational Support and Quality Team, USTRANSCOM.

 Sources: USTC J4-H & IAM

Unified Carrier Registration Process Delayed

The Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) is a requirement for participation on the Defense Personal Property Program (DP3). Each year U.S. Transportation Command (USTC) reviews the UCR to ensure that TSPs are in compliance with the requirement. TSPs can face significant punitive action if their registration lapses.

Recently the UCR Board of Directors issued a delay in the registration period for 2018. The following message from the UCR Board of Directors is now posted to the Unified Carrier Registration System website:

October 27, 2017

TO: All Carriers Subject to Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) Act

FR: UCR Board of Directors

RE: UCR 2018 Registration Delayed Until Further Notice; Fees Likely to Drop

While we believe a new rule setting final fees is imminent, the Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) Board of Directors is delaying until further notice the start of the 2018 registration period while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) completes the rulemaking process for 2018 fees.

Due to this unanticipated further delay, UCR is recommending to all states that the enforcement period for 2018 compliance not begin until 90 days after the final rulemaking is published.

The fee levels being proposed are based on a recommendation submitted by UCR to the FMCSA in March 2017 to reduce fees for carriers at all levels by 9% in 2018.

Until further notice, please do not submit any carrier fees or forms for the 2018 registration year (online or paper forms). If received prior to the final rulemaking, your fees and forms will be returned.

Carriers should expect a further notice soon. We will continue to keep you updated as we become aware of relevant fee and registration information.

TSPs involved in DP3 should continue to vigorously monitor the UCR website to ensure that they immediately become compliant once the delay has been lifted. IAM will also closely monitor the situation and alert the membership as new information becomes available.

Sources: UCR & IAM

Tentative 2018 DP3 Rate Filing Schedule Released

U.S. Transportation Command J4-H, the newly consolidated office for personal property, has released the tentative schedule for the 2018 DP3 rate filing:

Tentative Timeline of 2018

a. Round 1: 15 22 January

b. Round 2: 11 18 February

c. Threeweek break between rounds is standard processing time, which includes the Martin Luther King Day holiday

IAM will continue to monitor the schedule and update the membership should any changes be made.

Source: USTC J4-H & IAM

DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes

Fuel Surcharge Update

The Average Department of energy Diesel fuel cost was $2.88 per gal as of 11/7/17.

FSC for 11/15- 12/14/17:

DOD GBL Dom HHG / Intl HHG - 3%

GSA Dom HHG - $0.00

GSA Intl HHG and BAG - $0.00

 

PowerPoint Presentations from the 2017 IAM Annual Meeting Now Available

All the PowerPoint briefing slides from the 2017 IAM Annual Meeting are now available on the IAM website.

 

Navy Announces TENTATIVE dates for their “Virtual Household Goods Industry Days”

The Naval Supply Systems Command’s (NAVSUP) Global Logistics Support (GLS) office has released a tentative schedule for their 2018 “Virtual Household Goods Industry Days”. The schedule is as follows:

Location

Date/Time

Location

Date/Time

CPPSO Puget Sound

Washington

Tuesday, March 13th

1:00-3:00pm PDST

CPPSO Norfolk

Norfolk, VA

Wednesday, March 21st

2:00-4:00pm EDST (11:00-1:00 PDST)

PPSOs Europe

Spain, Italy

Wednesday, March 14th

1:00-3:00pm PDST

JPPSO SW

San Diego, CA

Thursday, March 22nd

1:00-3:00pm CET (0400 PT)

JPPSO Japan

Yokosuka, Japan

Thursday, March 15th

8:00-10:00am JST (1600 PT 4/19)

JPPSO Pearl Harbor

Hawaii

Tuesday, March 27th

1:00-3:00pm HAST (1600PT)

 

 

JPPSO Southeast

Jacksonville, FL

Wednesday, March 28th

9:00-11:00am EDST (6:00-8:00 PDST)

 

Discussion Topics

  • Navy Household Goods Enterprise Update
  • PPSO/JPPSO Regional Information
  • Peak Season 2018:
    • Customer communication
    • Promotion of Code 2
    • Pre-approvals
  • Agent/TSP Relations
  • Open Discussion
    • Potential challenges in the region
      • Non-Temp Storage capacity?
      • Labor and assets?
      • What can we expect?
  • Working Together to “IMPROVE THE MOVE” Process

Again, the schedule is tentative and a formal announcement from NAVSUP GLS should be available soon.

 

JPPSO-NE Announces 2018 TSP/Agent Meeting

The Joint Personal Property Shipping Office in Massachusetts (JPPSO-NE) has announced tentative plans to hold a TSP/Industry Meeting at the South Bridge Conference Center in Southbridge, MA on March 19, 2018.

The final agenda and specific details are still in works but pencil in the date on you calendars.

 

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, Daycos & USTC

U.S. Navy Joins Puerto Rico Sealift Effort 

At Joint Base Charleston in South Carolina, the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command is facilitating a small-scale domestic sealift to bring utility trucks, front end loaders, portable living quarters and other much-needed supplies to Puerto Rico. The ro/ro USNS Brittin will make six voyages to and from the island over the course of the next several weeks. 

Week ahead: Defense bill nears finish line

The annual defense policy bill is heading toward the finish line after House and Senate negotiators wrapped up talks and released the final version of the bill. The House Rules Committee is scheduled to meet Monday evening on the compromise National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) -- meaning it could come to the floor later in the week.

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Diesel Climbs 3.3¢ to $2.915 a Gallon

The U.S. average retail price of diesel rose 3.3 cents to $2.915 a gallon as oil hovered near $57 a barrel amid mounting talk of the glut of oil receding. It was diesel’s highest price since March 16, 2015, when the price was $2.917.

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Majority of small fleets yet to comply with ELD mandate

With just weeks remaining before enforcement of the U.S. DOT’s electronic logging device begins, 60 percent of fleets running between 1 and 100 trucks have yet to adopt ELDs, according to a recent survey conducted by CarrierLists.

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