eGov/Mil Newsletter: Dec. 1, 2017

December 01, 2017

In this Issue:

  • 2018 DP3 Rate Filing Schedule Now Official
  • USTC Releases Updated Move.mil Website
  • IAM Planning a European DOD Workshop for Spring, 2018
  • New Household Goods Rate Offers Now Available in TMSS
  • Certificate of Independent Pricing (CIP) and Certificate of Responsibility (COR) Review
  • Unified Carrier Registration Process Still Delayed
  • DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes
  • Senate defense spending bill $50B lower than what authorizers want
  • Don’t Believe the NDAA Hype: Congressional Appropriations Will Determine Defense Spending Levels

2018 DP3 Rate Filing Schedule Now Official

U.S. Transportation Command (USTC) released the official 2018 Defense Personal Property Program (DP3) rate filing schedule today, December 1, 2017, via USTC Advisory 18-0023. The schedule is as follows:

Round 1: 15 Jan 18 (6:00 PM CST) – 22 Jan 18 (6:00 PM CST)

Round 2: 11 Feb 18 (6:00 PM CST) – 16 Feb 18 (6:00 PM CST)

Transportation Services Providers are encouraged to read the Advisory details carefully.

One item of note:

USTC has maintained the Minimum Performance Scores (MPS) for each of the Markets at the same levels as the 2017 MPS.

Minimum Performance Score (MPS): The MPS for the 2018 Rate Cycle remain set at 53.17 for Domestic Household Goods, 54.77 for International Household Goods and 57.76 for International Unaccompanied Baggage.

Sources : USTC J4-H & IAM

USTC Releases Updated Move.mil Website

The newly consolidated U.S. Transportation Command’s personal property office has released an updated version of Move.mil. The new version is focused on making the DOD’s customer experience better for transferees; however, Transportation Service Providers (TSP) and Agents operating in the Defense Personal Property Program (DP3) environment can also benefit from the updated site.

TSPs are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the new site. There is valuable information for TSPs contained on the improved site, as well as information that will help TSPs assist their customers through the DOD move processes.

TSPs will be able to use the available tools to find both Joint Personal Property Shipping Offices (JPPSO) and Personal Property Processing Offices (PPPO) contact information, as well as military member entitlements.

The new website is still in its infancy. Much of the functionality is not yet available. However, this first phase of the new Move.mil shows a great deal of promise and hopefully will be a significant leap forward for both DOD customers and the industry.

 Sources: USTC & IAM

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 Spring 2018.

A number of 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 several 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 revive open dialog between DOD and the industry in Europe in this type of workshop setting. Stay tuned soon for more details.

Source: IAM

New Household Goods Rate Offers Now Available in TMSS

New rate offers are now available in the Transportation Management Services Solution (TMSS) system for Household Goods shipments with a move date between Jan. 1, and April 30, 2018. To view the new rate offers, log in to TMSS and enter a move date between Jan. 1 and April 30, 2018 on the Household Goods Query page.

If you have any questions, please contact either Robyn Bennett at robyn.bennett@gsa.gov, 816-823-3644 or Kim Chancellor at kim.chancellor@gsa.gov, 816-823-3650.

Source: GSA

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, 2017. 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 Still 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

DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes

PowerPoint Presentations from the 2017 IAM Annual Meeting Now Available

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

2017 Annual Meeting Presentations Page

Navy Announces official dates for their 2018 “Virtual Household Goods Industry Days”

The Naval Supply Systems Command’s (NAVSUP) Global Logistics Support (GLS) office has released the official dates for their 2018 Virtual Household Goods Industry Days series.

The proposed agenda will include

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

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 please pencil in the date on you calendars.

Sources:  IAM, Daycos & USTC

Senate defense spending bill $50B lower than what authorizers want

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday introduced a Defense Department spending bill that would provide billions of dollars less than authorizers hope to get to fund the Pentagon next year.

The legislation provides $650.7 billion in funding, including $581.3 billion in base defense spending, and $64.9 billion for the war fund known as the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) program.

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Don’t Believe the NDAA Hype: Congressional Appropriations Will Determine Defense Spending Levels

If you’ve seen recent headlines like “House passes nearly $700 billion defense authorization bill,” or “Massive U.S. defense bill includes a bevy of research-related provisions,” or even “House passes $700B compromise defense bill,” you’d be under the impression that defense spending in the United States is about to go way up. However, as important as the FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is, it does not actually determine funding for the Department of Defense. As has been the case for the past few years, appropriations bills, not the NDAA, will determine spending levels. So far, a major increase in defense appropriations looks a lot less likely.

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