eGov/Mil Newsletter: Dec. 15, 2017

December 15, 2017

In this Issue:

  • DP3 2018 International Tender & 400NG Released
  • IAM Planning a European DOD Workshop for Spring 2018
  • Fed raises key interest rate, keeps policy outlook unchanged
  • 2018 DP3 Rate Filing Schedule Now Official
  • USTC Releases Updated Move.mil Website
  • Certificate of Independent Pricing (CIP) and Certificate of Responsibility (COR) Review
  • JPPSO-NE TSP/Agent Meeting – March 19, 2018
  • DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes
  • Trump signs $700 billion military budget into law
  • Fort Bragg to begin enforcing stricter ID requirements next month

DP3 2018 International Tender & 400NG Released

U.S. Transportation Command (USTC) has released the 2018 International Tender and 2018 400NG Tariff. Both Solicitations are currently posted on the Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) website. To find the documents go to:

Other critical documents had also been posted on the SDDC website. However, as of this communication, for some reason have been temporarily removed. These following are posted on the IAM website:

Please review all of these documents carefully as you become involved in the rate determination process.

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 the Spring of 2018.

IAM staff traveled to Germany last week and visited with USTC-Europe, as well as, the two major Consolidated Personal Property Shipping Offices (CPPSO) which cover Europe. Staff also met with three potential hotel properties. IAM is also considering one additional property as a potential site for the Workshop.

The third week of March, 2018 has been targeted for the Workshop and it is likely it will be held in either Mannheim or Kaiserslautern, Germany. Contract dates and pricing are currently being negotiated.

It is likely that all of the specific details will be available before the end of December and that registration for the event will open short after the New Year. Interested parties should “pencil in” that third week of March on their calendars.

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

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

Source: IAM

Fed raises key interest rate, keeps policy outlook unchanged

The Federal Reserve voted to raised its benchmark overnight lending rate by a quarter of a percentage point on Dec. 13. This means that the rate charged by U.S. Bank to process government invoices through their electronic billing and payment platform Syncada will increase as of Jan. 1, 2018.

The Federal Reserve also reiterated its plan to increase the prime rate a number of more times in 2018 and 2019.

TSPs need to be sure to consider these potential prime rate increases as we move toward the Defense Personal Property Program’s (DP3) 2018 rate filing. Those rates will be in place through May 14, 2019 and are the only opportunity that TSPs will have to include any of the proposed Prime Rate increases in their rates.

Fed raises key interest rate, keeps policy outlook unchanged

Sources: Reuters & IAM

2018 DP3 Rate Filing Schedule Now Official

U.S. Transportation Command (USTC) released the official 2018 Defense Personal Property Program (DP3) rate filing schedule on 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

As noted previously in a eGov newsletter, USTC recently released an updated version of the Move.mil website. USTC officially notified the industry in Personal Property Advisory #18-0026, which was issued Dec. 12. The full message can be found below.

Editor’s Note: This updated version of Move.mil contains some controversial and somewhat inflammatory information that has been brought to IAM’s attention by the membership. IAM has raised concerns to the USTC leadership and asked that some comments on the site referring to industry practices be removed.

USTRANSCOM, Personal Property Advisory #18-0026

Date: 12 December 2017

From: USTRANSCOM, Personal Property Division (TCJ4-H), Scott AFB, IL 62225

To: All Military Service Headquarters Representatives, Personal Property Shipping Offices (PPSOs) and Personal Property Processing Offices (PPPOs)

Subject: Move.mil Advisory

1. On 1 December 2017, USTRANSCOM executed a soft launch of an enhancedmove.mil web site. A collaborative effort between USTRANSCOM and Air Force Digital Services, the new web site is customer focused and provides critical move-related information to Service Members, DoD Civilians and their families in preparation for a Permanent Change of Station move. Among other sources, site content is based on focus groups and other feedback mechanisms with actual Service Members and families. The site's new format is intended to improve accessibility to key messages through straight forward language instead of military/transportation-centric lingo that can be difficult for many users to understand. Additionally, the enhanced user interface enables quick access to office locators, shipment calculators, FAQs and other valuable tools to start moves off on the right foot.

2. We anticipate a "hard launch" of the new site in conjunction with the annual PCS Week informational campaign early in the spring. Until then, USTRANSCOM will release new content and capabilities to further assist families in preparing for their moves. If there is information from the legacy site that is still needed, a link to that site can be found in the banner on the top of the new site. We ask for your help in ensuring accurate/relevant content for move.mil. This includes updating contact information for Military Service customer service functions as well as letting us know of opportunities to correct or improve the information on the site. One of our upcoming features is to include a feedback link so that all site users have an opportunity to shape the product. In the meantime, inputs can be sent to USTRANSCOM at army.sddc.safb.ppops@mail.mil

3. Thank you in advance for your assistance in creating the best possible product for our Service Members, DoD Civilians and families.

4. This message is approved for release by the Chief of Operations, Defense Personal Property Program, TCJ4-H.

 Sources: USTC & IAM

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

DOD Transportation Service Providers (TSP) Don’t Forget:

U.S. Transportation Command (USTC) has mandated that TSPs must update 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.

Sources: USTC J4-H & IAM

JPPSO-NE TSP/Agent Meeting – March 19, 2018

The Joint Personal Property Shipping Office (JPPSO-NE) Detachment 2, will be hosting a Transportation Service Providers/Agents meeting on 19 March, 2018. The meeting will be held at the Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center, Southbridge, Massachusetts. Major airports serving Southbridge are Boston Logan Int'l (BOS) @ 56 miles and Bradley Int'l (BDL) @ 35 miles. 

Agenda topics and lodging/registration information is on IAM’s website. It is important that you read this thoroughly, as it contains some time-sensitive dates.

Source: JPPSO-NE

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.

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

Trump signs $700 billion military budget into law

President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed into law a sweeping defense policy bill that authorizes a $700 billion budget for the military, including additional spending on missile defense programs to counter North Korea's growing nuclear weapons threat. But there's a catch. The $700 billion budget won't become reality until lawmakers agree to roll back a 2011 law that set strict limits on federal spending, including by the Defense Department — and they haven't yet.

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Fort Bragg to begin enforcing stricter ID requirements next month

Some visitors to Fort Bragg will need additional identification to gain access to the post starting in January. Officials with the nation’s largest military installation said they would begin enforcing stricter ID requirements on Jan. 22. The requirements are part of the long-delayed enforcement of a federal law known as the REAL ID Act. It also affects other military installations in North Carolina, including Camp Lejeune, and other federal facilities, such as federal courthouses.

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