eGov/Mil Newsletter: Dec. 26, 2017

December 26, 2017

In this Issue:

  • Looking back on 2017 - 20 Key Issues from the Past Year
  • Certificate of Independent Pricing (CIP) and Certificate of Responsibility (COR) Deadline is Thursday
  • Motor Carrier Installation Access: The Department’s Way‐Forward
  • 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
  • USTC Releases Updated Move.mil Website
  • JPPSO-NE TSP/Agent Meeting
  • DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes
  • IAM Senior VP Charles White to Speak at Regional CMSA January Meeting
  • Trucking Industry Worries New Rule Could Raise Costs
  • Fort Bragg to begin enforcing stricter ID requirements next month
  • USD (AT&L) Appoints “Highly Qualified Expert” to Lead Reorganization Effort

Looking back on 2017 - 20 Key Issues from the Past Year

The past 12 months have been incredibly busy and have seen some significant milestones in the U.S. government household goods moving programs. Here are 20 of the most significant issues that have affected transportation service providers and agents during 2017.

  1. The Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) conducted a “Deep Dive” to look at what the optimal organizational structure should be for the Department of Defense’s (DOD) personal property program.

    Coming out of that process was the newly created Consolidated Office for Personal Property, which now falls under the control of U.S. Transportation Command (USTC). The new office (USTC J4-H) brought together the former SDDC Personal Property Directorate, the Defense Personal Property System (DPS) Program Office, and the arm of the USTC Logistics Directorate that controlled the Defense Transportation Regulations (DTR). Personal Property Operations, Systems and Policy come together under one Command. The group is now led by COL (US Army) Ralph Lounsbrough.
  2. 2017 DP3 Rate Filing experiences fewest number of significant “glitches” in years.
  3. Base Access continues to plague industry. However, the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), pushes forward with a plan to help bring standardization to the process.
  4. USTC holds TWO (modified) Open Seasons in 2017. These actions were initiated after only holding a single Open Season in the past decade. Ultimately, after the two exercises, approximately 65 new Transportation Service Providers (TSP) have been approved to operate in the Defense Personal Property Program (DP3), 17 came in 2017, the remainder will begin in 2018.
  5. Regionalization continues to move forward in the Domestic Market of the DOD personal property program.
  6. REAL ID’s continue to be a problem in many states. A large number of states have been granted extensions to fulfill to federal mandate through early 2018. However, the future is murky for all states to achieve the deadlines.
  7. GSA revamps their Domestic Tariff to very closely resemble the DOD 400NG tariff.
  8. DPS continues to be problematic through much of 2017. Lack of system stability and very little new development plague the system. DPS Program Offices moves to a new development process called “Agile”. Is a new DPS on the horizon?
  9. U.S. Federal Reserve continues to increase the Prime Rate in 2017 and looks to the future for continued increases. The quarter point increment increases continue to push up the US Bank transaction fee for processing DOD and Department of State household goods invoices. 
  10. The Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate went into effect on Dec. 18.
  11. A complete rewrite of the Defense Transportation Regulation looms on the horizon. Chapter 406 – Storage has already been completed and Chapter 405 – Quality Assurance and the HHG Tender of Service are the next to be considered.
  12. “Wanna Cry” computer virus strikes Maersk Shipping Lines. The virus cripples Maersk systems and reeks havoc on the movement of DOD household goods traffic.
  13. DOD Personal Property Forum (PPF) held in the Scott AFB vs. the National Capital Region in 2017. There is some discussion currently taking place regarding hold a “Pre-Peak Season” PPF in the spring of 2018. Nothing definitive has been decided.
  14. IAM launches Mobility Exchange
  15. U.S. Army opens consolidated Claims Office at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
  16. The General Service Administration (GSA) increases their Industrial Funding Fee to 3.5 percent across the board and extends the rates in the Centralized Household Goods Traffic Management Program (CHAMP) until Dec. 31, 2017.
  17. 2018 Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) delayed until later in 2018. No new registration date has been set.
  18. USTC releases new Move.mil website.
  19. IAM begins planning European DOD Workshop to be held in the spring of 2018.
  20. New U.S. President looks to significantly increase DOD budget in 2018 and beyond.

It's easy to see this has been a busy and eventful year. Looks like 2018 will be more of the same.

Happy New Year!

Source: IAM

Certificate of Independent Pricing (CIP) and Certificate of Responsibility (COR) Deadline is Thursday

U.S. Transportation Command (USTC) has mandated that TSPs must update their Certificate of Independent Pricing (CIP) and Certificate of Responsibility (COR) by this Thursday’s, 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

Motor Carrier Installation Access: The Department’s Way‐Forward

From the Department of Defense:

The Department of Defense greatly values the role that the trucking industry plays in support of its mission and is committed to improving truck driver wait times and standardizing procedures for enabling unescorted access to its military installations. To that end, the Department continues to modify its electronic physical access control systems (ePACS) to validate both driver identity and fitness (e.g. active wants/warrants). For installations that have an upgraded ePACS, DoD security gate personnel will soon be able to electronically scan a driver’s Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC) or Driver’s License (Army Only) to enable unescorted access.

Current Status and Projected Timeline (as of December 12, 2017):

  • The DBIDS Program Management Office (PMO) successfully tested and enrolled a TWIC in DBIDS on November 28, 2017.
  • DBIDS Version 5 includes the TWIC enrollment capability and will “go live” at all Air Force and Navy installations (and some Army installations) in March 2018. Initially, drivers must enroll at each DBIDS‐capable installation (Phase 1). The DBIDS PMO will implement Phase 2 in June/July 2018.
  • DBIDS currently uses the TWIC for enrollment (not the Driver’s License). The date is to‐bedetermined (TBD) on when/if DBIDS will allow drivers to enroll with a Driver’s License.
  • The Army primarily uses the AIE ePACS, which currently uses the Driver’s License for enrollment (not the TWIC). Drivers can currently enroll in AIE with their Driver’s License at Fort Bragg and the Blue Grass Army Depot. Fort Belvoir, Meade, Benning, and the Aberdeen Proving Ground are expected to begin enrolling Driver’s Licenses by January 2018. The Army will continue to implement the capability incrementally across its AIE installations in 2018 (All Army installations will be capable by 2020). The Army is also currently working to modify AIE to allow drivers to enroll with a TWIC (date TBD).
  • DoD will update the Transportation Facilities Guide (TFG) to reflect AIE and DBIDS enrollment procedures as installations roll‐out the capability.
  • Below is the projected timeline for implementation.

Motor Carrier Installation Access: The Department’s Way-Forward

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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:

2018 International Tender

400NG Tariff

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:

2018 International Channel Control List

IT-18 520A Schedules

IT-18 Linehaul Schedules

IT-18 State GBLOC Item 500 Tables

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.

Last week 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 Wednesday, December 13, 2017. This means that the rate charges by US Bank to process government invoices through their electron billing and payment platform Syncada will increase as of January 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.

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Sources: Reuters & IAM

2018 DP3 Rate Filing Schedule

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

As notice 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

JPPSO-NE TSP/Agent Meeting

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.

The link below contains the agenda topics and lodging/registration information.  It important that you read this thoroughly as it contains some time sensitive dates.

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Source: JPPSO-NE

DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes

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

IAM Senior VP Charles White to Speak at Regional CMSA January Meeting

The San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter of the California Moving and Storage Association’s Jan. 10 meeting will feature IAM Senior Vice President Charles White. The deadline for reservations is Jan. 4.

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Trucking Industry Worries New Rule Could Raise Costs

A new rule requiring most big rigs to be equipped with electronic logs that record a driver’s time behind the wheel is triggering deep divisions in the trucking world and raising concerns that shipping goods could get more costly and complicated.

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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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USD (AT&L) Appoints “Highly Qualified Expert” to Lead Reorganization Effort

Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (USD(AT&L)) Ellen Lord today announced the appointment of Ben FitzGerald as director, Office of Strategy and Design. In this role, effective Jan. 2, 2018, FitzGerald will serve as the central hub within the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) to lead the reorganization of AT&L.

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