eGov/Mil Newsletter: Jan. 9, 2018
In this Issue:
- DPS Prototype and the USTC API RFI
- IAM Planning a European DOD Workshop for Spring, 2018
- Unified Carrier Registration for 2018 Now Available
- How 30-day prototyping could solve the Army’s cyber-buying woes
- DP3 2018 International Tender & 400NG Released
- Fed raises key interest rate, keeps policy outlook unchanged
- 2018 DP3 Rate Filing Schedule
- JPPSO-NE TSP/Agent Meeting
- DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes
- Unwinding bureaucracy: Start of 2018 to see major Pentagon reform
- USD(AT&L) Appoints “Highly Qualified Expert” to Lead Reorganization Effort
- Fort Bragg to begin enforcing stricter ID requirements next month
IAM has learned that on Dec. 6, U.S. Transportation Command (USTC) entered into a contract with an organization called TrussWorks to build a prototype for a new Defense Personal Property System (DPS). TrussWorks has previously worked with the Defense Digital Services (DDS); the Association and Industry was introduced to individuals from DDS at the September Personal Property Forum (PPF) and will work once again with DDS in the development of this new prototype.
What we know:
- USTC signed a contract with TrussWorks on Dec 6 to develop the new "DPS" prototype.
- In the second week of December USTC staff held a technology kickoff with the new group at USTC.
- The prototype will be "Cloud" based.
- A "Functional" meeting of USTC and the Military Services was to be held January 9-11 at Fort Bragg, NC to discuss the way ahead with the Services.
- Discussions with industry regarding the prototype are planned to be held in the next 4-6 weeks.
- The current plan is to rollout the prototype in June, 2018. At this point it seems no one is sure what will be included in the prototype. The plan is to test the movement of 2,000-10,000 shipments through the prototype. It is unclear whether this prototype will be a stand-alone system or will be somehow tied to the current DPS platform.
What questions have been posed that we currently have no information/answers to:
- Will the prototype interact in anyway with the current version of DPS?
- Is this new initiative envisioned to fully replace the current version of DPS?
- How will industry interact with the new prototype?
- Will shipments moving via the prototype count against the allocation/shipment distribution methodology currently in use in DPS?
- How will shipments moved via the prototype be billed? Is US Bank involved?
- What to/from locations will be included in the movement of shipments via the prototype?
All of these questions, and more, have already been posed to USTC and it appears that, as of yet, there really are no answers that can be provided until some real development on the prototype takes place.
USTC also has sponsored a second initiative. A Request for Information (RFI) has been issued regarding how the HHG Industry envisions a "Two-Way Interface”/Application Programming Interface (API) would look and act if DOD were to develop one as part of the prototype or any future iteration of DPS.
According to the RFI industry has only until Jan. 22 to provide feedback. IAM encourages its membership to use your expertise within your organizations to provide the feedback that USTC is looking for. We have been asking for an API for almost a decade and DOD has finally responded.
There are a myriad of questions surrounding this turn of events. We had heard snippets of information, however very few details are currently available.
We have asked USTC to make an official announcement to the industry as a whole but at this point it seems they are just starting to plot a direction and few concrete answers are available at this time.
IAM welcomes any questions the membership may have. However, we can’t guarantee that we have any answers. As information becomes available it will immediately be distributed.
Bottom line: We have asked for a Two-way Interface/API for almost a decade. It seems that USTC has finally heard our cry. We need to provide the information that they are requesting so that that they have no excuse not to move forward.
The International Association of Movers, working in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), is in the final planning stages for holding an IAM DOD/Industry European Workshop in Germany in the Spring of 2018.
The dates for the Workshop are now set for March 21-22 and it will be held at the Dorint Hotel in Mannheim, Germany.
IAM is working to stand up a Workshop registration website next week. Interested parties should mark the dates on their calendars.
The Workshop will include DOD Transportation Offices from across all of Europe.
IAM is excited to revive the dialog between DOD and the industry in Europe through this Workshop. Stay tuned soon for more details regarding registration and costs for the meeting.
Transportation Service Providers (TSP) are required to update their Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) on an annual basis. The 2018 registration process has been delayed for a number of months due to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) review of the fees levied on commercial carriers in the UCR program.
In an announcement dated Jan. 5, which can be found on the UCR website, the 2018 fee levels have now been determined. Generally, a 9 percent reduction in fees has been mandated.
TSPs can/should now move forward with completing the 2018 UCR process. Remember, this is a requirement for maintaining a TSP’s approval to participate in government programs.
According to the memorandum posted to the UCR website, “Since the 2018 registration has had to be delayed several months, however, the UCR Board is requesting states not to enforce until 90 days after the fees go into effect; that is, not until April 5, 2018.”
IAM has brought this to the attention of U.S. Transportation Command and has encouraged them to follow the 90-day enforcement recommendation as set forth in the memorandum. At this point USTC has not made any official determination as to when they will begin enforcement.
TSPs should act immediately to ensure compliance with the UCR requirement.
How 30-day prototyping could solve the Army’s cyber-buying woes
Editor’s Note: the following article describes a new DOD IT system acquisition process. This new process was used to contract for the services to develop the new DPS prototype currently under development.
The idea of buying technology faster, better and more cost-efficiently isn’t new in the government, but the Army believes it can improve its cyber-specific acquisition. In the Army’s program executive office for enterprise information systems, officials in the defense cyber operations program are following a new acquisition strategy, one that takes advantage of a consortium-based approach and other transaction authority to achieve goals like a 30-day prototyping process.
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:
- 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
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 Dec. 13. This means that the rate charges by US Bank to process government invoices through their electronic billing and payment platform Syncada have increased as of Jan. 1 this year.
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.
U.S. Transportation Command (USTC) released the official 2018 Defense Personal Property Program (DP3) rate filing schedule on Dec. 1 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
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, Mass. Major airports serving Southbridge are Boston Logan Int'l (BOS) at 56 miles away, and Bradley Int'l (BDL) at 35 miles away.
The agenda topics and lodging/registration information is on the IAM website. It important that you read this thoroughly as it contains some time sensitive dates.
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
Unwinding bureaucracy: Start of 2018 to see major Pentagon reform
The first two months of 2018 will see two major shifts on the business side of the Pentagon, with the creation of three new offices that will report directly to the secretary of defense. The goal, deputy secretary of defense Patrick Shanahan told reporters on Dec. 21, is to make the changes as irreversible as possible in a system notoriously impervious to substantive changes.
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.
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.