eGov/Mil Newsletter: Feb. 9, 2018

February 09, 2018

In this Issue:

  • Registration Continues for IAM’s DOD European Workshop
  • Quick Action by IAM and USTC Help Avoid Major Issue in Europe
  • USTC Spring Personal Property Forum (PPF) Update
  • Showcase your humanitarian and charity work in Movers Doing Good
  • More on the Newly Proposed DPS Prototype
  • DoD's Military Move Site Gets Upgrade
  • 2018 DP3 Rate Filing Update
  • JPPSO-NE TSP/Agent Meeting
  • DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes
  • Mattis: If given a budget, 'we will spend the money wisely'
  • Deploy or get out: New Pentagon plan could boot thousands of non-deployable troops

Registration Continues for IAM’s DOD European Workshop

Registration for IAM’s DOD European Workshop has been open for approximately three weeks and registrations have been growing at a very steady pace. Registrations approach 70 with almost 20 of those coming from U.S. government personnel.

IAM has opened the door to sponsorship opportunities for this event. Two companies have already signed on as Workshop sponsors. IAM would like to thank The Pasha Group and US Bank for their sponsorship of the event.

IAM is offering very limited sponsorship opportunities for the Workshop. If you have any interest in acting as event sponsor contact Charles White, IAM Senior Vice President, with any questions you may have. Charles.White@IAMovers.org

IAM is excited to revive the face to face dialog between DOD and the industry in Europe.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to dialog with DOD personnel from across Europe.

The Workshop registration website is now open.

The cost to register for the two-day event is $250.

The meeting will be held at the Dorint Hotel in Mannheim, Germany. Hotel rooms are available under a block at the Dorint. Use the code “IAM” when reserving a room at the hotel. The cost for a room under the block is 140 Euro, which includes breakfast.

Reservations can only be made by either email or phone through the hotel’s reservation department.

Contact:

Kathrin Selmani + 49/621 1251 924

Kathrin.selmani@dorint.com

IAM highly encourages any companies involved in, or interesting in becoming involved in, the U.S. Department of Defense International moving program, particular in the European Market, to register for this event.

Source: IAM

Quick Action by IAM and USTC Help Avoid Major Issue in Europe

Some of you may have seen a memorandum released earlier this week by the U.S. Army Headquarters in Europe which indicated that “knockdown”/disassembled liftvans

“supplied from the carriers in the United States have lost their authorization for international freight transport.” The message also indicated that “all these crates, which are delivered in a disassembled state, must either be re-treated or destroyed.” It seems the message was borne out of a misinterpretation of the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures No. 15 (ISPM 15) rules. The ISPM 15 standard governs the rules regarding the proper treatment for all wood packaging materials.

This message went out in late December 2017 from the U.S. Army Headquarters in Europe to all of the Army Transportation offices across Europe. That information was then shared with European agents Feb. 7.

The message was forwarded to IAM the following morning, Feb. 8.

It was quickly realized this was an untenable situation, particularly in light of the rate filing being already underway and the inability of TSPs to adjust their rates to account for this very significant policy change.

IAM contacted both USTRANSCOM HQ and USTRANSCOM-Europe to express our concerns with the memorandum and specially addressed how we felt the memorandum had incorrectly interpreted the ISPM 15 rules.

We are pleased to report that USTRANSCOM moved quickly to reverse the memorandum guidelines and issued the following message to all critical stakeholders:

Please disregard...the memo you originally received regarding the reuse of disassembled HHG crates. There have been no changes to ISPM No. 15 with regard to importing disassembled HHG crates, and exporting constructed crates. TSPs should continue to adhere to International/host nation/US Customs agriculture guidelines for the entry of wood packaging material.

Warehouse inspections that reveal issues with HHG crates, will be addressed to the specific TSP responsible for the shipment.

IAM greatly appreciates USTRANSCOM’s prompt action in this matter!

Sources: IAM & USTC

USTC Spring Personal Property Forum (PPF) Update

U.S. Transportation Command (USTC) has confirmed with IAM that they plan to hold a spring Personal Property Forum (PPF) in 2018. A contract with the venue has still not yet been finalized but the date of March 13 has been set.

IAM, in partnership with AMSA, will hold a Pre-PPF Industry Meeting, in the afternoon on Monday, March 12. The time for the Pre-PPF is tentatively scheduled for 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. It is likely that the meeting will take place in the same venue as the PPF. Once USTC has a contract in place, IAM will follow up with specific location and times for both events.

The day following the PPF, March 14, USTC plans to hold a “Pre-Peak Season” meeting. This meeting is an ‘invitation-only’ meeting open only to Association employees, USTC staff and representatives from the Military Services. IAM will provide a detailed recap of that meeting in a future eGov/Mil newsletter.

Following is the message received from USTC regarding the PPF:

Personal Property and Industry Representatives,

As discussed at the 2017 Personal Property Forum, we are planning a two-day

PPF in the Scott AFB, IL area. This Spring PPF will be held Tuesday, 13

March 2018 from 0800-1700 and will focus on topics intended to prepare all

participants for the upcoming peak season. The Day 2 Pre-Peak Season Meeting

will be conducted Wednesday, 14 March 2018 from 0800-1700.  Day 1 is open to

all comers, Day 2 is open to both Industry Associations and government

attendees (HQ staff, PPSOs, PPPOs at your discretion) from 0800-1200; the

afternoon session is reserved for government only attendees (1300-1700).

Venue locations will be announced as soon as they are confirmed.

The PPF will consist of short introductory government/Services/Industry-led

presentations followed by the bulk of the day focused on group breakout

sessions.  These group sessions will be rotational in nature, giving

attendees an opportunity to interact with a variety of stakeholders in 30

(or so) minute blocks throughout the day.  Each break out is intended to

allow a free-flow Q&A between the facilitator and the group of participants.

Proposed topics include DP3 and DPS updates, 2018 Rate Filing, Quality

Assurance, and Defense Digital Service's status of the "new" www.move.mil

site and Support System Prototype/TSP API (two-way interface).   

Request you submit topics of interest (for both days) that you would to

present or want to receive by 31 January 2018 so that we can prepare briefing charts and finalize the agenda.  We'd also need recommended facilitators for the group sessions

(i.e. rates team, DDS, specific PPSOs, industry associations, etc.)  We also

request you RSVP so we can obtain a headcount for lodging and venue size.

Please don't hesitate to contact me or the staff if you have any questions.

Thanks again and we look forward to a great spring PPF.

TODD M. JENSEN, Lt Col, USAF

Chief of Operations, Defense Personal Property Program

USTRANSCOM J4-H

 

Sources: USTC & IAM

Showcase your humanitarian and charity work in Movers Doing Good

IAM members have a great opportunity in the March/April issue of The Portal to inspire others with stories of how they have come to the aid of disaster victims and responded to global humanitarian crises. The deadline for submissions is February 15--read more on IAM Connected!

More on the Newly Proposed DPS Prototype

IAM continues to dialog with U.S. Transportation Command regarding their plan to rollout a new Personal Property Prototype system during the 2018 Peak Season.

IAM has raised a number of significant concerns regarding the rollout plan in a formal letter submitted to USTRANSCOM earlier this week. The primary concern is the plan to start moving shipments through the Prototype on June 1, right in the middle of the busiest time of the year for the household moving industry.

We feel that rolling out a new system in the middle of the Peak Season is untenable.

IAM would like to support USTRANSCOM in its move to replace the Defense Personal Property System (DPS) with a more state of the art transportation management system. However, we believe that implementing the new system during Peak Season is foolhardy and would inhibit the possibility of the Prototype’s success.

The lack of information, specific details and the time to train on the new system are further reasons to delay the implementation of the Prototype until after the Peak Season.

As of yet, IAM has not received a response to its formal communication with USTRANSCOM. As more information becomes available it will be shared with the membership.

Sources: USTC & IAM

DoD's Military Move Site Gets Upgrade

A recent upgrade to the Pentagon's online military move portal aims to make the system more user friendly for relocating troops, officials told Military.com. Launched in 2009, Move.mil was designed for two tasks: Connecting service members with the U.S. Transportation Command (TransCom) Defense Personal Property System, known as DPS, and helping all users -- troops, moving companies and the DoD's transportation offices -- with information.

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2018 DP3 Rate Filing Update

The first round of the U.S. Transportation Command’s 2018 Defense Personal Property Program (DP3) rate filing ended at 6:00 p.m. CST on January 22, 2018. From all accounts this has been one of the most successful rate filing since the beginning of the DP3. Very few issues have been identified

The schedule for Round 2 is as follows.

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

Sources : USTC J4-H & 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 March 19. 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 away, and Bradley Int'l (BDL), 35 miles away. See the agenda topics and lodging/registration information. It important that you read this thoroughly as it contains some time sensitive dates.

Source: JPPSO-NE

DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes

Navy Household Goods Industry Days Update

The Navy has published their planned March dates for the Navy Household Goods Industry Days in the Cloud. There will be seven separate teleconferences that will be based on the individual host’s time zone. Changes have been made to the schedule due to conflicts with US TRANSCOM’s Spring Personal Property Forum. Send specific topics/issues/concerns no later than March 1 to deborah.mcglennon@navy.mil and deloma.miley1@navy.mil. See the complete schedule and directions on how to log into the events.

 

Unified Carrier Registration for 2018 Now Available

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.

 

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

Mattis: If given a budget, 'we will spend the money wisely'

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis made a rare television appearance before the White House press corps Wednesday to speak directly to the public — and perhaps, more importantly, to Capitol Hill — to convince them that anything short of a regular budget would do irreparable harm to an already cash-strapped military.

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Deploy or get out: New Pentagon plan could boot thousands of non-deployable troops

Service members who have been non-deployable for the past 12 months or more will be separated from the military, based on new Defense Department policies that are under final review. The “policy will require the services to process members who are non-deployable for 12 consecutive months for admin or disability separation,” according to a draft summary of the policy obtained by Military Times.

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