eGov/Mil Newsletter: Feb. 23, 2018
In this Issue:
- Head Stepping Down—White Stepping Up
- Registration Continues for IAM’s DOD European Workshop
- USTC Officially Announces Spring Personal Property Forum (PPF)
- More on the Newly Proposed DPS Prototype
- Quick Action by IAM and USTC Help Avoid Major Issue in Europe - Follow-Up
- Farmen returns to lead SDDC
- Air Force Identifies Eight Special Interest Areas for 2018 Peak Season
- 2018 DP3 Rate Filing Concludes
- JPPSO-NE TSP/Agent Meeting
- DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes
- DoD Now on Track to Rebuild, Restore Military, Spokesperson Says
- Personnel bosses are latest to weigh in on limiting military moves
- Services, DoD offer options to reduce military moves
- Senate confirms Martinez as next FMCSA administrator
The International Association of Movers (IAM) is officially announcing that Terry Head has formally confirmed that he plans to step down as IAM president at the end of 2018 or during the early weeks of 2019. The actual date will be determined as succession plans are firmed up in the coming months; however, this plan has been in the works for several years.
IAM members who attended the 55th Annual Meeting in Long Beach were given a hint when Head made reference during his State of the Association address that the 56th Annual Meeting in 2018 in Washington, DC, would be his last as president.
Head, who is only the third person to serve as IAM president in its 56-year history, will step down after 21 years of faithful service to the Association and a total of almost 50 years in the industry. He advises he has no plans to quit the industry altogether, and likes to refer to it not as retiring, but “rewiring.” He intends to pursue a number of opportunities in the moving and relocation industry, as well as the Association and conference management arena.
The IAM Executive Committee is pleased to further advise that IAM Senior Vice President Charles “Chuck” White has already been confirmed to succeed Head in the role. As most members are aware, White’s primary focus has been as an authority and industry advocate for the IAM members involved in military and government moving in the United States and overseas.
White, who has been with the Association for more than 13 years and was in the moving industry for 11 years before joining IAM, is a well-seasoned veteran who is ready, willing and able to take on the increased responsibilities in his new role as IAM president.
The Association will soon roll out details and qualification criteria in an open competitive search for an individual to serve as the Director of Military and Government Affairs who will take on many of White’s responsibilities in those areas.
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 90 with over 30 of those being U.S. government personnel, most notably will be the participation by Colonel Ralph Lounsbrough, who now heads up the consolidated Personal Property (USTC-J4-H) Directorate under the US Transportation Command.
IAM has opened the door to sponsorship opportunities for this event. Three companies have already signed on as Workshop sponsors. IAM would like to thank GovLog (Government Logistics), The Pasha Group and US Bank for their sponsorship of the event. We are only accepting two more sponsors for the event.
If you have any interest in acting as event sponsor contact Charles White, IAM Senior Vice President, with any questions you may have at Charles.White@iamovers.org.
The IAM mobile application now includes information on the Workshop. It includes an attendee list which will updated weekly, sponsorship information and the updated agenda for the meeting.
Download the IAM Mobile 24/7 app from the Google Play or iPhone/iPad App Store. If you are using a device that is not Android or iPhone compatible, you can use the web interface to get all the same functionality.
Attendee list – as of March 23, 2018
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.
Kathrin Selmani + 49/621 1251 924
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.
U.S. Transportation Command issued the following message on Friday February 16, 2018.
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 scheduled for 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. Like the PPF, it will also be held at the Four Points by Sheraton, 319 Fountains Parkway, Fairview Heights, IL 62208.
USTRANSCOM Personal Property Advisory #18-0042
Date: 16 February 2018
From: USTRANSCOM, Personal Property Division (J4-H), Scott AFB, IL 62225
To: All Military Service Headquarters Representatives, Worldwide Personal Property Shipping Offices (PPSOs), Personal Property Processing Offices (PPPOs), and DoD Approved Personal Property Transportation Service Providers (TSPs)
Subject: 2018 Spring Personal Property Forum (PPF) 13 March 2018
1. Save the date and ensure widest dissemination as appropriate. This year’s Spring PPF is scheduled for 13 March 2018. The PPF will be held at the Four Points by Sheraton, 319 Fountains Parkway, Fairview Heights, IL 62208. The Four Points has provided a room block for the PPF. A link to reserve a room under this block is the following: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/PPFTranscom or by calling the hotel directly (618) 622-9500. The room block includes a guest room rate of $82.00 and for attendees lodging at the hotel, a complimentary private meeting room for breakfast on Tues, March 13 (available at 0600). Free parking is a standard amenity available at the hotel. This event is open to all government and household goods industry attendees. The format for this PPF is scheduled to be a large group session running through most of the morning followed by several small breakout sessions. The small breakout sessions will be available to respond to attendee questions for abbreviated periods of time. The intent of this is to provide a smaller intimate environment for a short period, and to enable attendees to participate in various question and answer groups.
2. Please email your topics not later than 23 February to ensure personal property staff can adequately review and prepare.
3. All that are planning on attending the PPF, please forward your attendees’ names to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than COB 2 March 2018. If you have questions relating to this advisory, please submit them to the organizational email box provided. An agenda and the slides will be provided/posted NLT COB 9 March 2018. A separate message is forthcoming regarding the pre peak season business meeting intended for limited attendee participation.
4. This message was approved for release by the Division Chief, Personal Property, USTRANSCOM J4-H.
Sources: USTC & IAM
IAM continues to dialog with U.S. Transportation Command (USTC) regarding their plan to rollout a new Personal Property Prototype system during the 2018 Peak Season.
USTC has agreed to hold weekly teleconferences with IAM and the other moving associations to dialog, update and answer questions as we move toward their proposed June 1, 2018 launch date.
IAM recently received a response to the formal communication we provided USTRANSCOM requesting a delay in the planned June 1 Prototype rollout. USTRANSCOM indicated that they were making significant progress in the development of the Prototype and were not willing push back the June 1 date at this time. The response included an offer to have the leadership of the USTRANSCOM Personal Property staff to dialog directly with the IAM Executive Committee to provide an update on the Prototype and address any concerns the group may have.
IAM staff is currently working to schedule a teleconference between the IAM Executive Committee and USTRANSCOM.
As more information becomes available it will be shared with the membership.
Sources: USTC & IAM
In the last eGov newsletter we highlighted an issue raised by the U.S. Army in Europe that focused on “knockdown”/disassembled liftvans not complying with 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.
The Army in Europe had indicated that due to their interpretation of the ISPM 15 regulations “all these crates, which are delivered in a disassembled state, must either be re-treated or destroyed.”
IAM pushed back on that as an incorrect interpretation and the U.S. Army interpretation of the ISPM 15 rule was overruled by USTRANSCOM.
It now appears that the Army in Europe is applying a slightly different tactic to achieve a similar goal. Messaging has gone out from the Army indicating that Quality Control inspectors will be visiting agents in Europe to inspect their stock of liftvans (knockdowns and assembled) and will make, what seem to be, arbitrary decisions on which liftvans are viable and which cannot be used. No pre-determine criteria for fitness has been identified. They plan to mark liftvans with either RED or GREEN markers to say which ones meet their arbitrary standards. Only liftvans previously marked as GREEN will be allowed for usage on DOD shipments.
Once again, IAM has opened a dialog with all of the stakeholders in attempt redirect this action. To significantly change the way that the Army determines the fitness of the current stock of liftvans in Europe, after the rate filing has been completed, is unfair and these actions must be curtailed.
IAM will keep the membership informed as we move forward with our communication with DOD on this issue.
Farmen returns to lead SDDC
Maj. Gen. Stephen E. Farmen became the 21st commanding general of the U.S. Army's Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command during a change of command ceremony, Feb. 16, making this his second assignment in the command. Army Gen. Gustave F. Perna, commanding general of U.S. Army Materiel Command at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, was the host and presiding official, and Air Force Gen. Darren W. McDew, commander of U.S. Transportation Command, also participated in the ceremony.
The Air Force Personal Property Activity, in consultation with the three Air Force JPPSOs, has released their list of Special Interest Areas for 2018 Peak Season.
Transportation Service Providers should review these “interest areas” very closely and share this information with their agents.
The interest areas typically highlight the issues that the Air Force JPPSOs feel are in need of improvement by the industry and that they will focus their Quality Assurance actions on in the coming weeks and months.
TSPs should ensure they are enacting operating procedures to comply with these interest areas.
Sources: AFPPA & IAM
The 2018 Defense Personal Property rate filing closed on February 16, 2018 with very few problems having been identified.
The next steps are the release of the Traffic Distribution Lists (TDLs) and following that the start of awarding shipments for the 2018 Peak Season.
USTRASCOM released the following message detailing the schedule for when the Defense Personal Property System (DPS) would be unavailable for booking shipments due to the internal work necessary to build the TDLs.
USTRANSCOM Personal Property Advisory #18-0043
Date: 21 February 2018
From: USTRANSCOM, Personal Property Division (TCJ4-H), Scott AFB, IL 62225
To: All Military Service Headquarters Representatives, Worldwide Personal Property Shipping Offices (PPSOs) and Department of Defense (DoD) Approved Transportation Service Providers (TSPs)
Subject: Defense Personal Property System (DPS) Scheduled Outage for Shipment Awards to Build the Traffic Distribution List (TDL) for the New Rate Cycle (15 May 18 – 14 May 19)
1. Effective 28 February 2018 at 0900 Central Standard Time (CST) and until Monday, 5 March 2018 at 0900 Central Standard Time (CST) DPS will be “unavailable” for awarding shipments. This outage is required to build the TDL for awarding shipments under the new rate cycle, which will be available for several additional days to allow industry to assess rankings, plan internal resources and capacity, and upload ranking and cost information to internal systems.
2. The outage “will not” affect other DPS abilities such as: the ability to counsel customers and perform other shipment management functions (e.g., routing shipments, managing pre-move surveys, inbound and quality assurance, invoicing/approvals, etc.) which will remain active during this period. It is recommended the PPSOs route all shipments during this timeframe to ensure that TCJ4-H reporting reflects accurate shipment information.
3. Email questions and concerns regarding this advisory to email@example.com
4. Report technical issues that are unrelated to this scheduled outage directly to the SDDC System Response Center (SRC):
a. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
b. Telephone: toll free (800) 462-2176 or commercial (618) 589-9445, select Option 5;
c. Internet: https://www.sddc-srchelpme.com
5. This message was approved for release by the Chief of Operations Division, TCJ4-H.
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, 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.
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 email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. The complete schedule and directions on how to log into the events can be found here.
Regionalization Update for April 1
- CNNQ assumes responsibility of Fort Stewart, GA (CHAT) BGAC assumes responsibility of Fort Knox, KY (FAAM)
- Rota Spain (UNNL) assumes responsibility of Lisbon, Portugal (ULNC)
- Yokosuka, Japan (QENQ) assumes responsibility of Singapore from MLNQ
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 & U.S. Navy
DoD Now on Track to Rebuild, Restore Military, Spokesperson Says
The Bipartisan Budget Act puts DoD on track to rebuild, restore and modernize the U.S. military, Dana W. White, the Pentagon’s chief spokesperson, said. The act lifts the spending caps for fiscal years 2018 and 2019, allowing the department to climb out of a readiness trough and providing funding necessary to modernize the force.
Personnel bosses are latest to weigh in on limiting military moves
Personnel chiefs from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines, as well as the Pentagon’s personnel boss, all offered ideas on how to reduce military moves in front of a Senate panel Wednesday.
Prompted by a question from Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., they laid out a variety of options. Get the full report here from Military Times, but the responses break into some basic approaches:
Services, DoD offer options to reduce military moves
Service and defense officials outlined programs in place and under consideration to limit military moves during a Senate hearing Wednesday, ranging from servicewide initiatives to personnel tweaks ... even the possibility of allowing troops to decline a promotion if it means avoiding a change of station.
Senate confirms Martinez as next FMCSA administrator
Raymond Martinez has been confirmed as the head of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The U.S. Senate confirmed Martinez by a voice vote on Feb. 13. Also confirmed were Adam Sullivan as assistant secretary of the Department of Transportation, and Ronald Batory to head the Federal Railroad Administration.