eGov/Mil Newsletter: March 9, 2018
In this Issue:
- IAM Seeks Director of Government & Military Relations
- There is Still Time to Register for IAM’s DOD European Workshop
- Members of IAM’s Executive Committee hold Telecon with USTC Regarding Prototype
- USTC Spring Personal Property Forum (PPF) and Industry Pre-Meeting Details
- Air Force Identifies Eight Special Interest Areas for 2018 Peak Season
- JPPSO-NE TSP/Agent Meeting Moved to New location
- DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes
- Maritime Commission to Investigate Port Operator Charges on Demurrage, Delays
- Senators seek budget flexibility for Pentagon
- Packaging industry warns of global shortage of paper
Do you have experience in moving, forwarding, and/or relocation with the U.S. Federal Government? A working knowledge of military and government transportation regulations?
Do you have the ability to adjust your priorities and adapt to frequent industry and regulatory change? How about knowledge of or exposure to the workings of association management?
Do you enjoy travel and speaking engagements?
If you answered “yes” to the questions above, we have one more: Would you like to work at IAM?
Terry Head has announced that he will step down as IAM president at the end of 2018 or during the early weeks of 2019, and IAM Senior Vice President Charles "Chuck" White has been confirmed to succeed Head in the role. To fill White’s role, IAM is actively seeking an individual to serve as the Director of Military and Government Affairs. This person will take on many of White's responsibilities, including (but not limited to) serving as an authority and industry advocate for IAM members involved in military and government moving in the U.S. and overseas; developing and overseeing policies, programs, communications, agency and organizational relationships, research reports, member education programs and development initiatives; and designing effective programs for the IAM Annual Meeting.
If you have read this far and feel that you are the right person at the right time for this position, IAM would love to hear from you:
- Read the full job posting here
- Forward your resume along with salary history and requirements via email to:
Subject: Director of Government & Military Relations
Registration for IAM’s DOD European Workshop is winding down as we head toward March 21-22 Workshop dates. Registrations are approaching 110 attendees 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.
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.
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 9, 2018
Workshop registration website
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.
IAM has been continually communicating with U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANCOM) regarding the new “Personal Property Prototype,” which is currently scheduled to begin awarding Department of Defense shipments on June 1. IAM has raised numerous questions regarding the new Prototype.
In late February IAM formalized its concerns regarding the Prototype, with emphasis on the proposed start date, in a letter directed to the USTRANSCOM Personal Property Director. In the response to that formal communication USTRANSCOM indicated that they were not yet ready to make a decision to delay the June 1 implementation. However, the Director of Personal Property did offer an opportunity to discuss IAM’s concerns directly with IAM’s Executive Committee.
On March 9 a teleconference was held between the USTRANSCOM Director of Personal Property, members of IAM Executive Committee and a representative of the team from the Defense Digital Service (DDS) team which are involved in the actual development of the Prototype.
The focus of the conversation was to address a wide variety of concerns that have been raised by IAM and to also to alert USTRANSCOM to the topics that they will need to cover for the industry during the March 13 Personal Property Forum (PPF). IAM wants to ensure that the entire industry is fully informed as to the current plan/progress for the Prototype so that they can make informed decisions regarding their possible participation in what will be initially a voluntary rollout of the Prototype.
Some of the topics discussed on the teleconference were:
- Why USTRANSCOM compelled to begin rolling out the Prototype in the middle of Peak Season - June 1.
- What type of training would be available for industry and when.
- The “voluntary” nature of the rollout.
- The ramp up plan for both traffic and TSPs as the rollout moves forward.
- When the API / “Two-way Interface” would be available to industry.
- Request for direct/immediate industry participation in development process
It is IAM’s hope that due to this teleconference USTRANSCOM has a better understanding of the industry’s concerns regarding this new initiative and will be better prepared to address the questions that will be raised at the Personal Property Forum.
U.S. Transportation Command will hold its 2018 Spring Personal Property Form (PPF) on March 13 at the Four Points by Sheraton, 319 Fountains Parkway, Fairview Heights, IL 62208 from 8:00 until 4:30.
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.
Sources: USTC & IAM
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.
TSPs should ensure they are enacting operating procedures to comply with these interest areas.
Sources: AFPPA & IAM
The Joint Personal Property Shipping Office (JPPSO-NE) Detachment 2, will be hosting a Transportation Service Providers/Agents meeting on March 19. The meeting was initially to be held at the Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center, Southbridge, Massachusetts but has now been moved to the Hanscom Conference Center, Concord Room, located on Hanscom Air Force Base, MA. The nearest major airport servicing Hanscom AFB is Boston Logan Int'l (BOS).
In order to gain access to Hanscom, AFB anyone wishing to attend the meeting must provide their name and date of birth to MSgt Michael Sorenson, firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than March 12, 2018.
JPPSO-NW Partnership with Industry Luncheon
JPPSO-NW will hold their annual Partnership with Industry luncheon on March 29 at 11:00 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Best Western Liberty Inn in Dupont, Wash. Register here. They plan to have guest speakers discussing the topics of base access and counseling process changes, as well as provide a farewell to JPPSO-NW Director Arthur Dearen, who is retiring soon after the meeting.
Fuel Surcharge Update
The price of fuel was $2.99 per gallon as reported on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 Upcoming FSC rates for the period 3/15/18 through 4/14/18 as follows:
GBL Domestic HHG / International HHG - 4%
GSA Domestic HHG - $0.00
GSA International HHG and BAG - $0.00
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. See the complete schedule and directions on how to log into the events.
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, AMSA & U.S. Navy
Maritime Commission to Investigate Port Operator Charges on Demurrage, Delays
The Federal Maritime Commission has ordered a formal investigation on the detention, demurrage and per diem charges made by ocean carriers and marine terminal operators. Commissioner Rebecca Dye will lead the investigation and have the authority to issue subpoenas and hold hearings, and make recommendations on commission actions on enforcement and rulemaking. A final report is due by Dec. 2.
Senators seek budget flexibility for Pentagon
A bipartisan group of senators with authority over military readiness are urging Senate appropriators to grant flexibility in spending its large, but late, budget boost for 2018. The seven senators on the Senate Armed Services’ readiness subpanel have asked the leaders of the Senate Appropriations subpanel to consider changes, arguing Congress’s tardy budgeting has unfairly penalized the Pentagon in a March 5 letter.
Packaging industry warns of global shortage of paper
Packaging industry researchers are warning of a global shortage of paper and increased prices in the face of rising demand. NOA-PRISM, which works alongside the paper packaging industry and users of packaging, has investigated global trends and predicts more price increases.