eGov/Mil Newsletter: May 18, 2018
In this Issue:
- IAM Welcomes Daniel J. Bradley as Director of Government & Military Relations
- Personal Property Prototype – “My Move” Update
- USTC Holds Weekly Peak Season Teleconferences with Industry and the Military Services
- USTC 2018 Fall Personal Property Forum
- The second most stressful event for military families
- USTC Reiterates Blackout Rules
- DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes
- This new Navy rule means more flexibility for families on the move
- Chao Promotes Public-Private Partnerships as Infrastructure Funding Remains Uncertain
- European Commission will review shipping regulation of shipping
May 14, 2018
I am very pleased to advise that IAM has completed another critical step in the successful transition of leadership with the hire of Dan Bradley (USAF Lt. Col, Ret.) as our new Director of Government & Military Relations (DGMR). Several months ago, I formally announced I am preparing to step down as IAM President around the end of this year. Senior Vice President Charles White will become IAM’s new President, and Dan Bradley will take on many of his current responsibilities as the new DGMR.
Bradley will serve as the primary contact between the Association and its membership with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and other U.S. federal agencies with whom the IAM Membership conducts business, and which have enforcement and regulatory authority over the moving, forwarding and relocation industries.
“I am incredibly excited that Dan Bradley will be stepping into the role that I have handled for IAM for almost 14 years,” Charles White said. “Dan brings a wealth of knowledge from his experience in the U.S. military and as a DOD civilian. As a former Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) Director of Personal Property, he brings a perspective to the job that will provide new insights into the inner workings of the Department of Defense. I look forward to working side by side with Dan as I transition into my new role as President of IAM.”
Bradley is a U.S. DoD logistician with a broad background in domestic and international transportation operations, including operational level transportation movements and command headquarters policy, guidance, and oversight of freight, personal property, and unit deployment functions. Over the past 12 years, he has held numerous positions in the SDDC, culminating in his assignment as Chief, Domestic Movement Support Division, where he led a staff of 30 in SDDC’s CONUS freight services functions responsible for the commercial carrier registration, performance, and freight tender programs.
Key to his new role at IAM, Bradley also served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Personal Property (SDDC), where he was responsible for DoD’s Personal Property Program. There, he led 90 personnel in over 12 geographically separated locations to manage the movement of household goods and privately-owned vehicle shipments worldwide. He was involved in the establishment of the Defense Personal Property Program (DP3) business rules, engaged with household goods carriers, and hosted monthly Council of Colonels and Captains and quarterly General Officer Steering Committee meetings to guide the implementation of DP3 and its associated Defense Personal Property System (DPS).
Please join me in congratulating and welcoming Dan to the IAM professional staff, and we look forward to your support of him in his new role.
Terry R. Head, CAE, CMC
President, International Association of Movers
It now appears that the new U.S. Transportation Command’s Personal Property Prototype will take on the moniker of “My Move”. It has always been envisioned that this new system will be customer focused and is being designed with the DOD military transferee in mind. Thus, My Move.
We have also learned that the proposed June 1 start date will only be used to begin testing Personally Procured Moves (PPM). This means that the industry will not be involved in the initial testing of the Prototype. PPMs will be the initial “guinea pigs” in Prototype testing. Only after PPMs have moved successfully via the My Move system will true Defense Personal Property Program (DP3) shipments (and industry) become involved in the testing.
IAM has recently been briefed by USTRANSCOM leadership that the new target date for the movement of DP3 shipments in the My Move system will be delayed until approximately October 1, 2018. System development has proven to be a bit more complex than had been previously anticipated and USTRANSCOM and their contractors want to ensure that the system is completely viable before it is rolled out for industry participation. USTRANSCOM also understands the issues with rolling out a new system during Peak Season. For these reasons they believe that delaying the My Move rollout is best for all stakeholders. U.S. Transportation Command remains highly confident that the My Move system will be a significant improvement on the legacy Defense Personal Property System (DPS).
USTRANSCOM is planning to provide an official update on the progress of the My Move system in the near future.
Sources: IAM & USTRANSCOM
U.S. Transportation Command holds weekly Peak Season teleconferences with the industry associations, the military service headquarters and many of the transportation offices.
The teleconferences will take place every Thursday morning through mid-August.
A short summary of this week’s (Week 20) discussion follows:
- COL Ralph Lounsbrough led off the teleconference with the announcement that the release of the new “My Move” ‘prototype’ system will be delayed until approximately October 1, 2018. The original June 1, 2018 date will be the kickoff for testing Personally Procured Moves (PPM), but true DP3 moves and industry participation will be delayed until the fall.
- Shipment volumes for shipments booked (awarded) during the Peak Season remain approximately 9500 shipments above the 3-year average. The last two weeks of May and the anticipated volumes for June remain at or above the 3-year Peak Season averages.
- The number of “Capacity” Reports, which actually are indicators of NO capacity, increased dramatically this week. It is obvious that capacity (agent & hauler) is drying up quickly.
- Non-Temporary Storage (NTS) capacity is also quickly “drying up” in many areas. The Storage Management Office (SMO) at USTC is using two mitigation strategies to help alleviate the problem:
- Requesting “Saturation” rates from NTS TSPs in areas where capacity is an issue. These rates are to incentivize NTS TSPs to provide more capacity. These rates will only be affective until the end of capacity crunch.
- Requesting NTS TSPs to provide rates to handle in and deliver out crated shipments coming from DPM contractors.
- Short Fuse shipment percentages are at all time lows. Currently well below 10%. However, with May and June looking like there will be significant capacity concerns the USTC staff started the first discussions regarding the possible expansion of the short Fuse shipment criteria from 5-days to 10-days. This is a technique that has been utilized in recently years in an attempt to find pockets of capacity within the industry. USTC is looking at the possibility of expanding the Short Fuse in 3-weeks (Week 23).
- Next week the industry representatives that participate on the call will have an opportunity to provide the industry’s perspective on how the Peak Season is progressing and the issues we are facing.
If IAM members have issues they would like to recommend be discussed during these calls please provide the topics to IAM’s Senior Vice President Charles White at Charles.White@iamovers.org no later than close of business on Wednesday, the day before the teleconference.
Sources: IAM & USTRANSCOM
Editor’s Note: Though no firm date has been set for the fall Personal Property Forum (PPF), U.S. Transportation Command recently issued the following Advisory which is already requesting proposed discussion items for the event.
The cutoff for topic submission remains May 18. IAM encourages the membership to respond as quickly as possible to the Advisory with any topics you believe should be discussed at the PPF, as there is no guarantee that the response period will be extended.
USTRANSCOM Personal Property Advisory #18-0069
Date: 3 May 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 Fall Personal Property Forum (PPF) - Request for Topics
1. USTRANSCOM J4-H is in the planning stages of this year’s Fall PPF, with a projected two-day forum in the third or fourth week of September. The first day will follow a similar structure to the 2018 Spring PPF, with large group sessions in the morning and breakout sessions in the afternoon. The second day of the forum will be split between a leadership-only forum and small group training sessions (which are in support of the Defense Personal Property Program’s (DP3) Training Initiative). Topics for the breakout sessions on day 1 and training sessions on day 2 will be developed based on your input.
2. We seek your feedback on what topics should be discussed, who you would like to interface with and what training topics will provide the most value to your organization. Please email your requested breakout sessions/training topics to email@example.com by close of business on 18 May 2018. This will allow our staff to review your input, gain approval of topics and secure requisite facilitators and/or trainers.
3. Official invitations and additional information announcing the details of the 2018 Fall PPF will be sent at a later date. This advisory is only a request for topics.
4. This message was approved for release by the Chief, Personal Property Division, USTRANSCOM J4-H.
Sources: USTC & IAM
The second most stressful event for military families
It's no question a deployment is the single most stressful activity a military family can encounter, but what's the second? U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Matthew M. Caruso, senior enlisted leader for U.S. Transportation Command, asked this question. "To go do their job in a combat zone, conduct humanitarian assistance or disaster relief… that's number one," Caruso said of the most common stressors facing service members. "We've found through our interactions with family members that moving is right up there with deployments in causing stress."
USTC Reiterates Blackout Rules
U.S. Transportation Command recently reissued the rules/guidelines associated with Blacking out in the Defense Personal Property System (DPS). The key factor in the message was that if ANY dates, Packing or Pickup, associated with a shipment offer are not Blacked out by a TSP then that shipment can be awarded to a TSP.
TSPs must carefully monitor their Blackouts to ensure that their Blackouts are widespread enough to ensure that unserviceable shipments are not awarded to them.
USTC Advisory 18-0072 dated May 15, 2018
Air Force Provides Process to Vet Converted Lots
The Air Force Personal Property Activity Headquarters (AF PPA) is now the single resource for “converted” Air Force shipments that were originally awarded by an Air Force Joint Personal Property Shipping Office (JPPSO).
Agents needing to make inquires on Non-Temporary Storage (NTS) or Storage-in-Transit (SIT) shipments converted to member’s expense the AF PPA is now the “one-stop-shop” for all inquiries.
The AF PPA will help with access to contact information for service members if agents have not been able to contact them regarding their goods and will also be able to determine if individuals are still in the service. This will help with ensuring that agents are compliant with the rules associated with the Service Members Civil Relief Act (SCRA).
The process and form that the AF PPA would like agents to utilize for requesting help with this process can be found at PPA HQ Request for SCRA Process.
Very few agents have taken advantage of this seamless process since it was implemented a few months ago. The AF PPA is willing to assist with both current conversion and old lots that have been sitting, unpaid, in warehouse for some time.
Take advantage of this process to either help make contact with servicemembers or to ensure compliance with the SCRA.
Air Force Identifies Eight Special Interest Areas for 2018 Peak Season
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.
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, Air Force PPA HQ
This new Navy rule means more flexibility for families on the move
Navy officials announced a new policy aimed at easing the transition of school-aged children when their sailor parent moves on permanent change-of-station orders. The sailor now can request that his or her dependents be allowed to delay their move until the end of the school year, according to a Navy news release. Until now, approvals for requests for dependents’ delayed PCS moves generally were limited to the end of the current school term ― usually June or December.
Chao Promotes Public-Private Partnerships as Infrastructure Funding Remains Uncertain
The Trump administration still is sifting through a slew of financing mechanisms, from a vehicle miles traveled fee to a fuel tax, to bolster infrastructure funding, according to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. Chao delivered keynote remarks May 14 to kick off Infrastructure Week, a series of transportation-related seminars across the country. Chao noted that she and fellow administration leaders are considering about 16 funding mechanisms and that none is totally supported by everyone.
European Commission will review shipping regulation of shipping
The European Commission will review the regulation that allows cooperation among liner shipping companies to see if it is still “relevant and delivering on its objectives” in light of the mergers and consolidation that have occurred in the industry in recent years.