eGov/Mil Newsletter: September 6, 2018

September 06, 2018

In this Issue:

  • USTRANSCOM Weekly Peak Season Slides – Week 36
  • USTRANSCOM Weekly Peak Season Slides – Week 35
  • Draft Tender of Service Review In-Progress
  • DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes
  • What Troops Don't Know About the Moving Industry and PCS Woes
  • America’s Military Cities
  • Diesel Prices Creep Up in Anticipation of Storm Striking Gulf Coast
  • Summertime Consultation: 84% want Europe to stop changing the clock

USTRANSCOM Weekly Peak Season Slides – Week 36

September 5, 2018 Peak Season Slide Show – “Week 36”

Short fuse shipments are on the rise.  The USMC has inquired as to the reason for the rise to USTRANSCOM, but we haven’t seen an explanation as of yet.

Download the Slides

Sources: IAM & USTRANSCOM

USTRANSCOM Weekly Peak Season Slides – Week 35

August 30, 2018 Peak Season Slide Show – “Week 35”

The previous monthly peak season call with USTRANSCOM ended 23 August, but USTRANSCOM will continue to provide data weekly through September, and then monthly thereafter.  In the week 35 slides, USTRANSCOM provided a stoplight chart (slide #2) as a quick reference to where they see issues in the program.  Of note, short fuse shipments continue to rise. And USTRANSCOM continues to highlight missed RDDs as a concern (slide #14).

Download the Slides

Sources: IAM & USTRANSCOM

Draft Tender of Service Review In-Progress

IAM collected comments from industry on USTRANSCOM’s draft Tender of Service (TOS) and compiled the inputs into a single “comment matrix” for USTRANSCOM review.  We provided 55 total comments with recommended changes, and the rationale for those changes. A couple items of note include language on page 4 of the TOS regarding inconvenience claims for delivery out of SIT.  This is addressed in item #12 in the comment matrix. Paragraph C.1.a, in the TOS on page 6 requires the carrier B/L to reflect the awarded TSP. This was addressed in item #19 in the comment matrix. Paragraph C.2 on page 7 of the TOS removed wording about unsafe areas where agents/TSPs were not required to enter to pack and move household goods.  In item #28 of the comment matrix, we asked for those to be added back in.  Please see the comment matrix for all IAM-coordinated inputs.

Sources: IAM & USTRANSCOM

DOD & Government Personal Property News & Notes

JPPSO-SC Metrics on Reweighs

During a recent USTRANSCOM Peak Season teleconference, JPPSO-SC raised concerns to industry that they were seeing a surge in reweighs requested not being performed by TSPs.  IAM asked for additional data on the topic, and these slides were provided by JPPSO-SC.  Their data shows in 2015 there was a spike in TSPs not performing reweighs as requested. The percentages of non-performance dropped in 2016, but then rose slightly in 2017, and is now back on their radar in 2018 because the percentage of shipments not being reweighed as requested has risen to 2015 levels.  The data in the slides provide some perspective. Slide #3 shows customers who are overweight or within 10% of their weight limit, and reweighs not performed on those shipments.  From JPPSO-SC perspective, these are shipments that can have negative repercussions to the member who may have also performed a partial PPM; and may be stuck with additional costs, so the JPPSO wants to ensure they are doing right by the member.  Slide #8 is actual data without SCACs listed, that shows the numbers for the top 25 TSPs who fail to perform reweighs as requested.  This is a focus item for JPPSO-SC, and they will take performance action on these failures.  You will likely hear more about it at the PPF.

Sources: IAM, JPPSO-SC

 

DPS Latency Issue from 29 August

As you are aware, last week, USTRANSCOM issued a PP Advisory (#18-0102) describing latency problems in DPS in the Counseling and Shipment management modules associated with document upload and viewing.  Per USTRANSCOM, shortly after the advisory was issued, they resolved the Counseling module issue of latency.  As of 5 September, USTRANSCOM believes that “an intelligent search function” is the cause of the latest delay which impedes JPPSOs ability to pull up docs in shipment management.  According to USTRANSCOM, this should not impact TSPs.  They are expecting to do a hot fix by the end of this week to correct the issue, which should speed everything up.

Sources: IAM & USTC

 

Access to view MyMove Coding

USTRANSCOM has provided a website where TSPs can review the coding effort associated with the new personal property prototype MyMove computer system. The website contains a repository of the application source code for the Personal Property Prototype.  The contents of the website are probably meaningless to anyone other than your IT staff.  If they see something they have questions about, they should contact USTRANSCOM via email at: transcom.scott.tcj5j4.mbx.ppcf@mail.mil.

 

GSA Centralized Household Goods Program

Below are links to the General Services Administration's (GSA's) Centralized Household Goods Traffic Management Program's (CHAMP's):

All documents have a publish date of August 23, 2018 and an effective date of November 1, 2018.

Rate offers submitted in response to each of the RFOs are due by 10:00 PM Central Time on Monday, September 24, 2018.  Rate offers accepted in accordance with the RFOs will have an effective date of November 1, 2018.

In addition to being able to access these documents immediately via the links above, we are also in the process of uploading these documents to the HTOS, RFO and GSA500A Reference Library 

If you have any questions, please contact either Robyn Bennett at robyn.bennett@gsa.gov, 816-823-3644 or Kim Chancellor at kim.chancellor@gsa.gov, 816-823-3650.

Source: IAM and GSA

What Troops Don't Know About the Moving Industry and PCS Woes

Article by Ray daSilva on Military.com

In the four days that I have taken to edit this article and complete my fact checking, the number of signatures on a petition at Change.org to "Hold Military Moving Companies Accountable," started by a frustrated military family member, grew from 37,429 to 67,300. That number continues to grow every minute.

The frustration is very real, and it is a lesson for the moving services industry on the power of social media. When a story resonates, social media can help to amplify one single voice and, indeed, prompt change.

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America’s Military Cities

Learn about the top 25 cities in America with a large proportion of the population made up of military, their families, and veterans.

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Diesel Prices Creep Up in Anticipation of Storm Striking Gulf Coast

The national average retail price of diesel fuel increased by 2.6 cents, pushing the weekly average to $3.252 a gallon, according to the U.S. Energy Department’s weekly report released Sept. 4. Trucking’s main fuel now costs 49.4 cents a gallon more than it did a year ago, when it was $2.758 a gallon.

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Summertime Consultation: 84% want Europe to stop changing the clock

The European Commission has today published the preliminary results of the public consultation on clock change in Europe. This online consultation, which ran from 4 July to 16 August 2018, received 4.6 million responses from all 28 Member States, the highest number of responses ever received in any Commission public consultation. According to the preliminary results (see annex), 84% of respondents are in favour of putting an end to the bi-annual clock change.

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