eGov/Mil Newsletter: October 19, 2018

October 19, 2018

In this Issue:

  • USTRANSCOM Non-Peak Season Slides – Week 41
  • IAM Annual Meeting
  • Hurricane Michael Impact to Tyndall AFB, Florida
  • USTRANSCOM Draft Code 2 CONOPS
  • IAM Here 2 Help Action Alert: 25 Immediate Ways You Can Help the Survivors Of Hurricane Michael And Hurricane Florence
  • Military.com Says “Tough PCS Peak Season Sparks Changes”
  • Congress Traded Operations & Maintenance For Modernization In 19 Appropriations

USTRANSCOM Non-Peak Season Slides – Week 41

USTRANSCOM held its first non-peak teleconference of the season on October 11, 2018. The slides can be found here.

 

Coming out of peak season, USTRANSCOM stated they would continue a non-peak call at least once per month. The slides are the result of that first meeting. All slides were characterized as “green” meaning no major issues, except the missed RDD slide (#14). The missed RDD numbers are still above the previous three-year average, and are a result of the well-known difficulties (driver crisis and labor shortages, port congestion, etc) associated with this past peak season.

 

Sources: USTRANSCOM, IAM

IAM Annual Meeting

IAM successfully completed it’s 56th Annual Meeting and Expo from 5-8 October at the Gaylord Convention Center, National Harbor Maryland. There were over 1,700 members and invited guests in attendance from around the globe. Of note, IAM held multiple sessions to discuss DOD and Government household goods programs. Representatives from GSA, Department of State, USTRANSCOM, Department of the Air Force, Army Claims Service, and Joint Personal Property Shipping Offices participated in panel updates and a question and answer session. Great insight was provided by panel members on various programs and issues. And attendees were first to hear about some proposed new initiatives presented by USTRANSCOM representatives. The Expo Hall and various knowledge labs provided opportunities for Government and DOD members to interact with industry representatives and learn about new initiatives and explore new household goods applications like IAM Mobility Exchange. See you in Chicago next year.

 

Source: IAM

Hurricane Michael Impact to Tyndall AFB, Florida

Per Joint Personal Property Shipping Office – South Central (JPPSO-SC), in response to extensive hurricane damage to the installation, the Air Force expects to move nearly all Tyndall AFB military members and dependents in the very near future.

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Sources:JPPSO-SC, IAM

USTRANSCOM Draft Code 2 CONOPS

Friday evening, 12 October, USTRANSCOM provided IAM and AMSA a copy of a CONOPS regarding a new Code 2 initiative. This will completely change the way DOD business is handled. After significant industry feedback, it appears USTRANSCOM will consider altering the current CONOPS to potentially include additional parameters. Further updates may be forthcoming.

Read the CONOPS here.

 

Sources: IAM, USTRANSCOM

 

IAM Here 2 Help Action Alert: 25 Immediate Ways You Can Help the Survivors Of Hurricane Michael And Hurricane Florence

The images of Hurricane Michael’s debris and devastation are heartbreaking, especially when they are combined with what we’ve already seen in the Carolinas as a result of Hurricane Florence. And there is no sugar-coating how long and difficult the path to recovery will be. In fact there’s so much to do that it’s difficult to know where to start.

 

Thankfully there are several great minds who can point us in the right direction, including St. Francis of Assisi, who reportedly once advised, “Start by doing what’s necessary, then by doing what’s possible.”

 

See more on what you as a Moving Company can do to support Hurricane Relief efforts here.

Source: American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN); IAM

Military.com Says “Tough PCS Peak Season Sparks Changes”

An article posted on Military.com says officials who oversee the Pentagon’s vast household goods moving system are rolling out a series of system changes and upgrades after a rash of complaints regarding lost and broken household goods over the summer’s peak moving season gained national attention.

 

Those problems sparked interest from lawmakers and the Pentagon's service chiefs after a Change.org petition started by a military spouse gained over 102,000 signatures.

 

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Congress Traded Operations & Maintenance For Modernization In 19 Appropriations

One place Congress did not go for savings in the Defense budget was reducing the number of servicemembers. The Senate had proposed shaving the personnel increases that the president’s budget proposed. However, these increases were modest compared to the large force structure increases that the president proposed as a candidate. For example, the regular Army would increase to 487,500 active duty in fiscal 2019. Of note, the latest appropriations bill also has language prohibiting a BRAC.

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10/11/2018

Source: breakingdefense.com