eGov/Mil Newsletter: Feb. 22, 2019
In this Issue:
- USTRANSCOM Industry Day for DoD Household Goods (HHG) Sole Source Contract
- IAM Capitol Hill Outreach Reminder
- GSA Amendment 3 to the CHAMP RFO Dated 23 August, 2018
- Try These Ideas Before Privatizing Military Moves
USTC held an “Industry Day” on 19 February for interested parties to learn more about the proposed contracting effort to outsource the DoD HHG program. The linked slides and spreadsheets (Meeting Agenda and List of Questions) were provided to Industry Day participants. The day consisted of a series of presentations during the morning portion of the event, and "one-on-one" sessions in the afternoon where individuals could choose to meet with USTC's Acquisition, Personal Property, Finance, and Small Business staffs.
To be very clear, USTC is moving forward very aggressively with this contracting effort.
The morning briefings, as depicted in the attached slides, were kicked off by opening remarks from Mr. Rick Marsh. He is the civilian deputy to RDML Clarke in USTC's Strategy, Policy, Programs, and Logistics Directorate. Mr. Marsh covered "how we got here" by highlighting what he called 40 years of DOD families concerned with quality of service, poor claims process, and lack of accountability actions that DoD can take with carriers to improve performance. He said industry has offered solutions in the past, but government staffers are resistant to change, and wanted to hold on to their requirements, and therefore created the environment we are in today. And from his perspective, since government managers are resistant to change their programs, it's time to outsource and let industry experts make real change. He said status quo is not how DoD would deliberately build this program today, so it's time to move past the current program. He said this is not a money saving drill, it's about improving quality for the member.
Lt Col Ryan provided a brief on the PWS requirements. She said they were looking for industry inputs on how to make the PWS better; what should or shouldn't be included; what industry needed in the document to make it a successful effort. If not in the open session, they were hoping for more details from potential bidders during the one-on-one meetings. She mentioned that Fedex and UPS don't ask Amazon to move Christmas to better manage their surge, and DoD will not change their summer PCS surge requirements to fit industry's desired moving model.
Amy Miller from Acquisitions briefed the contract timeline. The new AQ Director, Ken Brennan (who has been on the job for two weeks), got up to provide remarks and take questions. Mr. Brennan came from the Acquisition function at OSD. Amy Miller covered slide #31 in the attached slides. Of note, they intend to complete the PWS and issue a draft request for proposal by 15 March; issue the solicitation by 21 June; receive proposals from bidders by 5 August; and select an awardee by 1 November, 2019.
Members in the crowd made statements about the aggressive timeline. Asked for USTC to consider studying the problem before coming to a solution. Audience members recommended if they did go forward to use a phased approach, and slow down the timeline to ensure DoD gets it right. Additionally, USTC was asked whether they would consider separate contracts for international and domestic functions, to which they replied they had not considered it. All inputs were received professionally, and politely. Mr. Marsh even stated that they understand how important it is to get this right, and they would move forward cautiously and deliberately; and that if the DoD got "sticker shock" from the bids, that would be the time to re-evaluate whether they could move forward. But to me, there was no intent to be deliberate or slow the effort down. Regardless of concerns presented and an apparent lack of detail on specifics from USTC on the overall structure of the contract, it appears the effort will continue to move forward rapidly.
Sources: USTRANSCOM; IAM
IAM staff pushed an IAM-AMSA combined Congressional Outreach Package to members to help shape a grass-roots Congressional outreach effort to discuss the impact of USTC’s HHGs sole source contract initiative. Please review the package, and use the products to engage Congressional leaders in your area. You can direct any questions to Dan Bradley, IAM’s Director of Government & Military Relations at email@example.com.
A number of IAM and AMSA members have engaged House and Senate staffs to discuss concerns and potential impacts to DoD’s HHG program if it is outsourced to a single company. IAM and AMSA’s Government Relations teams have spent significant time on Capitol Hill supporting member visits, preparing responses to Congressional staffs, and engaging Senate and House Armed Service Committee staffs and members.
Section 5-3.1.1. International Country Codes, has been amended to identify specific cities (along with their corresponding Codes) within India and Thailand for which rate offers may be filed.
The Department of State has also requested that the ERRC amend its non-alternating, Agency Specific Code DOSDC. Section 3-12.6. Application of International Rate Offers for Specific Cities within Countries, has been amended to include the specific city additions for India and Thailand as identified above.
Please refer to the entire document to see all relevant information.
Try These Ideas Before Privatizing Military Moves
The below article was posted in the “Opinions” column on military.com. It’s authored by Megan Harless, the creator of Military Spouse Chronicles and originator of the change.org petition calling for DoD to hold moving companies accountable.