U.S. House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee Hearing Highlights GHC Contract
Yesterday, the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee held a hearing with Gen. Stephen Lyons, Commander, U.S. Transportation Command. Among the topics covered by Gen. Lyons and other witnesses, was a brief update on the pending Global Household Goods Contract (GHC).
Subcommittee Chairman John Garamendi and Ranking Member Doug Lamborn (CO) continue to express interest in the GHC, and followed up with Gen. Lyons with comments and questions focused on the need for continued small business participation in any future Defense Personal Property (DP3) program. Gen. Lyons assured the Committee members that quality moving companies would not be shut out of any future program and would be given an opportunity to participate. He also indicated that the GHC is scheduled to be awarded this September, with rollout planned in time for the 2022 peak season.
Chairman Garamendi expressed concern that any GHC award and subsequent rollout not fall into challenges experienced by the privatized housing initiative. Gen. Lyons stated that TRANSCOM would retain the ability within any contract to make adjustments, if deemed warranted.
Rep. Jackie Speier (CA) inquired about the number of service member satisfaction surveys currently returned. Gen. Lyons acknowledged that while satisfaction rates among surveys returned had recently improved, only about 30% were on average submitted. He stated that TRANSCOM was working on improving the ease of survey completion by the service member, and other metrics to encourage a greater return rate, along with more valuable data for future move evaluations.