eGov/Mil Newsletter: June 28, 2019

June 28, 2019

In this Issue:

  • USTRANSCOM Weekly Peak Season Teleconference (27 June)
  • American President Lines (APL) Terminal Closure at Los Angeles Port
  • New Global Household Goods Contract (GHC) Content Posted by USTC
  • Potential Amendments Offered to House and Senate Floor on NDAA Related to Global Household Goods Contract

USTRANSCOM Weekly Peak Season Teleconference (27 June)

At the end of the peak season call for 27 June, COL Lounsbrough made a couple of comments of note.  First, he stated he knows peak season has been challenging, and that they’ve put a lot of new things on the JPPSOs and TSPs, but so far the major customer complaints that he is hearing about at his level are down this year as compared to last year.


Second, there is a new Lt Col on staff.  Her name is Rayna Lowery.  Lt Col Lowery is taking over “Current Ops” from Lt Col Ryan.  Lt Col Ryan will focus more on “Future Ops”.  Lt Col Lowery is being re-assigned from within USTC.  Prior to that, she was stationed at Dover AFB, DE where she was the Logistics Readiness Squadron Commander. 


Additionally, COL Marshanna Gipson is COL Lounsbrough’s replacement, and should be on board in the next two weeks. 


There are Service representatives at USTC this week discussing Service roles under the Global Household Goods Contract (GHC). 


Download the slides. Slide Highlights:

-          #4: Week 25 figures are a little ahead of the three-year average, but shrinking each week.

-          #5 A-D: Biggest capacity challenge is this week (week 26) as expected.

-          #6: Shipment award data is trending lower than the three-year average across all markets. Likely due to significant increase in awards when TDL went live in the Spring, and recent DPS Server challenges that made things difficult for TSPs and JPPSOs.

-          #7: Near all-time high on percentage of short fuse.  Related to increase in short fuse window increasing to 15-days. 

-          #10: Army leading all Services at 12% for Code 2.  Overall combined Code 2 is 9%.

-          #12: At its worst, it took about 12 refusals to get a shipment award.  Offer holding time is better under the automated refusals than when refusals were last used with no auto re-offer.  The offer lead time is pretty solid, measuring when a shipment is offered to the TSP as compared to pick up.

-          #14: Week 25 only showed about 8,000+ refusals; makes it appear as though capacity is opening up.  AF JPPSOs challenged that presumption saying while refusals are down, so are awards, and the JPPSOs are not seeing capacity well into July. 


Next week peak call will be virtual (slides only, no call) due to the holiday weekend.



Source:  USTC; IAM

American President Lines (APL) Terminal Closure at Los Angeles Port

APL’s terminal in Los Angeles will be closed two consecutive week days during the peak volume for DoD Household Goods.  Those closures are Thursday July 4th and Friday July 5th.  Expect significant delays in Los Angeles because of these closures. 


TSP’s are reminded to provide details in DPS remarks to keep customers and JPPSOs aware of the cause of potential delays such as this, as well as any actions you have or are taking to mitigate delays.   



Source:  IAM/ISA

New Global Household Goods Contract (GHC) Content Posted by USTC

As of 27 June, USTC posted new GHC content on fed biz ops.

USTC provided updates to the Questions & Answers (Q&A) document, as well as various updates on the request for proposal (RFP).




Potential Amendments Offered to House and Senate Floor on NDAA Related to Global Household Goods Contract

There are plenty of actions still working through the House and Senate related to language that could impact the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) with regard to the Global Household Good Contract (GHC).  As an example, an amendment was recently offered to the House floor for the upcoming NDAA vote in the House. It would require an additional GAO report to analyze the effects that outsourcing the DoD household goods program would have on members of the Armed Forces and their families.  It is unclear whether it would overlap with the GAO report already requested on the Senate side. This amendment was offered by Representative Lamborn of Colorado.  The House is shooting to vote on this bill around July 10th.  


On 27 June, the full Senate passed the Substitute Amendment (764) to S. 1790 (the NDAA FY 2020 Authorization Act), by a vote of 86 to 8. On 28 June, the Senate will vote separately on an Iran war/declaration and Congressional authority, but this will not change the DP3 program provisions, or anything else in the passed bill. On the Senate side language was floated by the Veterans’ Affairs Committee as an amendment to the Senate’s version of the NDAA on the floor.  This amendment considered a requirement that all Transportation Service Providers used by DoD for household goods, provide electronic tracking for all packed items consistent with industry standards for the shipment of packages.  This amendment was NOT included in the final passed Senate bill.



Source:  IAM