eGov/Mil Newsletter: July 11, 2019
In this Issue:
- USTRANSCOM Weekly Peak Season Teleconference (11 July)
- USTC Has Trouble Posting New Global Household Goods Contract (GHC) Content to FBO.GOV
- Surface Deployment & Distribution Command (SDDC) Announces Open Season for Domestic Motor Freight Transportation Service Providers (TSPs)
- Installation Access Update from the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics
- USTRANSCOM Increases Loss and Damage Liability Coverage for DPM Shipments Effective 1 October 2020
- Pentagon Contract Worth Billions Set to Shake Up Moving Industry
Today’s peak season call was eerily quick and without much discussion from the Service side on any issues they are seeing.
On the industry side, we raised concerns over invoicing delays in DPS from a system perspective, and the length of time it’s taking to process invoicing at some PPSOs. The DPS contractor stated that they had seen transmission issues on Monday and Wednesday between DPS and GEX, but those are all resolved, and invoices are moving. They said invoice flow through DPS is no longer an issue, but obviously, if you have an issue, open a help desk ticket.
On the delay in processing invoices from the Service side, we were told, “this is the same issue we have every year. We can’t give the Services more manpower.” And the Navy chimed in that the delay with invoicing is because of the time they spend on the refusal process. Of note, no one on the Service side has really complained about the refusal process for a couple of weeks now. So it seems strange to blame invoicing delays on the refusal process, but blaming refusals for various issues has been a trend.
We asked about reports of NTS shipment invoices being duplicated in Syncada. USTC confirmed it was a problem, but that it too was recently fixed and shouldn’t be a concern any longer. USTC warned that TSPs should be careful not to accept payment on duplicate invoices, and if they have, it needs to be refunded. Services and US Bank are working through the duplicates that are out there right now.
As of tomorrow, short fuse shipments return to 5 days. Air Force thanked USTC for increasing the short fuse window to 15 days. They said it allowed them to manage their shipment issues when DPS was having a problem, and helped them get out from under their backlog.
USTC looking to get an advisory out soon on PPF and Hotwash dates and times. Unofficially, right now it looks like Sep 18 and 19.
- #4: Code 2 overall for peak season has been 9%. Week 27 numbers a little lower than previous years, but that’s because week 27 contained July 4 this year. USTC stated that it appears week 29-40 projected pickups were above 2018 numbers, and they were hopeful that was a sign of demand smoothing working.
- #5A: No capacity challenges now reflected in the National Capital Region and Northern California.
- #7: Short fuse (again back to 5 days tomorrow); 3 TSPs in June captured greater than 400 shipments. Turns out there were also 3 last year in June with greater than 400 short fuse shipments.
- #10: Code 2 this peak season higher than previous years. USTC will evaluate data on whether to push for more or less in the future.
- #17: missed RDDs still tracking lower than the three-year average.
Source: USTC; IAM
On July 2, USTC sent a series of six emails with content on the GHC they were having trouble posting to the FBO website. Some of the files are quite large. IAM posted the contents of those emails on our website. If you’d like to review them, they can be found at the following links:
- Pricing Rate Table
- Wage Determinations - DRAFT
- GHC RFI Data Requests 21 Jun 2019
- pcs_moves_per order 2018
- SIT Frequency And Length 2018
- TOPS Monthly Billing Jan-May 2019
- TDL iUB 2019 1ST PP
- TDL iHHG 2019 1ST PP
- TDL dHHG 2019 1ST PP
- DPS OTOs 2019
Surface Deployment & Distribution Command (SDDC) Announces Open Season for Domestic Motor Freight Transportation Service Providers (TSPs)
SDDC issued a notice in the Federal Register on 17 June that it was conducting an Open Season for domestic motor freight companies to become DOD qualified to haul freight under SDDC’s freight tender program. The Open Season is effective from 3 June 2019 to 29 February, 2020. TSPs must be registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and have valid DOT authority for 3 consecutive years. Read the entire Federal Register posting.
Installation Access Update from the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics
On June 28, the OSD updated a white paper titled, “Motor Carrier Installation Access: The Department’s Way-Forward.” This three-page paper gives the latest updates on DoD’s efforts to implement new policies that were outlined in the DoD Manual 5200.08, Vol III back in January. IAM had provided information to members on this updated Manual back in January.
The document outlines key elements of the new policy, requirements for installation access, common disqualification criteria, and current status from across the Services.
Source: ODASD (Logistics)
USTRANSCOM Increases Loss and Damage Liability Coverage for DPM Shipments Effective 1 October 2020
USTRANSCOM sent out a Personal Property Advisory (#19-0080) to inform TSPs they are raising the loss and damage liability coverage for Direct Procurement Method (DPM) shipments to $75,000 per shipment or $6.00 times the net weight of household goods, or gross weight of unaccompanied baggage.
Pentagon Contract Worth Billions Set to Shake Up Moving Industry
Bloomberg Government reporter, Travis Tritten published an article on-line about DoD’s move to a single move management contract for DoD household goods moves. The article quotes industry members, USTRANSCOM leaders, and the National Military Family Association on various perspectives, last summer’s peak season concerns, Congressional actions, and the potential impact to small businesses. You can read the full article at: