eGov/Mil Newsletter: July 26, 2019

July 26, 2019

In this Issue:

  • USTRANSCOM Weekly Peak Season Teleconference (25 July)
  • USTC Issues Personal Property Forum (PPF) Advisory
  • Reminder on Alcohol Shipments
  • USTRANSCOM Increases Loss and Damage Liability Coverage for Non-temporary Storage (NTS) Shipments Effective 1 October 2020
  • USTRANSCOM Leadership Updates
  • FOLLOW UP on Installation Access Update from Last eGov Newsletter

USTRANSCOM Weekly Peak Season Teleconference (25 July)

Thursday’s peak call featured COL Lounsbrough’s last peak telecon. COL Gipson is essentially in charge now. COL Lounsbrough covered yesterday’s DPS unscheduled outage. He said the patch they did last weekend didn’t allow them to back up data, therefore they wanted to go back and undo what was preventing them from backing up the data.


Major topic of the day was the trouble getting Code J booked…well out into August (specifically noted by JPPSO-SE and NE). The Services voiced a great deal of frustration over this topic. It was mentioned by NE that when they go out to help secure an agent when TSPs tell them they can’t find one to service the shipment, they are being told by many agents the money isn’t there to make working the shipment profitable. There was much conversation on this topic. Which led to the JPPSO feeling they are doing more of the TSPs work to make some of these shipments happen for their customer; which then led to a discussion on refusals and how from the JPPSO perspective, the refusal process put more work on their plate, and it wasn’t worth it. In their minds, even with USTC allowing refusals JPPSOs still are having trouble getting the capacity they need to move Code J and some other overseas locations. JPPSOs see no benefit. One JPPSO asked for refusals to stop now, as opposed to the end of August. USTC said they wanted to collect as much data as possible on the initiative. JPPSOs were told to capture all the data associated with refusals so it could be properly evaluated. This includes JPPSO overtime spent, weekends worked, extended hours of operations, manual bookings, etc. Navy mentioned that when they can’t book a Code J shipment, they do not spend time hunting around for agents to handle it, they immediately turn to their DPM contract and move it that way.


Undoubtedly, across the board, the JPPSOs and thus their Service HQ, will push on USTC hard to end refusals for next year. And the iUB shipment blackout problems the JPPSOs referenced will most likely lead to many more Special Solicitations next year. The Services asked USTC for a deep dive on both topics at the PPF. COL Lounsbrough stated that the PPF would focus this fall on just a few topics so they could come to some solutions, instead of a large number of broader topics of conversation.


Industry reps discussed some of the positives of refusals, and that we’ve seen, and have heard from USTC and some Service reps that this peak season has been fairly quiet. The Marines and Army acknowledged the quietness on the call. But others piped in to say it’s due to the JPPSOs not allowing the mission to fail, and the Navy highlighted that their data suggests there have been just as many curb-side performance issues this summer as last summer, and that they would provide the data to USTC.


Slides were covered very briskly:

  • #4: No major changes.
  • #7: Short fuse dropping as expected.
  • #10: Code 2 use up to 10% last week.
  • #15: Next week (week 31) forecasted at 111% of the 3-year average. Potentially due to demand smoothing efforts to push peak season out further??
  • #16: The chart depicting SIT % was noted as having questionable data due to DPS Analytics being down last week, and could’ve resulted in bad data. USTC expects the data will adjust back close to normal next week.


Source: USTC; IAM

USTC Issues Personal Property Forum (PPF) Advisory

USTC’s PPF will start on 18 September at the Four Points Sheraton in Fairview Heights, IL. Rooms are limited, so make your reservations soon if you want to stay at the Four Points. See details on the advisory. Registration and landing fee intent must be confirmed not later than 16 Aug 2019 to Please see registration and conference details at the link.


IAM and AMSA will host a Pre-PPF meeting at the Four Points on 17 September. Timing and specific location to follow, but it will likely mirror last Spring where we held the meeting from 4:30 – 7:00 pm.



Source: USTC; IAM

Reminder on Alcohol Shipments

IAM recently received an inquiry about requirements for service members to ship alcohol from overseas back to the states. I was directed by USTC to an old advisory (SDDC-PP Advisory 16-0040) that I was told is still valid. We have re-uploaded this advisory at the below link on the IAM website for your reference. At issue with the inquiry was whether the member was still required to provide a power of attorney to the local agent. The answer I received, in concert with the advisory, was that anyone shipping alcohol is required to provide a POA to the local agent.



Source: USTC-Pacific/IAM

USTRANSCOM Increases Loss and Damage Liability Coverage for Non-temporary Storage (NTS) Shipments Effective 1 October 2020

In the last eGov I highlighted USTRANSCOM Personal Property Advisory (#19-0080) dealing with loss and damage liability coverage for Direct Procurement Method (DPM) shipments. Also of note, USTC increased loss and damage liability coverage requirements for NTS shipments as well (PP Advisory #19-0075). The NTS TSP maximum liability will be the greater of: $7,500 per shipment, or $6.00 times the net weight of the shipment, in pounds, not to exceed $75,000. See the details of this advisory.



Source: USTC

USTRANSCOM Leadership Updates

Deputy Commander: Vice Admiral Dee Mewbourne (US Navy) recently replaced Lt. Gen. John Broadmeadow as the Deputy Commander of USTRANSCOM. Vice Adm Mewbourne comes to USTRANSCOM from commanding the Military Sealift Command. Lt. Gen. Broadmeadow is now assigned as the Director, Marine Corps Staff. See an article about Vice Adm Mewbourne’s change of command from his previous position.


Director, Strategy, Capabilities, Policy, Programs, and Logistics (J5/4): MG Michael Wehr (US Army) replaced Rear Admiral Peter Clarke on 19 July. MG Wehr comes to USTC from his job as the Deputy Commander, Army Corps of Engineers. The J5/4 Directorate is where the Personal Property Program falls within USTRANSCOM.


Chief, Personal Property Program: COL Marshanna Gipson is replacing COL Ralph Lounsbrough. COL Lounsbrough is retiring on 2 August.


Chief of Operations, Defense Personal Property Program: Lt Col Rayna Lowery is now the Chief of Current Operations, per announcement from COL Lounsbrough. She will be engaged in the current DP3 program. Lt Col Lisa Ryan is now the Chief of Future Operations, now largely engaged in the Global Household Goods Contract.



Source: USTC;

FOLLOW UP on Installation Access Update from Last eGov Newsletter

On the last newsletter I reported that OSD updated a Department white paper titled, “Motor Carrier Installation Access: The Department’s Way-Forward.” A link to that paper is on the IAM website.


We subsequently followed up with Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (OASD) for Sustainment to ask clarifying questions on their paper. The question posed was, is the TWIC required in the installation access vetting systems (ePACS), or will a REAL ID compliant license also work?


OASD (Sustainment) replied as follows: A REAL ID compliant credential remains valid for access to the installation but the driver may be subject to a background check each time they visit the installation. If they enroll their TWIC, they will be continuously vetted and therefore not have to go through the background check for repeat visits to the same installation. Only TWICs are being enrolled due to software limitations. REAL ID compliant credentials remain valid for access, they just can't be used for the recurring access process. Long term, REAL ID will be included, it is just a matter of establishing policy and potential software modifications.


According to OASD, as of now, TWICs are being registered by Navy, USAF, and DLA.



Source: OASD (Sustainment)