eGov/Mil Newsletter: September 6, 2019
In this Issue:
- GSA Posts HTOS, Domestic Tariff, RFO and Extended Storage TOS
- GSA Amendment to 2019-2020 CHAMP RFO
- GSA XTOS Cover Letter Amended
- USTC’s Final Peak Season Call
- IAM Learning Launches Military Move Coordination Training Course
GSA Posts HTOS, Domestic Tariff, RFO and Extended Storage TOS
All GSA documents are uploaded to the HTOS, RFO, and GSA500A Reference Library and GSA’s Acquisition Gateway. All documents have a publish date of 29 August, and an effective date of 1 November, 2019.
GSA put out notice that there was an error in their August 29, 2019 email that distributed the 2019 HTOS, the Domestic Tariff, and XTOS Request for Offers. Their update stated:
Please note that there was an error in the August 29, 2019 email that distributed the 2019 HTOS, the Domestic GSA500A-2019 Tariff and the 2019-2020 CHAMP and XTOS RFOs. Monday, October 4, 2019 was identified as the due date for rate offers. The actual due date for rate offers is by 10:00 PM Central Time on Friday, October 4, 2019.
Attached is Amendment 1 to the 2019-2020 CHAMP RFO dated August 29, 2019. Amendment 1 identifies a change to the existing non-alternating, Agency Specific Code DOSSA and corrects the due date for rate offers identified in the email that distributed the RFO.
As a reminder, the Initial Filing Window of the 2019-2020 CHAMP RFO opened on August 29, 2019. All rate offers submitted in response to the Initial Filing Window are due by 10:00 PM Central Time on Friday, October 4, 2019.
GSA XTOS Cover Letter Amended
The 2019-2020 XTOS Cover Letter has been amended to update dates for submission of performance bonds and the effective date of PC Miler.
USTC held their final peak season call on 29 August. See the slides.
USTC asked PPSOs to disable their re-offer queues since TSPs now have 24 hours to accept a shipment.
Biggest takeaway from this last call: Air Force emphasized the importance of reweighs. They stated reweigh performance is at 50%. They wanted TSPs to understand the significant detrimental impact to the member when they are overweight, and how important it is to get a reweigh to potentially save the member significant money. Marines brought up a suggestion of requiring every shipment to get weighed at origin and destination as a matter of policy.
Slide #4 shows the shipment totals for the peak season are down about 3,600 shipments to date from last year. USTC said it's probably just the year to year variation in moves. Last week, the Navy mentioned they had a smaller PCS budget; and this week the Marines and Air Force questioned whether the numbers were really that different if you factor in DPMs that were used when capacity was a problem, and PPMs when members were forced to arrange their own moves when there were capacity problems.
USTC stated they felt things were returning to "normal" coming out of peak season. JPPSO-NC and SC and MA all piped in that they were still experiencing capacity issues in various areas for Code J and some Code 4 (into Korea; Turkey; Norway).
The above led to a conversation from USTC about looking at special solicitations to resolve some Code J capacity issues next year. Members attending USTC’s fall PPF should be prepared to voice their opinions on the impact of refusals this peak season, and the pros/cons of creating winner take all special solicitations for various Code J channels.
IAM Learning Launches Military Move Coordination Training Course
IAM Learning has launched the Military Move Coordination Training Course. The course costs only $100 and we have also placed the Introduction as a sample section which can be accessed without log in for free for those that wish to get a preview.