eGov/Mil Newsletter: October 17, 2019
In this Issue:
- USTRANSCOM Advisory on Annual Qualifications
- USTC Provides Updates to Global Household Goods Contract (GHC)
- Highlights from IAM Annual Meeting Government-Related Sessions
- USTRANSCOM Commander Meets with DoD Household Goods TSPs at NDTA
- Companies Begin Vying to Take Over All Military Household Goods Shipments
USTRANSCOM Advisory on Annual Qualifications
USTC released advisory 19-0124 on 27 September with information for TSPs on updating their Certificate of Independent Pricing (CIP) and Certificate of Responsibility (COR). Updates must be completed by 19 December.
Once complete, TSPs must ensure documents are in an “UNDER REVIEW” status and not showing “IN PROGRESS” or “SUBMITTED” status. See the entire advisory.
USTC Provides Updates to Global Household Goods Contract (GHC)
On 4 and 11 October, USTC posted updates to the GHC on fbo.gov. Those updates include:
- A change to when bids for the GHC are required. Previous date was 28 October; the new date is 12 Nov.
- Additionally, USTC posted Round 2 of GHC RFP Questions and Answers along with the following notes:
- Due to the volume of questions submitted, the Government was not able to provide answers to all Round 2 questions. Questions still being reviewed are now included in Round 3.
- Certain answers mention a forthcoming amendment; the Government intends to post Amendment 02 with the indicated revisions the week of 14 Oct 2019.
- The FBO package for Amendment 01, posted to FBO on 4 Oct 2019, was erroneously titled, "Amendment 2". Due to system limitations, the title of this package cannot be corrected and will remain as such.
There were three primary government-related panels at the IAM Annual Meeting in Chicago. Government representatives included experts from USTC, GSA, GSA Audits, Army Claims, Department of State, and the Air Force Personal Property Activity Headquarters. There was lively discussion on all panels. The relevant slides are available for your review in the below update.
USTC presented information on claims and DP3. Both briefs are included at the link, with the short claims presentation following directly after the DP3 update. Their draft timeline of actions leading to rate filing is included in this brief. Of note, industry should be aware that USTC intends to lengthen the timeframe a customer has for notification of loss/damage from 75 days to 180 days; base inconvenience claim payments on per diem rate as opposed to the member submitting receipts; include additional agent pass-through items; raise MPS; and make it the customer’s option, vice TSP option, to accept either repair or full repair cost (not less) for a claim.
GEN Stephen Lyons, USTC Commander, met with several DoD Household Goods executives during the National Defense Transportation Association meeting last week in St. Louis. The meeting was by invite only, and consisted of approximately 12 companies. IAM was not invited to participate, but feedback from the meeting is that the conversation centered around the Global Household Goods Contract (GHC) and the impact it could have on the current moving enterprise; ensuring appropriate dollars get to the “curbside” providers in both the current program and under the contract initiative.
It was clear to some attendees that USTC remains heavily committed to moving forward with the contract despite concerns with how the GHC might create hardship for service members, especially during the transition phase when DP3 and GHC operate side-by-side.
Companies Begin Vying to Take Over All Military Household Goods Shipments
USTRANSCOM is pressing ahead with the much-disputed plan to have a single company in charge of shipping DoD’s household goods according to the USTRANSCOM Commander.