eGov/Mil Newsletter: December 9, 2019
In this Issue:
- Non-Temporary Storage Contract Industry Day
- Seeking Signatures for an Industry Letter to Commander of USTRANSCOM
- DP3 Rate Filing Message and Business Rule Changes for 2020 Due out Today
- GAO Protest Filed on Global Household Goods Contract (GHC)
- IT 20 Special Solicitation Details
- Work-Around for DPS Analytics
- USTRANSCOM Advisory on Annual Qualifications
- CONTRIBUTE to the Portal Magazine's March/April Feature
Non-Temporary Storage Contract Industry Day
As part of continuing Market Research, the Government is planning to conduct an Industry Day for the Non-Temporary Storage initiative. The Government intends to hold a general session in the morning and conduct one-on-one sessions as scheduling allows.
Date: 17 December 2019 12:00 – 5:00
Location: Scott Air Force Base Surrounding Area; Venue TBD.
All industry partners interested in this program are invited to attend. However, due to space constraints pre-registration is required. Participants interested in attending the Industry Day must pre-register by providing the information included below to TSgt Michael Heth at email@example.com and Mr. Nicholas Van Osdale at firstname.lastname@example.org not later than 10 December 2019, 1200 CST. Full details are online.
Seeking Signatures for an Industry Letter to Commander of USTRANSCOM
IAM has pushed out a letter to a broad industry distribution seeking signatures on a letter designed to highlight industry concerns with the transition to the Global Household Goods Contract (GHC). You or someone in your company should’ve received this letter last week. If you agree with the content, we’d recommend you sign the letter. We are looking for one signature per company. You can find details on the letter and how to sign it on IAM’s website.
DP3 Rate Filing Message and Business Rule Changes for 2020 Due out Today
USTRANSCOM was pushing last week to get their rate filing message and associated business rules out on 6 December, but IAM received notification late Friday that Monday, 9 December was the more likely day. We received further input over the weekend that we could expect the message out by COB Monday. Look for the updated rate filing advisory today at move.mil/sme.
GAO Protest Filed on Global Household Goods Contract (GHC)
IAM is supporting a protest filed on the GHC both legally and financially. The protest was filed on 11 November; one day prior to when bids for the GHC were due to USTRANSCOM. USTRANSCOM filed a motion to dismiss the protest on the grounds of timeliness. GAO sought inputs from both sides on the timeliness argument. We are waiting for their final decision on the dismissal. If not dismissed, there is some chance that one potential remedy to the protest will be for USTRANSCOM to provide more clarity on bid requirements, opening the bid process up again for bidders to update their submissions.
IAM asked a series of questions based on draft changes in the International Tender with regard to Special Solicitations. USTRANSCOM replied to those questions as per below, and stated they would also be included in the rate filing message.
1) Since a grouping is awarded based on the best average BVS of a TSP for all channels comprising a grouping, does that mean a grouping is re-awarded at each Performance Period (PP), since the BVS would change at that point due to the Performance Score changing at each new Performance Period?
TCJ9: No, TSPs Performance Score at the time of rate filing is used to determine the winner for the Peak (2 Performance Periods) and Non Peak (2 performance periods) cycles, using their Peak and Non Peak rate scores for each SS group. BVS will not be recomputed for the SS Group during any subsequent performance periods. The TSP with the highest BVS for Peak may or may not be the highest BVS for Non-Peak.
2) Similar question: Does the grouping get re-awarded for Non-Peak season, since the BVS would change due to updated RATE scores?
TCJ9: The Non Peak season award occurs after rate filing, using the Non Peak season Rate Scores. The TSP with the highest BVS for Peak may or may not be the highest BVS for Non-Peak.
3) For Class 2 groupings, where a TSP is allowed to turn off their faucet, what is the formal mechanism for doing so? i.e. how does a TSP alert USTC to stop awarding shipments to them on channels in the grouping?
TCJ9: TSPs should refuse shipments on a case by case basis, as Class 2 channels are still designed such that the winning TSP gets the first offer at all shipments. The design of Class 2 SS groups is that winning TSPs will not turn off the faucet completely, but any concern that they would need to do so would be addressed with USTRANSCOM who would reserve the right to remove them from the SS. We are open to comments on this approach.
4) Once a TSP has turned themselves off of a Class 2 grouping, can they turn themselves back on?
TCJ9: See above.
5) For Class 1 groupings, where a TSP is NOT allowed to turn themselves off, what happens if something comes up and they HAVE TO? What's the penalty?
TCJ9: Class 1 rules have not changed and continue to operate as SS has always operated. TSP winners in these groups may not black out or refuse. TSPs participating in the SS program are subject to punitive action in accordance with DTR Ch. 402 and 405. Business rules have not changed for Class I.
6) If a TSP is #2 on a grouping, and the #1 (winner) gets suspended or turns themselves off or for whatever other reason USTC goes to the #2 TSP on the channel, is that #2 TSP REQUIRED to accept that business?
TCJ9: Yes. TSP filing rates does so with the knowledge that they are willing to move shipments under the SS when they become number 1. According, to Item 1004 If the primary TSP (winner) is suspended or placed in non-use, the corresponding sequential TDP (i.e., #2, #3, #4, etc.) will become the primary (winner) TSP for all specific (market, GBLOC, Channel) SS shipments until suspended or non-use TSP is reinstated or the rate cycle ends.
6) Reason for concern: It is highly unlikely that if a TSP did not WIN a grouping that they would have gone about the significant activity of setting up their business to handle that traffic in the time leading up to the beginning of DP3-20. So to just all of a sudden have that spring on a TSP in the # 2 position on, say, June 20th or something may not be reasonable and they may need to decline. Remember, up until now, SS channels are pretty low volume channels, so no big deal if #2 needs to step in mid-cycle. They can handle with existing staff, or VERY minimal hiring. But if a TSP must step in as #2 on a channel that has more iUB shipments on that channel alone than any single TSP handles IN AN ENTIRE YEAR (like Code J Korea or Germany), that requires planning for TSP's staff at the TSP level. Most TSPs would need to increase their staff 4-5 times, or more, depending on the grouping. This is a whole different ball of wax than South America or Qatar.
TCJ9: Based on the explanation above on how Class 2 Groupings work (not turned off or turned on, more of a cascading effect from winner on down), should address the concern below; however, please use the CRMs to express the concern with the large volume areas (Germany, Korea, Japan, etc.)
Recently, some members were having issues accessing saved scripts in DPS Analytics. USTRANSCOM provided a work-around as follows:
Below is what should appear. If it does not, repeat the process. You may have to log out and log back in if Catalog does not appear. This will allow access to saved scripts.
Catalog will allow access to saved scripts.
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.
Africa: A Regional Focus
It’s been nine years since the Portal last focused on Africa, a region rich in opportunities, challenges, risks and rewards. During that time, the moving and forwarding industry has experienced tremendous growth in the midst of political, cultural, and economic change, and IAM member companies have risen to the occasion; this is your chance to share your company's unique experiences and your vision for the future of mobility in Africa.
Also: How to start preparing NOW for the Annual Meeting & Expo: Practical advice for new attendees about how to begin now to make the most of your time at the Annual Meeting in October. Share your best advice for new attendees on how to begin preparing in advance for this unique opportunity.