eGov/Mil Newsletter: February 12, 2020
In this Issue:
- General Services Administration (GSA) Provides US Flag Non-Availability Guidance
- USTC Updates Non-Temp Storage Contract (NTSC) Details
- IAM Teams with American Trucking Association (ATA) on Service Contract Act (SCA) Language
- USTRANSCOM Announces Spring Personal Property Forum (PPF)
- Joint Personal Property Shipping Office (JPPSO) Industry Days
General Services Administration (GSA) Provides US Flag Non-Availability Guidance
GSA provided a Determination of US Flag Non-Availability (DNA) Request Form and a series of frequently asked questions on the DNA process to HHG industry representatives. See both those documents.
Many in industry are used to the term “foreign flag waiver.” The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has stated there is no waiver process because use of US Flag vessels is the law; and you can’t waive the law. You can only make a determination of non-availability; and thus the pivot to using the term DNA.
Source: GSA ERRC
USTC Updates Non-Temp Storage Contract (NTSC) Details
On 11 February, USTC provided an update to the NTSC stating they are postponing the award of the contract.
Per the update on the above link, “Based on industry responses and preliminary market research results, USTRANSCOM is postponing the award of an NTSC. Industry partners expressed concern with awarding an NTSC before GHC was fully operational and felt such a substantial change was too much at one time. In the interim, TOS agreements will continue to be utilized for domestically-shipped storage, and NTS-Retrograde will continue to service in-bound NTS from OCONUS until a new contract can be competed. Any future announcements regarding an NTSC will be posted to beta.SAM.gov.”
Source: USTC AQ
IAM participated in a meeting with ATA, The National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA) and the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA) to discuss ATA’s desire to update language in the Service Contract Act. ATA is seeking support for a potential Amendment to the SCA. IAM’s Executive Committee agreed there is no downside to lending IAM’s support to ATA’s efforts. Details follow:
The SCA requires contractors and subcontractors performing services on prime government contracts in excess of $2,500 to pay service employees no less than the wage rates and fringe benefits found in the prevailing locality. There is significant administrative burden associated with compliance for any contractor. This law has not traditionally applied to government movement of household goods because those shipments are subject to a published tariff.
ATA seeks to update the $2,500 requirement to today’s dollars (the law was originally enacted in the mid-1960s); which could equal approximately $19,700. Additionally, it is ATA’s hope that any updates to the law be made applicable to contracts for carriage of both freight and household goods.
While the SCA does not currently apply to DoD domestic and international household goods markets, it does apply to DPM and Non-temporary storage contracts. And in a potential future Global Household Goods contract environment, SCA would apply to the prime contractor and subcontractors who move shipments on behalf of a prime contractor. Updated language could help future subcontractors to DoD HHG contracts avoid the application of the SCA when those awarded shipments have a value less than $19,700.
USTC J9 posted PP Advisory 20-0038 announcing the Spring PPF. The advisory states the dates of the PPF are 31 Mar – 1 Apr at the Four Points Sheraton. An RSVP is required for registration not later than 16 March.
IAM is seeking additional information from J9 on the specific agenda associated with each date, and whether the Executive Working Group meeting is included in one of the two announced dates.
IAM is in the early planning with AMSA on a pre-PPF meeting on 30 March like we normally conduct. That meeting will most likely occur at the same venue as the PPF, and start around 4:30 Central time. Further details will be provided once the meeting is set.
Additionally, IAM has engaged USTC J9 on whether there will be a USTC Europe Household Goods meeting this Spring. J9 staff has yet to finalize plans for a potential meeting in Germany. IAM has heard potential dates of 27-30 April, but as of yet, we’ve received no confirmation from USTC that the meeting will take place. If/when confirmed, we will push the information out to membership.
Source: USTC J9
JPPSO-NW Partnership with Industry Conference is scheduled for 7 April. They request RSVP NLT 1 April. See full meeting and RSVP details.
JPPSO-NE Industry Day is scheduled for 7 April, at Hanscom AFB, MA. Attendees must RSVP by 20 March.
JPPSO-NC is holding their 2nd Annual Industry Summit on 21 & 22 April at Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Colorado Springs, CO. RSVP by 31 January. Read more about this event.
JPPSO-SC announced their Industry Conference, which will be held on March 4, 2020. See the attached Registration Package. Per JPPSO-SC, please return the registration packet as soon as possible. Deadline is February 13, 2020. Ms. Angela Cook is the POC. She can be reached at ANGELA.COOK.6@US.AF.MIL.