eGov/Mil Newsletter: April 22, 2020

April 22, 2020

In this Issue:

  • Modification and Reissuance of DoD Response to COVID-19 Travel Restrictions
  • DoD travel ban amid coronavirus pandemic extended to June 30
  • USTC J9 Stop Movement/COVID-19 Call (21 April)
  • Protecting the Force During Personal Property Shipments
  • Online Petition: STOP the Privatization of Military Household Goods Move Distribution
  • Change 4 to the 400NG and International Tender (IT) Addressing the DOD Stop Movement Adjustment
  • USTRANSCOM J9 Non-Peak Season Call (9 Apr)
  • Call for Webinar/Round Table Topics
  • USTRANSCOM J9 Calls Last Week
  • Weekly GSA COVID-19 Impacts - Supplier Relocation Community
  • COVID-19 Resources for Members

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Online Petition: STOP the GHC; DoD travel ban extended to June 30

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Modification and Reissuance of DoD Response to COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

The Secretary of Defense issued a statement on Monday concerning travel restrictions for DoD employees, as well as waivers and exemptions. This is critical information for those who serve the DoD. He writes:

 

All DoD Service members will stop movement, both internationally and domestically, while this memorandum is in effect. All DoD civilian personnel, and dependents of DoD Service members and DoD civilian personnel, whose travel is Government-funded will stop movement, both internationally and domestically, while this memorandum is in effect.

DoD travel ban amid coronavirus pandemic extended to June 30

The military-wide travel ban has been extended to June 30 in a continued effort to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, Defense Under Secretary for Personnel and Readiness Matthew Donovan told reporters Saturday morning.

USTC J9 Stop Movement/COVID-19 Call (21 April)

USTC J9 held their Stop Movement Update call on April 21. USTC Deputy Commander, VADM Mewbourne was on the call, along with the J9 Director, Rick Marsh, and a number of the J9 staff.

 

VADM Mewbourne kicked things off discussing the SECDEF’s intent on protection screening for families who continue to move their HHGs as an exception or exemption to the Stop Movement Order. He was looking for industry input to help him shape conversation with the SECDEF on how to implement the SECDEF’s intent.

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Protecting the Force During Personal Property Shipments

Last week, USTRANSCOM released guidance on how TSPs and customers should approach issues of health during the time of COVID-19. This includes when to cancel a scheduled move, the need for face coverings, who should be on site in the customer's home, and more.

Online Petition: STOP the Privatization of Military Household Goods Move Distribution

An Open Letter to the U.S. House & Senate Committee on Armed Services

has been gaining traction to show dissatisfaction with USTRANSCOM's decision to award a single source for all U.S. military moves. Currently more than 900 service providers are involved in doing these moves and the change in business practices will result in a number of impacts certainly to our industry, as well as to the military members we currently serve. Read the survey and if you are moved to do so, sign it and let your voice be heard.

Change 4 to the 400NG and International Tender (IT) Addressing the DOD Stop Movement Adjustment

Implementing the DOD Stop Movement Order transferred a significant operational and administrative burden to TSPs; in recognition of that burden, USTRANSCOM has approved a 10% Adjustment to shipments processed during the Stop Movement Order period. Once published, change 4 will provide guidance and instructions on how TSPs may submit payment requests for the 10% Stop Movement Adjustment, and will instruct Shipping Offices on how to process those requests. Change 4 will be posted at https://www.move.mil/SME.

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USTRANSCOM J9 Non-Peak Season Call (9 Apr)

USTC staff held their monthly Non-Peak Season call Thursday (). This call featured some new industry invitees as a way for J9 to continue to engage a broader audience. Each of the attached slides were covered by the staff.

 

Slide 2 shows the running pick-up summary. Rose Lindsey mentioned that week 12 showed about 39% of the three year pick-up average; week 13 was at 31%; and week 14 (last week) showed 19%, but would continue to grow a little as the data continued to catch up.shipment averages.

Call for Webinar/Round Table Topics

IAM has been seeing great success with the and we are encouraged that we have tapped into something our members find so useful. Now we need to lean on you a bit to make this a complete success. We have a stock of topics to pursue but we want to know what you want to see there. Is there a topic you want to hear about, or maybe you want to be on a panel about? with your ideas so we can keep making great strides with this resource.

USTRANSCOM J9 Calls Last Week

USTRANSCOM J9 has hosted a number of calls with various attendees.

 

On Monday, COL Gipson called for a short-notice teleconference with a small group to discuss J9’s response to industry’s request to extend transit times due to the COVID-19 crisis and Stop Movement order. Generally speaking, USTC J9 is prepared to update transit times by adding one day of transit time for every 5 days, not to exceed 14 days. J9 will implement this soon. Moving forward, this transit time will be automatically updated in DPS. But for shipments already moving, various options were discussed as to how the transit time update would occur. A significant workload could exist for either or both TSPs and PPSOs to update transit times for shipments in transit. A few options were discussed. Expect guidance from J9 soon.

Weekly GSA COVID-19 Impacts - Supplier Relocation Community

GSA Employee Relocation Resource Center (ERRC) held their weekly COVID-19 Impacts call on 13 April. Julie Blanford, the ERRC Director, hosted the call.

 

GSA relayed they have a “Frequently Asked Questions” area recently updated on their GSA Hallways website. This site will be continuously updated as issues and questions arise. It is for both suppliers and federal agencies.

 

In general, household goods moves are delayed for OCONUS moves, to include Hawaii and Puerto Rico. CONUS to CONUS moves still happening with some regularity.

COVID-19 Resources for Members

IAM has compiled a few different resources designed for you and your companies to stay informed on the latest COVID-19 developments and to let us know how your company is coping with the pandemic:

 

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