eGov/Mil Newsletter: Apr. 21, 2021

April 21, 2021

In this Issue:

  • Cancellation of Extension for Submitting Financial Information for Household Goods TSPs and Non-Temporary Storage TSPs
  • GSA Household Goods Update: New Household Goods Rate Offers Now Available in TMSS 2.0
  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Activity Update
  • Commercial Driver Legislation Introduced
  • U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security Approves Issuance of an Additional 22,000 H-2B Visas
  • Five Hapag-Lloyd container ships to be converted to U.S. registry at Port Canaveral
  • Scholarship Deadline Approaching - Need $5000 for Tuition?
  • DoD Peak Season Call (15 April)
  • The Rising Star Award
  • USTC J9 Conditions-Based Movement Call (13 April)

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GSA Household Goods Update: New Household Goods Rate Offers Now Available in TMSS 2.0

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Cancellation of Extension for Submitting Financial Information for Household Goods TSPs and Non-Temporary Storage TSPs

USTRANSCOM has canceled the extension they created for submitting financial information last year during the COVID Stop Movement. Please see the Personal Property Advisory #21-0051 for more detailed information.

GSA Household Goods Update: New Household Goods Rate Offers Now Available in TMSS 2.0

New rate offers are now available in the General Services Administration’s (GSA’s) Transportation Management Services Solution 2.0 (TMSS 2.0) system for Household Goods shipments with a move date between May 1, 2021 and October 31, 2021. To view the new rate offers, log in to and enter a Move Date between May 1, 2021 and October 31, 2021 on the “HHG Queries” screen.

 

Please note that the URL for TMSS 2.0 is

 

All Transportation Service Providers (TSPs) with accepted rate offers on file should log in to to review their rate offers. GSA’s Employee Relocation Resource Center (ERRC) has spot checked the new rate offers, but TSPs should validate their own information as well.

 

If you have any questions, please contact either Robyn Bennett at , 816-823-3644 or Kim Chancellor at ,816-823-3650.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Activity Update

Last week, the they will nominate Meera Joshi to be the next Administrator of the FMCSA. Ms. Joshi has been serving in that role in an acting capacity since January. Her background in the transportation world was focused on for-hire taxi and car services, recently serving as Commissioner of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission. Among her accomplishments during her tenure there was overseeing the development of a transportation data standard for app-based providers.

 

The agency has not yet introduced major rulemakings this Congress, however areas surrounding Hours of Service, driver detention, insurance requirements and driver pilot program reviews are among the major issues anticipated for consideration later this year.

Commercial Driver Legislation Introduced

Two bills impacting the domestic transportation industry have recently been reintroduced. Yesterday, Rep. Chuy Garcia (D-IL) formally that would increase a motor carrier's minimum insurance levels from the current level of $750,000. While the bill text is still not available, the Congressman has indicated that increase will be based largely and tied into medical-cost inflation. IAM will review the legislative text once it has been posted.

 

IAM has joined other transportation-focused industries in support of the , recently reintroduced legislation that would permit 18-21 year olds to operate throughout interstate commerce channels.

 

The bill establishes detailed safety training and apprenticeship requirements for these drivers, many of which are already permitted to operate commercial vehicles in an intrastate capacity. The DRIVE-Safe Act would assist in addressing CDL driver shortage issues, and require an additional 400 hours of behind the wheel training as part of the outlined apprenticeship. The bill sponsors are seeking its inclusion as part of a future highway reauthorization bill, or broader infrastructure package.

U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security Approves Issuance of an Additional 22,000 H-2B Visas

Visas would be for the Second Half of FY 2021 (April 1 - Sept. 30)

 

Yesterday, the availability of an additional 22,000 H-2B visas for the second half of FY 2021. IAM has been following this issue closely, as the domestic household goods moving industry frequently utilizes this critical temporary workforce program, particularly during the peak moving season. In its announcement, DHS reminded applicants that employers seeking H-2B workers must first test the U.S. labor market, and certify in their petitions that there are not enough U.S. workers who are able, willing, qualified, and available to do the temporary work for which they seek a prospective foreign worker.

 

In addition, the visas will only be made available to employers that are willing to attest that, if they do not receive workers under the cap increase, they are likely to suffer irreparable harm. DHS will issue a temporary final rule (likely next month), which will provide additional information on the visa process, and specific approval requirements. IAM will provide that information to members when issued.

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Five Hapag-Lloyd container ships to be converted to U.S. registry at Port Canaveral

The Hapag-Lloyd container ship Al Bahia arrived at Port Canaveral yesterday to begin the required conversion process to reflag the vessel in the United States. The Al Bahia will be renamed the Delaware Express and is the first of five Hapag-Lloyd container vessels owned and operated by the global shipping giant scheduled to undergo the U.S. reflagging process in Port Canaveral over the next several months. Once the U.S. reflagging process is completed, each vessel will be included in the federal Maritime Security Program (MSP) and made available for use when necessary by the U.S. government while it continues to operate commercially in international trade.

Scholarship Deadline Approaching - Need $5000 for Tuition?

is the cornerstone of the International Association of Movers’ scholastic assistance initiative. Named for distinguished Association founder and General Counsel Emeritus Alan F. Wohlstetter, the fund benefits the employees of IAM member companies and their dependents, as well as students. The AFW Scholarship Fund awards scholarships of US $5,000 each to students who are pursuing degrees in logistics and transportation. The application deadline is June 1.

DoD Peak Season Call (15 April)

15 April was DoD’s first peak season call that included industry. These calls are now weekly through 26 August. Set your calendar reminders for every Thursday at 0930 EDT.

The Rising Star Award

has instituted a new award. will recognize YP member who embodies the mission of the IAM Young Professional community. Nominations will open on May 3. The individual receiving this honor may be selected for a wide range of achievements, but overall, will have distinguished themselves through a commitment to professional development, networking with the young professional community, or engaging in philanthropic activities impacting the global moving and mobility industry.

 

Start thinking about this now. Who do you see as a YP Rising Star?

USTC J9 Conditions-Based Movement Call (13 April)

United States Transportation Command (USTC) hosted the weekly “Conditions-Based Movement Call” to discuss latest issues from DoD’s Personal Property Program (DP3). The “Readahead” slides were reviewed in short order. You can review overall highlights from the call, with updates from various DoD representatives.

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