eGov/Mil Newsletter: July 28, 2021

July 28, 2021

In this Issue:

  • Updates from the Office of the Secretary of Defense on Installation Access and Cyber-Security
  • U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Holds Meeting - Supply Chain Issues, Detention & Demurrage Charges & Fact Finding 29 Interim Recommendations Reviewed
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Issues Updated Mask Guidance
  • Your Colleagues are Getting Registered - Don't Wait too Long and Miss a Meeting!
  • Travel to the U.S. Restrictions to Remain in Place for Now
  • RPP Delivers More Than $400,000 USD Back to Members in 2020
  • USTRANSCOM J9 Conditions Based Movement Call (27 July)
  • Nominate a Rising Star Today - Deadline Aug. 2
  • USTRANSCOM Peak Season Call (22 July)
  • USTRANSCOM J9 Conditions Based Movement Call (20 July)
  • USTRANSCOM Peak Season Call (15 July)

IAM eGov/Mil Newsletter

Office of the Secretary of Defense: Installation Access and Cyber-Security

IAM e-Gov/Mil

Updates from the Office of the Secretary of Defense on Installation Access and Cyber-Security

Our partners at the National Defense Transportation Association have passed along three new documents coming out of the Office of the Secretary of Defense that are of interest to DoD-Approved Transportation Service Providers (TSPs). The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics provided a bulletin dated 23 July on Motor Carrier Installation Access. Additionally, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment has provided a handful of slides describing what they are calling Project Spectrum; along with a more detailed Project Spectrum Capabilities Statement.

U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Holds Meeting - Supply Chain Issues, Detention & Demurrage Charges & Fact Finding 29 Interim Recommendations Reviewed

In the open session of this morning's FMC meeting, Commissioner Rebecca Dye provided an update and an oral overview of Interim Recommendations for Fact Finding 29, tasked with reviewing and investigating international ocean transportation challenges. In addition to establishing container depots to alleviate some of the concerns raised and a continued review of detention and demurrage fee applications, she highlighted top-line interim recommendations.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Issues Updated Mask Guidance

Yesterday, the U.S. CDC issued new indoor masking recommendations and guidance, based on a county's (aka, locality/city) transmission level of COVID-19, seen most frequently in the US through the spread of the delta variant. On a 4-level scale (low to highly transmissible), indoor masking is recommended for those counties falling into the "substantial" or "high" transmission rate categories. The U.S. CDC will update the county transmission ratings as new data is received.

Your Colleagues are Getting Registered - Don't Wait too Long and Miss a Meeting!

They are already looking for you on the Attendee List. Are you there?

More than 500 people have registered for this year's . Will you be there and be in the know or will you be left out? Members, corporate relocation executives, U.S. military members, and more will be there for you to meet and learn from. As the pandemic winds down and more business is possible, it has never been more important to get in front of your partners and clients, make connections, and learn how to do business better in a changing environment. Here are the things you should do right now:

New Annual Meeting Sponsorship Opportunities! Email

 

Social Distancing Lounges in the Exhibit Hall

  • 4 opportunities

Meeting Points

  • 2 opportunities

Travel to the U.S. Restrictions to Remain in Place for Now

Despite travel opening up to Americans heading into the EU, Schengen region and Canada, the Biden Administration has held off on permitting entry from most countries for travel to the US deemed "non-essential", due to the high rate of transmission of the delta variant. IAM, alongside dozens of travel-focused trade organizations, several Members of Congress and some federal agency representatives continue to press for a reopening path and plan for international visitors.

RPP Delivers More Than $400,000 USD Back to Members in 2020

Now in its sixth year as an inclusive member benefit for all IAM Governing and Core Members, the IAM Receivable Protection Program (RPP) continues to grow and serve as a safeguard for IAM members.

 

The key insight from last year was that RPP usage declined due to the reduction in business associated with the pandemic. Despite the slip in usage, RPP effectiveness improved with an enhanced claims process unveiled by IAM and a growing reserve fund. The former allows IAM to provide more proactive member support on claims while the latter allows IAM to absorb greater losses in the future and enable capacity to invest in further strengthening the program.

USTRANSCOM J9 Conditions Based Movement Call (27 July)

Please see attached and from today’s (27 July) USTC industry/Services/JPPSO call. A few items of note to highlight:

  • Rick Marsh is taking another job with the Army Staff at the end of August. He will be replaced by BG (select) Joel Safranek, who is already on the USTRANSCOM Staff as a Deputy Director. Prior to his time at USTRANSCOM Safranek was the Dover AFB Wing Commander.
  • When asked today about any ongoing working groups involving industry on the 2022 business rules, USTRANSCOM stated the working groups are internal to DoD; and industry would have an opportunity to comment on those rules (my sense is we’ll see the rules early August and have until towards the end of August to comment on them).
  • The one business rule working group that was formed with industry was on electronic inventories. IAM participated in a couple of meetings, and then there were no more moving forward. We asked about whether that group was done, or whether a decision has been made on moving forward with electronic inventories, and was told USTC would reach out as needed. A later email I received on the topic said there was a review happening with Rick Marsh this Friday, and we should find out more after that on how far USTC will push this initiative.

Nominate a Rising Star Today - Deadline Aug. 2

is excited to announce a new award. will recognize a YP member who embodies the mission of the IAM Young Professional community. Nominations are open. 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.

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USTRANSCOM Peak Season Call (22 July)

and from the 22 July Peak Season Call. DoD is begging industry to communicate with the member and PPSO when a TSP can’t get an agent under a shipment. The earlier the member and JPPSO know, the more effective the DoD can be in helping arrange alternatives for the member…extended reporting dates, changes to leases or closing dates on homes (at origin and destination), actual cost reimbursement for a PPM. When that doesn’t happen, it’s often costing the member significant out of pocket expenses. And as anyone who has PCS’d knows, service members already face a wave of out of pocket expenses each time they move to a new duty station.

USTRANSCOM J9 Conditions Based Movement Call (20 July)

Please see attached and from today’s USTC industry/Services/JPPSO call. All themes are consistent from recent weeks. A lack of capacity, and a lack of communication when industry fails to show for a pack/pickup. AF starting to see concerns with getting shipments delivered…especially out of SIT. And the TRANSCOM Deputy Commander stated his daughter just had a move, and it was very disappointing to her…largely due to a lack of communication with the TSP.

DoD has decided not to extend refusals into August. But will extend short fuse…potentially beyond the current 10-day window. More to follow on that once DoD finalizes the information.

 

And IAM asked last week about paying movers for working the Juneteenth holiday; and USTC says an advisory is due out next week with details.

USTRANSCOM Peak Season Call (15 July)

and from the 15 July Peak Season Call highlight a few common themes from industry and DoD. Another good job by many industry representatives to provide comments and raise issues/perspectives/potential actions. DoD received plenty of feedback today on the challenges facing the industry. JPPSOs are still imploring industry reps to be transparent on their ability to service a shipment and communicate with the member and JPPSO on those challenges so other potential solutions can be worked, and members can know what they are facing and make appropriate arrangements with regard to their lease, home sale, new duty assignment, etc.

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