eGov/Mil Newsletter: Sept. 10, 2021

September 10, 2021

In this Issue:

  • Have it Your Way - In Person or Virtual
  • Department of Defense (DOD) Fall 2021 Virtual Personal Property Forum (PPF) Registration
  • U.S. Budget Reconciliation Package Update
  • USTRANSCOM J9 Conditions Based Movement Call (7 Sep)
  • Proposed FMCSA Rulemaking
  • COVID-19 - Workplace Update: Aug. 31
  • USTRANSCOM J9 Conditions Based Movement Call (31 Aug)
  • FINAL USTRANSCOM Peak Season Call (26 Aug) of the Season

IAM eGov/Mil Newsletter

Fall 2021 Virtual Personal Property Forum (PPF) Registration

IAM e-Gov/Mil

Have it Your Way - In Person or Virtual

IAM is excited about this year's . It seems like every year we do something a little different or new. After last year's successful virtual meeting, which was a first for us, we are moving this year to a hybrid meeting - both virtual and in-person, with the two experiences knitted together. We know that some members still do not feel comfortable meeting in person, and others will not be able to travel to the U.S. due to pandemic-related travel restrictions. We take the problem seriously, and that is why we have the virtual platform - so you can keep doing business and attend the meeting in the way that makes sense for you.

 

Here are some highlights from last year's meeting, which should be a preview for this year as well, especially with more people attending:

  • 14,266 Contacts Made
  • 2,528 Total Meetings Between Attendees
  • 2,397 Video Calls
  • 46,253 Messages Exchanged Between Attendees
  • 10,255 Discussions

Department of Defense (DOD) Fall 2021 Virtual Personal Property Forum (PPF) Registration

The Defense Personal Property Management Office (DPMO) is pleased to open registration for the Department of Defense (DOD) Fall 2021 Virtual Personal Property Forum (PPF), scheduled for September 15-16, 2021. The objective of the PPF is to provide a collaborative venue for government and commercial moving industry stakeholders to discuss Defense Personal Property Program (DP3) policies, operations, collective concerns and future program improvements. Agenda topics for the Fall 2021 event will include a review of the 2021 moving season, as well as planning efforts and proposed rule changes for 2022.

U.S. Budget Reconciliation Package Update

Following an earlier vote in the U.S. Senate, where Members advanced by a 69 to 30 vote the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, (aka, the bipartisan infrastructure bill), last week, the House advanced the blueprint for the larger, budget reconciliation vehicle. This was done with an agreement that the House would vote on the smaller, bi-partisan infrastructure package no later than Sept. 27.

USTRANSCOM J9 Conditions Based Movement Call (7 Sep)

Please see attached and from Tuesday’s USTC industry/Services/JPPSO call.

Proposed FMCSA Rulemaking

Last month, the FMCSA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR), updating regulations for HHG move estimates, consumer notifications and other key procedural/process areas for the U.S. HHG industry. The origin of the proposed rulemaking stretches back to 2015, when an FMCSA convened HHG Working Group (Federal Advisory Committee) was formed as part of the 2015 Highway Reauthorization Bill (FAST Act). IAM was represented by Chuck White on the Advisory Committee, enabling the association to help lead the discussions and provide direct input into the recommendations. After several meetings in 2016 and 2017, the FMCSA issued the Group's final recommendations in 2019. Several, but not all, of the recommendations were incorporated into this month's proposed rulemaking notice.

COVID-19 - Workplace Update: Aug. 31

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Updates Guidance to Mirror Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Recommendations

 

In addition to the U.S. county list and transmission-level ratings , OSHA has updated non-healthcare industry recommendations and connected guidance for workplaces. The common thread in the guidance from OSHA is a shift from employers making “recommendations” to employees, towards adopting employee requirement policies surrounding vaccinations and mask use.

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USTRANSCOM J9 Conditions Based Movement Call (31 Aug)

Please see attached and from the 31 Aug USTC industry/Services/JPPSO call. Of particular note, Col Safranek (Brig Gen select) was on the call today and provided some short inputs at the end of the call. USTRANSCOM acknowledged they received over 300 comment resolution matrices (CRMs) from industry and are reviewing the inputs (thanks to everyone who provided inputs). And as stated after the last call, the Thursday peak calls are finished. DoD will transition now to a non-peak season call starting 14 October, and continuing every second Thursday of the month til next peak season. These Tuesday invite calls are ongoing until changed by DoD.

FINAL USTRANSCOM Peak Season Call (26 Aug) of the Season

and from today’s (26 Aug) Peak Season Call are attached. This is the final Peak Season call of the year. USTRANSCOM will transition to a once per month Non-Peak Season call starting on or about 14 October. Although many of the same themes of the summer were passed along by the Service representatives on the call, most did take a second to offer their appreciation to industry for supporting the members during a very rough summer season; characterized by some on the DoD side as the worst they had experienced. Capacity, and the lack thereof was the main point, and industry reps passed along they wouldn’t be surprised to see labor as a limiting factor for the rest of the year, and into next peak season. It was also stated that the DoD’s business rules over the past few years, and the draft rules for 2022 have, and will continue to contribute to these capacity challenges.

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