eGov/Mil Newsletter: Feb. 9, 2022

February 09, 2022

In this Issue:

  • CHAMP and XTOS Supplemental Filing Window Changes, Supplement 2 to GSA’s 2021 HTOS, and Extension of UAB Advisory
  • Update on the Ocean Shipping Reform Act
  • Coming Up at IAM Learning
  • NEW! Industry Training Program Award
  • USTRANSCOM Conditions Based Movement Call (8 Feb)
  • 2022 JPPSO-SC Commercial Industry Meeting 2 March 2022 ** Save The Date **
  • Save the Date - 2022 Defense Personal Property Program (DP3) Spring Personal Property Forum (PPF)
  • USTRANSCOM Non-Peak Season Call (3 Feb)
  • USTRANSCOM Conditions Based Movement Call (1 Feb)
  • USTRANSCOM Conditions Based Movement Call (25 Jan)

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CHAMP and XTOS Supplemental Filing Window Changes, Supplement 2 to GSA’s 2021 HTOS, and Extension of UAB Advisory

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Attention GSA CHAMP TSPs and Relocation Service Providers!  Please read the following Notice:

 

CHAMP and XTOS Supplemental Filing Window Changes

 

The 2021-2022 Centralized Household Goods Traffic Management Program (CHAMP) Request for Offers (RFO) and the Extended Storage (XTOS) RFO (both dated August 24, 2021) identify the Supplemental Filing windows as opening on Monday, February 7, 2022.  Due to the implementation of User Experience enhancements to TMSS 2.0, the Employee Relocation Resource Center (ERRC) is changing the opening date of both Supplemental Filing windows to February 9, 2022.

 

The due date for the submission of rate offers in accordance with the Supplemental Filing windows will remain unchanged as March 14, 2022.

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Update on the Ocean Shipping Reform Act

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Ocean Shipping Reform Act (OSRA) Introduced in Senate, Advances Again in House

Congressional Momentum Continues for Broad-Based Shipping Reform

 

Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and John Thune (R-SD), joined by 12 Senate co-sponsors, recently introduced the Senate companion to the House-passed Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2021 (OSRA), H.R. 4996 , which would improve fairness, establish boundaries and set metrics for fees often incurred by the household goods and global shipping community. 

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Coming Up at IAM Learning

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A number of sessions are currently scheduled and more are being planned to help IAM members learn what they need and to make connections to help them do business better. Currently in the lineup and ready for your registration:

 

Did you miss it? IAM recently hosted a very lively conversation on Electronic Inventories. See that conversation and more at IAM Learning.

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Portal Magazine

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In every issue of the Portal, we invite our authors to share their experiences, success stories, learning experiences, and vision with others in the moving and forwarding industry. In addition to our regular columns, feature articles for each issue are united by a central theme. 

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NEW! Industry Training Program Award

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Want to enhance your career and become more valuable? Educate yourself for FREE!

 

The Alan F  Wohlstetter Scholarship Fund will be awarding up to $500 per person annually to offset professional development costs when taking courses at one of our many great industry training programs. Pre-approved training programs include but are not limited to IAM Learning, FIDI, LACMA, and EuRA. There are NO LIMITS to applicants per company. Apply now; applications are quick and easy.

 

Applicants must be employed by an IAM Member, a dependent of an employee of an IAM Member, or be a Student Member.

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USTRANSCOM Conditions Based Movement Call (8 Feb)

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Please see attached slides and notes from today’s (8 Feb) USTC/Service/JPPSO/Industry call.  Some highlights from the attached notes include:

 

  • DoD is meeting internally today to discuss Lithium batteries and potential policy associated with moving them in household goods. USTRANSCOM hopes to update industry on what came of that meeting on next week’s call.
  • Systems Branch wants to discuss restricting BOT use in DPS with TSP “BOT Providers”; they believe restricting BOTs in DPS will open up applications for better access and speed.
  • DP3 Director mentioned they were considering some potential messaging to Service Members on their use of AirTags and similar devices to track their shipments; not a detailed message, but something that might help families understand how industry operates if members are using these devices and don’t understand why their shipment might not be moving direct to destination.
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2022 JPPSO-SC Commercial Industry Meeting 2 March 2022 ** Save The Date **

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The Joint Personal Property Shipping Office San Antonio, TX (JPPSO-SC) is hosting our yearly Commercial Industry Meeting on Wednesday the 2nd  March 2022 via Microsoft TEAMS. This year’s meeting goal is to improve communication, foster a better working relationship, and enhance the moving experience for our customers during this year’s expected difficult peak-season.

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Save the Date - 2022 Defense Personal Property Program (DP3) Spring Personal Property Forum (PPF)

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The Defense Personal Property Management Office (DPMO) is pleased to announce that the 2022 Spring PPF will be held 29-30 March. The Spring 2022 PPF will be a virtual event. To allow maximum participation and flexibility, we will offer identical, single-day sessions on 29 March (morning session) and 30 March (evening session). Both sessions will feature the same information. The platform for the Spring 2022 PPF will be Microsoft TEAMS. Attendees will need to register for the event on the day of their choice. DPMO will release registration instructions by 14 Feb. Registration for the PPF will run from 14 Feb to 16 March.

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IAM Country Guides

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IAM’s Country Guides provide customs information for more than 170 countries and territories around the world.

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USTRANSCOM Non-Peak Season Call (3 Feb)

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Please see slides and notes from the USTRANSCOM Non-Peak Season call (3 Feb). There were not many comments or issues of note from this call.

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USTRANSCOM Conditions Based Movement Call (1 Feb)

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Please see attached slides and notes from the USTC/Service/JPPSO/Industry call.  Some highlights from the attached notes include:

 

  • DPS Claims Module Modernization was a hot topic. Much assessment still happening. Some “hot fixes” potentially coming; no comprehensive update or fix appears to be coming in the near future.
  • There was much talk about the service member’s use of various gps technologies to track their shipment. USTC’s current policy on the topic is: “we are not in a proactive stance” on getting messaging out to service members on this issue.
  • Expect rate rejections from round one to go out the end of this week.
  • Expect an update on health protocols via advisory within the week; believe it will address quarantine and reporting timelines to be more in line with CDC guidance as it has changed over time.
  • Code J & Code T shipments may transition from McGuire to Dover…more internal government coordination is needed before it’s finalized.
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USTRANSCOM Conditions Based Movement Call (25 Jan)

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Please see slides and notes from the USTC/Service/JPPSO/Industry call.  Some highlights from the attached notes include:

 

  • Much discussion initiated from JPPSOs on serious concerns they have with DoD maintaining the soft threshold of a 9,000 shipment per week capacity requirement this upcoming peak season; generally, the view from USTC and some of the Service HQs representatives is that it’s too late in terms of PCS orders being cut to dial back those expectations for 2022 Peak Season.
  • Col Safranek emphasized the need for an effective communication plan when dealing with customers as the key to heading off problems that lead to Congressional inquiries or senior DoD leader involvement.
  • Rate rejections for round one of DP3 rate filing won’t be out until about the middle of next week.
  • Asked USTC to confirm a rumor that Code J and Code T shipments might transition from McGuire AFB to Dover AFB. USTC was not aware but will engage AMC to find out.
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