What to Expect at Moving Day on Capitol Hill
We talk with a Steve McKenna of SIRVA, Jason Moyer of Moyer & Sons Moving & Storage and Brian Schaffer of MSS about their experience at Moving Day on Capitol Hill, and offer advice on what to expect when meeting with representatives of Congress.
Defense Personal Property Program (DP3)
Background: U.S. Transportation Command (USTC), working through the multibillion-dollar Defense Personal Property Program (DP3), relocates over 400,000 military families’ household goods each year. In response to complaints about the program’s performance, USTC intends to award a sole source contract in 2020 to privatize management of the DP3. AMSA has worked with lawmakers to include legislative language in the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to garner more information from USTC on their plans and ensure that all stakeholders, including moving companies, have a seat at the table as this contract is shaped or executed.
MDOCH Goal: As the House and Senate’s NDAA’s are reconciled in conference committee, we ask lawmakers to support the House language that: establishes a stakeholder advisory council, requires USTC to complete a business case analysis for the proposed contract, and calls on the nonpartisan U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to complete a study before the contract is awarded.
Protecting Consumers’ Personally Identifiable Information
Background: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been, in some cases, inadvertently leaking Americans’ personal information online when they do an international move. Customers have blamed their mover when their identity was stolen. AMSA is backing the Moving Americans Privacy Protection Act, which directs the government to scrub people’s personal data before the information is sold to the public. Last year, the bill passed the House, but ran out of time in the Senate. The bill has been reintroduced in both chambers this year as we restart the push.
MDOCH Goal: We ask lawmakers to cosponsor the bipartisan Moving Americans Privacy Protection Act, introduced by Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL) in the House and Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) in the Senate.
Van Operator/Independent Contractor Classification Model Language
Background: The California Supreme Court ruling in Dynamex threatens to further expose our companies to litigation and impede our industry’s ability to operate effectively. Moreover, courts and administrative agencies currently apply more than 10 different tests when determining whether someone is an “employee” or “independent contractor” in federal and state statutes. This confusing patchwork system of employee definitions hurts trucking companies, especially movers, by diminishing their economic growth and exposing them to lawsuits.
MDOCH Goal: Understanding that protecting industry’s ability to properly use independent contractors can be a politically divisive issue, our first crucial step is to simply educate federal officials on how independent contractors are vital to our industry.
Second, we ask Members of the House to cosponsor H.R. 4069, the Modern Worker Empowerment Act, which would harmonize the definition of “employee,” an effort to unify disparate employee definitions among federal agencies.