January 23, 2018
It has been a crazy time here in Washington, D.C., with the government shutting down for the first time in five years, as Congress was unable to pass legislation until yesterday to keep the doors open. It seems that the government gets more and more out of control each year. This is why it is so important for you to have AMSA here fighting for your interests and watching what the government is doing!
With the shutdown only lasting for one working day, it appears that the impact will be minimal, at least this time. The obvious concern is for the military, as we need to have a strong military protecting the country. Uniformed soldiers are still on duty, but don’t get paid unless Congress agrees to back pay.
As the rest of the government gets back to work, we hope they will focus on solving problems. AMSA’s Government Affairs Committee is working on our priority list for 2018 advocacy issues, and we will continue to focus on the need for infrastructure investment, consumer protection and regulatory reduction. We need a strong moving and storage industry to support our troops and the other families who are relocating!
President & CEO
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Carrier & Driver Info Said to Be Safe after FMCSA Hack
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) says that a hack of the online tool that drivers use to find medical examiners for DOT physicals is the reason behind the website’s now month-long-plus outage. No data within the system, such as information on drivers, appears to have been compromised, according to the agency. The registry’s website has been down since mid-December, though examiners can still conduct exams of drivers and issue DOT-required medical certificates. The agency has instructed examiners to maintain results of physicals until the system is operational again, at which time they can upload the results of the exams. Read more.
U.S. Chamber Urges Fuel Tax Increase
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce called for increasing the federal fuel tax by 25 cents a gallon over the next five years to help pay for rebuilding U.S. bridges and roads as part of its push for a federal infrastructure initiative this year. The proposed increase of 5 cents per year during the next five years, including indexing the tax to inflation, would generate more than $375 billion during the next decade, according to estimates by the chamber. AMSA also supports finding a long term and sustainable funding source, such as a fuel tax, to protect the Highway Trust Fund from insolvency and improve the daily workplace of our members. Read more.
Military Moving Update
USTRANSCOM Sets TSP Qualifications Review Timeframes
As part of the annual qualification review process, USTRANSCOM has provided the following timelines for TSPs to follow that will help in maintaining their authority within the DP3 program. USTRANSCOM will not send out emails as reminders when each review is done, and expects TSPs to make sure they are registered in good standing in each of the following websites:
- Unified Carrier Registration(UCR) in January — www.ucr.in.gov
- Secretary of State in May — www.secstates.com
- National Motor Freight Traffic Association, Inc (NMFTA) in July — www.nmfta.org
- CIP and COR submittal and review, Nov.-Dec. — Within DPS
- System for Award Management (SAM) monthly — www.sam.gov
- Update of bond and insurance effective dates monthly
- FMCSA — www.fmcsa.dot.gov; the SDDC is currently conducting 100 percent operating authority review
Also, financial review 150 days from fiscal year closeout – TSPs must provide a copy of the balance sheet and statement of cash flows from the most recent fiscal year-end reviewed or audited financial statements within 150 days of fiscal year-end to the qualifications organizational box at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unified Carrier Registration Rules Announced
In a Jan. 5 announcement, which can be found on the UCR website, the 2018 fee levels have now been determined. Generally, a 9 percent reduction in fees has been mandated. TSPs can and should now move forward with completing the 2018 UCR process. Remember, this is a requirement for maintaining a TSPs approval to participate in government programs. USTRANSCOM has agreed to follow the 90-day enforcement recommendation with April 5 as the deadline for registration.
JPPSO-NE Schedules Carrier Agent Meeting
The Joint Personal Property Shipping Office (JPPSO-NE) Detachment 2 will be hosting a TSPs/agents meeting on March 19 at the Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center in Southbridge, Massachusetts. The full agenda and details can be found here.
Navy Announces Dates for Industry Days in the Cloud
The Navy has published their planned March dates for the Navy Household Goods Industry Days in the Cloud. There will be seven separate teleconferences that will be based on the individual host’s time zone. Send specific topics/issues/concerns no later than March 1 to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. The complete schedule and directions on how to log into the events can be found here.
AMSA’s 2018 Conference Is Back: Bigger & Better than Ever!
Get ready for all that’s new and different this year at AMSA’s 2018 Education Conference & Expo! We’re bringing you more opportunities to network, new ways to learn and an exciting keynote speaker.
New networking opportunities include:
- An Everglades Tour through Sawgrass Recreation Park
- Deep Sea Fishing, complete with a delicious ending — your catch will be prepared, cooked and served by the Hilton’s chef
- First Time Attendee Orientation and Lunch
- A Restaurant Meetup
- Whiskey Tasting
- Breakfast Roundtable Discussions: Led by subject-matter experts, these sessions will be a great way to learn more about subjects that matter to you most —
you won’t want to skip breakfast!
- Forecasting the Future: A panel discussion with industry and non-industry experts, who will offer insights into the best ways to grow your business and compete in the ever-changing landscape
- A Women’s Leadership Forum: Led by powerful women who will share their experiences, and provide meaningful guidance for managing challenges and rising to opportunities in business
We’re also looking forward to our keynote speaker, former NFL star and cancer survivor Merril Hoge, who will discuss a range of topics, from life in the NFL to health and fitness to strategies for setting and attaining goals.
Register today to take advantage of unparalleled networking opportunities, high-quality educational sessions, a dynamic keynote speaker, a first-rate Expo, and our ever-popular outdoor truck exhibits, which are moving indoors this year, along with the 40Below Bike Build, AMPAC Pinewood Derby and Move For Hunger Truck Pull!
Registration is only $875 for members and $1,750 for non-members until March 18.
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The new cloud version updates instantly whenever changes are made. AMSA’s 400NG rating software lets you accurately calculate the total cost of individual shipments and associated services for all military domestic personal property moves (except Hawaii). Developed for the Defense Department’s DP3 program, the 400NG tariff is the essential guide for movers handling military DP3 shipments. Subscription to AMSA’s online cloud version gives you full access to the 400NG rating software from anywhere with internet and WiFi access. No downloads or yearly updates needed. Just log in and use the 400NG rating tool whenever you need it! Order now.
Download or Purchase AMSA’s 2018 Sourcebook Now
Find AMSA members, suppliers and affiliates easily when you download or purchase the 2018 Membership Sourcebook. This ultimate member resource contains details for all AMSA members – and includes contact information for all domestic and international movers, suppliers, and AMSA board and committee members. Listings designate ProMover and RIM certifications, AMSA Chairman’s Circle partners, Member Discount Program partners, and AMSA Industry Award winners. Download the Sourcebook at no charge or order the print version for just $59. Either way, you’ll have access to the industry’s comprehensive resource, and have the info you need to get in touch with any AMSA member you’re seeking.
Move For Hunger, AMSA’s official charity partner, reported that AMSA members collected more than 2 million pounds of food, enough for nearly 1.7 million meals, in 2017…
Arpin Strong held a clothing drive for victims of the Mexican earthquake that occurred in September…
JK Moving Services of Sterling, Va., was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a 2017 WasteWise winner…
Linda Chipman Burgin, owner and CEO of Chipman Moving & Storage, a Mayflower agent in Spokane, Washington, has passed away.
Pre-Move Purging & Items a ProMover Can’t Move Top Social Media
It doesn’t matter when we run them, some posts seem to naturally perform better than others. Recent popular Facebook posts included one on 12 items that should be tossed in a pre-move purge from Moving.com and a Reader’s Digest article featuring quotes from AMSA on items that professional moving companies cannot move. Follow us on Twitter! A recent Moving Tip Monday from Midwest Moving recommended using quilted blankets and bubble wrap to protect TVs and other delicate items.
AMSA uses LinkedIn to let you know about important industry and regulatory issues, ask questions and start discussions, and provide timely information about industry products, services and education to help you grow your business. Members are encouraged to post relevant industry content in these two groups as well. A recent post asked, why should customers do business with you? We’ve also launched a new LinkedIn group, AMSA Women in Moving, which is open to all female AMSA members, whether they are movers or affiliates. It will be a great way for women in the industry to communicate, share best practices, and ask for advice from their industry colleagues. Coming soon, we’ll be asking for members’ input on a women’s forum at the 2018 conference.
AMSA also has upped our social media game, and we’re now on Instagram! Follow AMSA ProMover, and feel free to tag us in your posts using #AMSAProMover. We’re working on following you, too! You also can follow AMSA President and CEO Scott Michael on Twitter at @AMSACEO, and AMSA’s Government Affairs feed @AMSAGovtAffairs, where we’re posting legislative and regulatory information impacting our industry. Make sure AMSA knows what you’re doing by adding Rachel Peretz to your email lists. Maybe we’ll feature you in our social media outreach!