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April 3, 2018

President’s Message


Welcome to the new and improved AMSA Today! We hope you like our new format, and are finding lots of useful information.

Last week, I was invited to attend the FIDI conference for the first time. This association of movers from around the world was in the U.S. for the first time in many years, as San Diego stepped up to host after their earlier plans for meetings this spring in Rio de Janeiro and Puerto Rico fell through. One of the things that makes our country great is our willingness to step up and help when people need help.

It was informative to see that movers across the globe are facing many of the same challenges as movers in the U.S. I did have one attendee observe to me that the American movers seemed to be the most optimistic about business of those from any country, and I share that optimism. The economy is picking up, more people are moving, and they are moving with you!

Next week it is our turn to host our conference, and we’re already past 600 attendees, so turnout is strong! I hope you will be there with us, to see all of the great things AMSA is doing, to see what new products and services the vendors have to offer, and to network with all of your friends!

Scott Michael
President & CEO


Industry News


Congress Boosts Highway Funding for 2018
Leaders at the American Highway Users Alliance are thrilled that Congress has “significantly increased highway funding with a boost from the General Fund of the Treasury.” Lawmakers approved the FAST Act authorized budget out of the Highway Trust Fund, which totals $44.2 billion, up from $43.3 billion last year. Scott Michael serves on the AHUA Board of Directors, as movers strongly support working highways.
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Feds Reviewing Scores of ELD Petition Waivers
There is “strong compliance” for companies meeting the electronic logging device mandate, says Jeffrey Rosen, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Still, new requests for waivers continue to be submitted and evaluated by federal officials. A $1.3 trillion spending bill that President Donald Trump signed recently to avert a government shutdown extends an ELD waiver for livestock and insect haulers through Sept. 30, 2018. Enforcement for all drivers who are not exempt began in earnest on April 1.
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FMCSA Changes Deadline for New AOBRDs
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has made a significant change to its rule involving electronic logging devices. Some carriers with Automatic Onboard Recording Devices—or AOBRDs—will have until next year to install the equipment. CCJDigital.com reports: “The FMCSA is…allowing fleets with AOBRDs to continue on the same path for newly purchased (or previously uninstalled) devices. The only caveat is that any new devices must be upgraded over-the-air to be mandate-compliant ELDs by Dec. 16, 2019,” the post said.
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New FMCSA Boss Gets an Earful from Truckers at Public Meeting
Frustrated truck drivers greeted the nation’s top trucking regulator—Ray Martinez—at his first public hearing. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) newly confirmed boss heard complaints and criticism about electronic logging devices, hours-of-service, parking shortages and more. The session—billed as a grass-roots public hearing—was held at the 2018 Mid-America Trucking Show. How did Martinez handle the contentious meeting? Read the details here. AMSA will seek a meeting with Administrator Martinez to outline our industry’s priorities for hours-of-service reform. Please provide feedback to Paul Milotte, AMSA’s vice president of government relations, at pmilotte@moving.org.
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June’s RoadChecks Inspection to Focus on HOS Compliance
The 2018 International RoadCheck Inspection Blitz that runs June 5-7 will emphasize hours of service compliance. The 37-step procedure includes an examination of driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness, reports TruckingInfo.com. The initiative—run by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance—will take place across the U.S. and Canada.
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Military Update


USTC/DDS Prototype Design Sessions Added to AMSA’s Conference
The Defense Digital Service (DDS) will host three sessions on the Personal Property Prototype User Interface Design. Participants in these highly interactive workshops will join in design research aimed toward understanding the core features that TSPs and the moving and storage industry would most like to see in the prototype. The sessions will be geared toward functional users who deal with customers or schedule moves via the DPS or other independent move processing software. The format for each session will be in a focus group, with a maximum of 30 attendees per session. Register to attend one of the following times:

Monday’s sessions will focus on the system design: what it needs to have, what you want it to have, and what you wish it would have. The Tuesday session will be a general Q&A about the system, including your technical questions. You may send up to two people to attend on a first come, first serve basis. Both attendees can attend the same session or attend separate sessions. This is your chance to be heard, so register now!


US TRANSCOM Announces Regionalization
The following locations have been regionalized as of April 1:

  • JPPSO Southeast (JPPSO-SE) NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center, Jacksonville, Fla., (CNNQ) will assume responsibility of the Army Logistics Readiness Center, Fort Stewart, Ga. (CHAT)
  • JPPSO Mid-Atlantic (JPPSO-MA) Fort Belvoir, Va. (BGAC) will assume responsibility of the Army Logistics Readiness Center, Fort Knox, Ky. (FAAM)
  • PPSO NAVSUP, FLCSI, Rota Spain (UNNL) will assume responsibility of Strikfornato, Lisbon, Portugal (ULNC)
  • JPPSO Japan, Yokosuka, Japan (QENQ) will assume responsibility the Singapore Area from JPPSO Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (MLNQ)

You can email questions regarding these regionalization’s to army.sddc.safb.ppcf@mail.mil.


US TRANSCOM Updates Contact Information for Army MCOs
The U.S. Army Claims Service Asia office has relocated to Camp Humphreys, Korea. The updated address and contact details for all Army Military Claims Offices (MCO) offices are listed below.

Asia (Korea & Japan) U.S. Army Claims Service Asia ATTN: Military Claims Division Unit 15236
APO AP 96271-5236
usarmy.humphreys.8-army.mbx.osja-client-legal- services@mail.mil
United States including Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico Center for Personnel Claims Support 50 Third Avenue, Suite 307
Fort Knox, KY 40121 (502) 626-3000
Europe U.S. Army Claims Service Europe Unit 29351, Box 32
APO AE 09014-9351
ATTN: Personnel Claims and Recovery Branch usarmy.wiesbaden.usareur.mbx.oja-personnel-claims-and- recovery@mail.mil


 Last Week to Register Online for #AMSA99!
Are you thinking about joining us in Fort Lauderdale for AMSA’s 2018 Education Conference & Expo? Don’t wait! Register online, and take advantage of all of the new, different and exciting opportunities we’ve created to make this year’s conference better than ever. We’ve packed the agenda with 20+ education sessions and two stimulating general sessions. There’s content for van lines, agents and independent AMSA members alike. AMSA’s Annual Education Conference & Expo is for AMSA members across all business disciplines – there’s content for sales, marketing, claims, finance, safety, legal and so much more!


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