August 22, 2017

We survived the Great American Eclipse yesterday, and it was nice to have something that brought everybody together. The rain held off in Oregon to start the day, but clouds blocked the view for some in South Carolina. Here outside of D.C., we were able to see just a partial eclipse and meet some of the people in the office upstairs.

August is usually a slow month in the capital as Congress is normally on recess, and the humidity can be unbearable here in the swamp. Traffic is typically a bit lighter than normal on the roads. One area that isn’t quiet at AMSA are the consumer calls, when they reach out to us to express concerns about their move. Summer is also when we do our annual membership review to ensure that all AMSA members are living up to our Code of Conduct and complying with the rules on moves. Every year, we have a few companies who get kicked out for failing to meet our standards. We need to show that AMSA membership means something for those who are doing it right and acting as professionals.

The FMCSA Household Goods Consumer Protection Working Group is wrapping up its report over the next few weeks, and it looks like it will have some good recommendations to help professional movers with reduced paperwork, while taking away some of the tools that are abused by the rogue operators. I’m proud to have served on this group, along with several other industry representatives, including Chair Heather Paraino, representing MoveRescue. Once the report is finalized, we will need to press Congress and the FMCSA to implement its recommendations.

I hope to see many of you in a couple of weeks for Moving Day on Capitol Hill!

Scott Michael
President & CEO

In this issue:

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Government & Military Relations Update

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Fast Dispatches

Don’t miss out! Nearly 100 AMSA members have signed up to share their views with Congress during Moving Day on the Hill on Wednesday, Sept. 6. It’s not too late for you to join them too. During these turbulent times, Congress needs to hear from you about how their legislation and federal regulations affect your business and your customers—their constituents. The registration fee is just $199 for AMSA members. All AMSA members are encouraged to attend, and if you’re on the board or a committee, your participation is vital as we continue to work through action items and projects that matter most to you. If you are not on a committee yet, the meetings are open to AMSA members so you can learn more about which committees might interest you. Register now.

Stop by AMSA’s Open House on Sept. 5

Don’t forget to join AMSA at our new office on Tuesday, Sept. 5, from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Meet AMSA staff and mingle with industry colleagues while exploring our new offices. Refreshments will be served, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Especially if you’re in the local area, please stop by! Ample free parking available here at 2800 Eisenhower Avenue in Alexandria, Va.

Check Out AMSA’s Free Webinar on Navigating Congressional Visits

In case you missed it, you can watch the recorded webinar to help plan your congressional visits this year at Moving Day on Capitol Hill. You’ll hear from AMSA’s Vice President of Government Relations Paul Milotte and Senior Manager of Government Relations Daniel Hart as they give you the best ways to make the most of your congressional visits. Whether you’ve never attended before or have been to multiple offices, you’ll learn something new during this informative webinar. Topics include this year’s issues, how to convey your message in five minutes or less, what to expect when meeting with congressional staff, and what to do if the conversation shifts away from the purpose of your visit. Take a look today!


Government & Military Relations Update

An official with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has reminded law enforcement officials that electronic logging devices (ELD) must be registered with the federal trucking regulatory agency in order to be valid. “It’s not an ELD unless it’s listed on our website. That’s going to be part of what you do during an inspection; you’re going to verify that it is a registered ELD,” said Danielle Smith, a transportation specialist with the FMCSA’s passenger carrier division. Smith addressed the issue with road safety inspectors at the North American Inspectors Championship, hosted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA). ELDs must be in place by Dec. 2017. Read more.

President Trump Signs Executive Order to Streamline Infrastructure Development

President Trump has signed an executive order designed to streamline the permitting approval process currently needed for any roads, bridges and other transportation projects. The order will rescind a previous decree from President Obama that required federal agencies to consider climate change when paying for infrastructure projects. Additionally, President Trump’s executive order allows the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to consider levying penalties against federal agencies that fail to meet trimmed milestones. Read more.

Military Moving Update

Mark Your Calendars for the SDDC’s Personal Property Forum

If you handle military moves, consider attending the SDDC’s fall Personal Property Forum (PPF), which will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Time at the Regency Conference Center in O’Fallon, Ill. Briefing topics will include various DP3 changes and Defense Personal Property System updates. The SDDC requests that questions or topic ideas for this meeting to be submitted to no later than Friday, Aug. 18. There will be a pre-PPF meeting sponsored by AMSA and IAM on Monday, Sept. 18, at the Regency Conference Center from 4:30-7:00 p.m.


Running Low? Get Your Federally-Required Brochures Now!

Make sure you have all the federally-required brochures you need before summer ends! When you order these publications from AMSA, you simplify your ordering for all three – AMSA Dispute Settlement Program brochures, Ready to Move? and Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move.

AMSA Dispute Settlement Program Brochures
This members-only publication is required by federal regulations before the move and during the claim settlement process. Comply with federal regulations by providing this brochure to your customers.
$59 for 100 (plus shipping and handling)

Ready to Move? Tips for a Successful Interstate Move
Ensure that consumers are informed of their options and offer guidance on how to choose a reputable mover. When providing a written estimate to a prospective individual shipper, you must give them a copy of this U.S. Department of Transportation publication.
$35 for 100 (plus shipping and handling)

Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move
This federally-required booklet contains comprehensive information about the moving process and helps consumers understand the documents that they will sign. It also informs them of their rights if their household goods are lost or damaged. This publication is branded with the AMSA and ProMover logos.
$55 for 100 (plus shipping and handling)

Check out all of AMSA’s products when you log into the products page at Questions? Contact Ricardo Escobar at (703) 706-4996.


Fast Dispatches

Two Men and a Truck of Sacramento, Calif., served as an in-kind sponsor for the 18th Annual Walk For Wishes benefiting Make-A-Wish Northeastern California and Northern Nevada…

Vanliner Insurance, a member of AMSA’s Chairman’s Circle, congratulates six of its moving and storage customers for earning the Excellence in Loss Prevention Award from the Allied Agents Association:

Group 1 Winners (1-45 power units):
1. Clemmer Moving & Storage (Telford, Pa.)
2. Circle Moving & Storage, Inc. (Long Beach, Calif.)
3. Jobbers Warehouse Company (Bismarck, N.D.)

Group 2 Winners (46+ power units):
1. Bayshore Transportation System (Newark, Del.)
2. Reebie Storage & Moving Company (Franklin Park, Ill.)
3. Jcorp Holdings Inc. (Raleigh, N.C.)

Arpin Van Lines was ranked #1 in household goods mover customer satisfaction by the 23rd Annual Nationwide Relocation Employee Survey for the second year in a row…


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