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Outside the Box Opportunities

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Here are the slides for a lecture on “Outside the Box Opportunities” that I gave at the 2017 Transition to Practice Symposium at NMCSD for all the graduating residents and fellows:

Outside the Box Opportunities

Topics covered include:

Here is a video podcast:

Navy Urges Patience for Sailors Waiting on PCS Orders

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From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) — Following passage of the 2017 Consolidated Appropriations Act, the Navy announced today that Sailors should continue to expect to receive permanent change of station (PCS) orders with approximately two months or less lead time through the end of the fiscal year.

While the Navy will make every effort to ensure PCS orders are released as expeditiously as possible, the service does not have sufficient funds to allow for longer PCS orders lead times.

“We recognize the impact this has on Sailors and their families preparing to move, and we’re working hard to remedy this situation,” said Chief of Naval Personnel, Vice Adm. Robert Burke. “Leadership is engaged at all levels to develop and implement solutions to minimize the impact to our Sailors. Our focus and priority remains on manning the Fleet, and taking care of Sailors and their families.”

Currently, the Navy is using a prioritization strategy, as it has previously done, to help minimize the impact on Fleet readiness, career timing, and families. Emphasis will remain on global support assignment rotations, career milestone billets, critical readiness fills, minimizing gaps at sea for deployed units and those working up to deploy, and keeping the training pipelines moving. Those Sailors who are going to operational units about to deploy, numbered fleet staffs, overseas billets, individual augmentees or must-moves (safety, early return of dependents, humanitarian) will be issued their orders first.

Additionally, Navy Personnel Command will continue to issue letters of intent for overseas moves. That way, while orders may not be in hand, individuals can start the process of doing overseas and medical screenings, dependent entry approval, passport applications and security clearance requests.

We encourage all Sailors who have not yet received PCS orders to contact their detailers with questions and concerns with the understanding that there may be a delay as we work through budgetary issues.

Those with questions regarding their Household Goods moves should contact householdgoods@navy.mil. Additionally, Sailors and family members are advised to go to http://www.navsup.navy.mil/household to review various “how-to” guides for using the Defense Personal Property System. The website also includes a schedule of webinars where those planning moves can interact directly with HHG staff.

 

Navy Advises Sailors Expecting PCS Orders in Summer 2017 to Prepare Early for Household Goods Moves

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By Suzanna Brugler, Naval Supply Systems Command Global Logistics Support, Office of Corporate Communications

SAN DIEGO (NNS) — In a message released March 24, Naval Supply Systems Command Global Logistics Support (NAVSUP GLS) advised Sailors and family members that peak season for household goods (HHG) moves will run from May 15 to August 31 this year.

During this time, almost 55 percent of all Department of Defense household goods moves for the year will be executed. Sailors expecting to move during this time should prepare as early as possible.

This year is especially critical due to the continuing resolution (CR) for fiscal year 2017, which results in permanent change of station (PCS) orders being issued later than normal.

“Early initiative and flexibility are key for a successful household goods move during the summer peak season,” said Deborah McGlennon, NAVSUP GLS Household Goods program manager. “The sooner you submit your application, orders and all the required signed documents, the more control you will have over your move.”

To alleviate some stress, the Navy HHG office recommends that Sailors start their move application process in advance of receiving their PCS orders. While Sailors can start the application online as soon as possible, they cannot ‘submit’ the application forward until they have received official PCS orders. Ideally, Sailors will have the online application almost complete and be ready to review and submit immediately upon receiving PCS orders.

To start the process, Sailors and family members are advised to go to http://www.navsup.navy.mil/household to review various “how-to” guides for using the Defense Personal Property System (DPS) and basic entitlement information.

Sailors should then go to the http://www.move.mil, obtain a login and password for DPS, and start their application.

Once an application has been created, signed, and the required documents have been uploaded into DPS – documents including official military PCS orders, signed forms DD 1299 and DD 1797, and any other required specialized documents, such as power of attorney – the move application can then be submitted.

After an application has been submitted, Sailors should check the status of their application frequently to ensure a moving company, pack-out date, and pick-up date are assigned. Sailors should expect to receive an automated email when their HHG shipment has been assigned to a moving company. The assigned moving company is required to initiate contact to arrange a pre-move survey.

“It is important that our Sailors contact their local personal property or HHG counseling office if they have not received notification two weeks prior to their requested first pack date,” said McGlennon.

The average lead time for Navy personal property offices to process move applications during peak season increases to four weeks from the average two weeks outside of peak season. Therefore, Sailors may be asked to be flexible and adjust their requested pick-up date or conduct a personally procured move (PPM) if a moving company is not available.

Sailors may also designate a releasing agent, such as a spouse or family member, if they are not available at the time of the move. Releasing agents act on the service member’s behalf, should be available for both the pack-out and pick-up appointments, and will be required to sign the required moving documents.

Sailors do not need legal assistance to designate a releasing agent. A note signed by the moving service member stating the name, phone number and email of the releasing agent is sufficient for designation.

Sailors are also advised they should not submit notice to vacate their residence prior to discussing moving dates with their local HHG office and, if possible, prior to their shipment being accepted by a moving company.

“It is important our Sailors avoid terminating their rental and lease agreements until a firm pack-out and pick-up date have been agreed upon and confirmed with the assigned moving company,” said McGlennon.

To assist with the moving process, the Navy HHG program is offering webinars to provide information on basic PCS entitlements. The scheduled topics and time of the webinars are as follows (all times are given in PDT):
– First time movers – basic terminology, what can be shipped, responsibilities, etc.: April 11 at 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.; May 9 at 7 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.; and June 13 at 7 a.m. and 2 p.m.
– Retiree moving information – final move preparation, storage: April 18 at 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.; May 16 at 7 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.; and June 20 at 7 a.m. and 2 p.m.
– Overseas information restrictions – for overseas locations, storage: April 19 at 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.; May 17 at 7 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.; and June 21 at 7 a.m. and 2 p.m.
– Personnel separating from the Navy – information on final move entitlements: April 25 at 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.; May 23 at 7 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.; and June 27 at 7 a.m. and 2 p.m.
– Personally procured moves (PPM) – how to conduct a PPM, weight tickets, advance of funds, etc.: April 27 at 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.; May 25 at 7 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.; and June 29 at 7 a.m. and 2 p.m.

There are two steps to attend a webinar, as follows:
1) To hear the webinar, dial into the conference line at 866-914-8369, participant code 6183853#
2) To see the presentation, use the following directions depending on what device is being used:
– For a cell phone or tablet, download the GoToMeeting application. Once GoToMeeting is installed on the device, find the session with the identification number 166349037.
– For a computer, go to: www.gotomeeting.com/meeting/join-meeting and enter session identification number 166349037. If using a government computer on the NMCI network, the recommended web browsers are Chrome or Firefox.

Sailors may submit questions via email to householdgoods@navy.mil or call 1-855-HHG-MOVE (1-855-444-6683).
Navy Household Goods is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/navyhhg/; YouTube at www.youtube.com/navyhhg/; Twitter at www.twitter.com/navyhhg/; and Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/navyhhg/.

NAVSUP GLS provides global logistics for a global Navy. The organization is made up of approximately 6,300 military and civilian logistics professionals operating from 105 locations worldwide providing an extensive array of integrated global logistics and contracting services to Navy, Marine Corps, joint operational units and allied forces across all warfare enterprises.

 

Households Goods Move Timelines Compressed Due to FY17 Continuing Resolution

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From Naval Supply Systems Command Global Logistics Support Office of Corporate Communications
SAN DIEGO (NNS) — The Navy Household Goods (HHG) global team announced Feb. 8 Sailors should expect a compressed timeline for planning and scheduling military moves through the end of the Continuing Resolution (CR) for fiscal year 2017.

As a result, once Sailors are in receipt of orders from their detailers, they should submit those orders to the HHG website within 72 hours to initiate the HHG shipment process. The website for submitting orders is www.navsup.navy.mil/household.

The consequence of the CR is service members will receive their orders only approximately two months prior to their expected move timeframe. Due to the way resources are phased and allocated under a CR, the Navy currently does not have sufficient funds in its manpower accounts to allow for the normal three to four month lead times for Sailors’ PCS orders.

Besides the time constraints, the impact of the CR will be exasperated by the usual annual peak season challenge of private-sector capacity limitations across the industry; shipping, packing, and transportation.

“We are operating under a compressed timeline due to the current CR, and our personnel working at Navy Household Goods are doing everything in their power to facilitate PCS moves once Sailors provide their official orders online,” said Rear Adm. James McNeal, commander, Naval Supply Systems Command Global Logistics Support.

Navy HHG is providing scheduled, live webinars in an effort to help educate Sailors and their families on the HHG moving process. The schedule for the webinars is available on the www.navsup.navy.mil/household website.

“We are making extra effort to ensure our Sailors and their families are taken care of during the PCS move process; however, I cannot stress how critical it is that the service member follow the guideline to submit their official orders to our website online as soon as possible once in receipt,” said Deborah McGlennon, HHG program manager.

“PCS moves are always a team effort between the Sailor, the family members, and the Navy HHG team, but they begin with that first action — submitting the official orders online,” said McGlennon. “That must be initiated by the Sailor.”

PCS Orders Will Be Delayed Due to the Continuing Resolution

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WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Navy announced today that Sailors should expect to receive orders with approximately two months lead time for permanent change of station (PCS) moves following passage of a second Continuing Resolution (CR) for Fiscal Year 17 that will fund the government through April 28, of next year.

“The Navy fully realizes that these shortened lead times limit Sailors’ time to prepare for moves, and burdens them and their families,” said Chief of Naval Personnel, Vice Adm. Robert Burke. “Going forward, we remain committed to providing Sailors with as much information and lead time as we can. Our goal remains to mitigate the CR’s impact on Sailors and their families, to the best of our ability. We ask for your patience as we work through the funding challenges.”

Due to the way resources are phased and allocated under a CR, the Navy currently does not have sufficient funds in our manpower accounts to allow for normal three to four month lead times for Sailors’ PCS orders.

While the Navy will make every effort to ensure that PCS orders are released in a timely manner, these fiscal challenges will result in compressed PCS timelines for Sailors. To date, NPC has received less funding than planned and the average lead time for PCS orders has decreased to approximately two months. Sailors who have not yet received orders will likely have less than two months lead time when the orders are released.

The Navy has utilized a prioritization strategy in previous PCS funding-constrained periods with the intent to minimize impact to Fleet readiness, career timing, and families. Emphasis will remain on global support assignment rotations, career milestone billets, critical readiness fills, minimizing gaps at sea for deployed units and those working up to deploy, and keeping the training pipelines moving. Those Sailors who are going to operational units about to deploy, numbered fleet staffs, overseas billets, individual augmentees or must-moves (safety, early return of dependents, humanitarian) will be issued their orders first.

Additionally, Navy Personnel Command will continue to issue letters of intent for overseas moves. That way, while orders may not be in hand, individuals can start the process of doing overseas and medical screenings, dependent entry approval, passport applications and security clearance requests.

We encourage all Sailors with projected rotation dates during this fiscal year to contact their detailers with questions and concerns with the understanding that there may be a delay as we work through Sailors’ issues.

Chief of Naval Personnel’s Message Regarding PCS Orders Delay

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Here is a link to the CNP’s message regarding delays in people receiving their orders:

http://navylive.dodlive.mil/2016/06/22/pcs-orders-lead-times-three-things-you-need-to-know/

The most pertinent part of the message for us is this portion below (if you are having issues with your orders, you will need to contact your Detailer):

“However, given the current fiscal constraints, the Navy is prioritizing PCS moves in order to remain within budget. Highest priority moves are those to fill critical gaps at sea, billets for individual augmentees, force protection, humanitarian, safety and overseas billets – they will be issued first. All other orders will be released following a sequenced move schedule to ensure the Fleet is manned properly.

We have released priority one moves (individual augmentee, immediate and OFRP deployers, numbered fleet staffs, overseas billets) and must-moves (safety, early return of dependents, humanitarian) with estimated detach dates through the end of July, and are now working on August orders and beyond.

Also, to help alleviate some pressure, Navy Personnel Command will continue to issue letters of intent for overseas moves. That way, while orders may not be in hand, individuals can start the process of doing overseas and medical screenings, dependent entry approval, passport applications and security clearance requests.”

Summer PCS Orders Release Update

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Here is a summary of some issues that have arisen at Navy Personnel Command (PERS) for people awaiting their permanent change of station (PCS) orders:

  • Last week PERS became aware of severe financial constraints slowing the normal rate of order release.
  • As a result they have assigned a priority to all unreleased orders.  Operational and OCONUS commands, as well as Global Support Assignments (GSA), are given priority.
  • Orders will continue to be released, albeit at a slower rate and in a prioritized order.
  • As this new process goes forward, we will get an idea of how quickly orders will start being released.  In other words, PERS cannot give ETAs yet.
  • There are no plans to remove funding from orders that are already released.

As a former Detailer, I can tell you that this kind of thing is frustrating for both the officers moving and the Detailers, so please…be nice to your Detailer!