MTMC Proposes Mandatory Use Of PowerTrack by DOD Freight Carriers

The Military Traffic Management Command (MTMC), as the Department of Defense (DOD) traffic manager for surface and intermodal traffic management services, proposes mandatory use of PowerTrack as a transaction and payment system for all DOD freight carriers.

PowerTrack is being used for the majority of DOD's freight shipments both in terms of number of shipments and in terms of dollar value. Based on the success of the MRM 15 re-engineering initiative, DOD wishes to expedite implementation of PowerTrack to all commercial carriers doing business with DOD. Interested carriers should begin the PowerTrack signup process by phoning US bank at 800-417-1844.

Should the proposal be adopted, all carriers in categories listed above that are not PowerTrack-capable will have their voluntary and negotiated rate tenders on file placed in a nonuse status. Carriers with nonbinding contracts will not be used for DOD freight movements. MTMC will work with carriers to modify those contracts that do not contain the PowerTrack requirements in an effort to meet the Nov 30, 2000, implementation date.

For carriers participating in Guaranteed Traffic (GT) movements, carriers that are not PowerTrack-capable will not be considered for GT awards beyond this date. Carriers that are not PowerTrack-capable but are currently performing under GT awards will be allowed to continue performance until expiration of the contract period. MTMC may, with the carrier's agreement, extend a GT award if required for operational reasons. Only those carriers that are PowerTrack-certified will be eligible for extension of Guaranteed awards after Dec 31, 2000.

Comments must be submitted on or before Oct 3, 2000. Proposed effective dates for mandatory use of PowerTrack are Nov 30, 2000, for air (includes small package express freight shipments), barge, pipeline, rail, and sealift carriers; and Dec 31, 2000, for all Guaranteed Traffic carriers. Submit comments by fax to 703-428-3397, Attention: Jerome Colton; by e-mail to [email protected]; or by mail or courier to Headquarters, MTMC, Attention: MTOP-MRM (Jerome Colton), Hoffman Building II, 200 Stovall St, Alexandria VA 22332-5000. For more information, phone 703-428-2384.

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