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Managing personally procured moves

Posted 6/13/2012   Updated 6/20/2012 Email story   Print story


by Carol Emling
81st Logistics Readiness Squadron

6/13/2012 - KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- Formerly known as a do-it-yourself move, a personally procured move is an alternate method of moving personal property. All or a portion of a service member's full Joint Federal Travel Regulations weight allowance can be moved by them instead of using a commercial transportation service provider, with the service member collecting an incentive payment from the government.

Although the service member can use the self-counseling module within the Defense Personal Property System to enter initial shipment data, the personal property office must finalize the counseling and approve the PPM prior to the move being accomplished. The service member must bring copies of the shipment documentation generated by DPS and a complete copy of their orders and any amendments to the PPO for this purpose.

Service members receiving an incentive to participate in the PPM program are authorized to receive 95 percent of the cost the government would have paid to transport their household goods with a TSP. Actual authorized moving costs that exceed the government cost are at the service member's expense. If the service member requests an advance operating allowance, they may be provided up to 60 percent of the estimated government cost to help offset their operating costs. If an advance operating allowance is drawn based on the estimated weight of the shipment and the actual shipment weight is less, the service member is required to reimburse the government the excess amount.

It is important to note that service members are required under regulations to obtain counseling and authorization for their PPM from their origin PPO. Requests for after-the-fact PPMs will be approved only by events beyond the service member's control. Failure to receive counseling and approved shipment documentation from the origin PPO may place service members and their families in an excess cost status or create unnecessary hardship situations.

For more information contact the personal property office in the Sablich Center room 114, 228-376-8530; or the technical training traffic management office located in the Levitow Training Support Facility room 211, 228-377-3147.

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