Commissaries Plan to Close Mondays

On May 24, The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) announced that commissaries will close on Mondays beginning on July 8 and probably lasting through September 30. The closures will be for up to 11 days.

DeCA has 247 commissaries with more than 16,000 employees operating in 13 countries and two U.S. territories. Furloughs will impact all of DeCA’s more than 14,000 U.S. civilian employees.

If a commissary is already closed on Monday, then the sequestration closure day will be the next normal day of operation. You can check your local commissary’s schedule by going to this website and clicking on the “Locations” tab, then “Alphabetical Listing,” finding your store and clicking on “local store information.”

In addition, DeCA will plan for budget cuts by reducing the following operating costs: 

  • A hiring freeze on all outside hires 
  • Curtailment of official travel for all conferences, training and any other events and activities considered noncritical to the agency’s mission 
  • Cancellation of the agency’s May Worldwide Case Lot Sales for all commissaries. Instead, stores are conducting smaller-scale events such as outdoor sidewalk sales 
  • Curtailment of all overtime and compensatory time unless deemed mission-critical 
  • Review of contract services to restrict any increases 
  • Curtailment of all monetary awards unless legally required  
  • Postponement of all Guard and Reserve on-site sales scheduled after July 8 until further notice

(Source: http://www.commissaries.com/press_room/press_release/2013/DeCA_36_13.cfm)

 

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