Potential Budget Cuts Impact the Commissary

Military families consistently tell us how much they value their Commissary and Exchange privileges. Families rely on the savings they get by shopping at the Commissary, and for families stationed overseas, the Commissary allows them to enjoy products from home that would otherwise be unavailable or unaffordable. The National Military Family Association has long worked to promote and protect these critical benefits to military families’ quality of life. 

Knowing how important the Commissary is to military families, we are increasingly concerned about potential threats to this benefit. We received notification the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) will plan for potential budget cuts by reducing operating costs. Some of these measures include:

  • An agency-wide hiring freeze for all outside DeCA hires. These measures can include terminating temporary hires, eliminating travel that isn’t mission critical, and freezing civilian employment.
  • DeCA’s hiring freeze applies to all outside-the-agency hiring actions with the following exceptions: 
    • Hiring commitments made before February 4 
    • Placements based on DoD Priority Placement Program 
    • The fill of critical positions approved by DoD 
  • DeCA reduced official travel for all conferences, training and any other events and activities considered noncritical to the agency’s mission of delivering the commissary benefit. 
  • DeCA cancelled its May case lot sales for overseas commissaries – including Alaska and Hawaii – to reduce the logistical costs associated with supporting these annual events.

Find more information about the commissary; check out the National Military Family Association's website

(Source: https://www.commissaries.com/press_room/press_release/2013/DeCA_19_13.cfm


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