Amendment Would Offer Congress a Role in Commissary, Exchange Consolidation Plan

Amendment Would Offer Congress a Role in Commissary, Exchange Consolidation Plan

In an attempt to slow a Pentagon plan to consolidate the military’s three exchange services and the Defense Commissary Agency, lawmakers on the House Armed Services Committee last week added an amendment to the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill requiring the department to assess the feasibility of creating a single military resale organization. The provision calls for DOD to prepare by Jan. 1, 2019, a financial assessment, a business case analysis, and “organizational, operational, and business model integration plans” for consolidating the commissary and exchange systems, reported Military Times. It also would bar the department from using congressional funding to carry out a merger.

DOD already had been planning to launch a task force in July to look at the business case for merging the systems; officials also have prepared a legislative proposal needed to go ahead with a consolidation. But lawmakers want to have input on the process. “The fear is that DOD has already worked out the answer to the equation,” a congressional aide said. “We believe there needs to be more of a participative process. … There’s a lot to consider here.”

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