• Industry Expresses Interest in Operating Commissaries

    Industry Expresses Interest in Operating Commissaries0

    Pentagon officials are mulling the next steps in their exploration of whether the operation of military groceries could be privatized, after a number of companies expressed interest in taking over some or all aspects of the commissary system. “We have a significant response. It’s enough of a response that we think that a real evaluation of what we’ve got is needed, but it’s going to be a thoughtful and considered process,” Peter Levine, acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, told the Military Times. “The thing we need to do is assess the information we’ve gotten, determine whether it’s enough to proceed to the next step,” Levine said. The next step presumably would be a formal request for proposals for a possible contract, according to the story …

  • Exchanges Propose Running Commissary System

    Exchanges Propose Running Commissary System0

    The Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) has proposed placing management of military groceries under its control as a way to streamline operations and slash the $1.4 billion federal subsidy supporting commissaries. Commercial grocery retailers would operate commissaries at larger installations under contract with AAFES, while the exchanges would directly operate smaller commissaries, including those overseas …

  • Senate Votes to Stop Commissary Privatization Pilot

    Senate Votes to Stop Commissary Privatization Pilot0

    The Senate on Tuesday voted 70-26 to remove language from the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill allowing the Defense Department to privatize commissaries at five major installations until a study to assess the costs and benefits of privatization is completed. The amendment rekindles a similar effort on the Senate floor last year to postpone the launch of a pilot privatization initiative at military grocery stores …