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Merging commissary and exchange systems ‘may pose a threat’ to the stores’ future

April 9, 2019

From the Military Times website

In a memo signed March 1, Lisa Hershman, acting DoD chief management officer, approved the business case for the merger. The consolidation of the commissary and exchange systems also must be approved by Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense David Norquist.

The first step would be to merge the exchange operations — Army and Air Force Exchange Service, Navy Exchange Service Command, and Marine Corps Exchange.

The merger will require the approval of Congress. Current law requires the Defense Department to operate separate commissary and exchange systems, so that law would have to be repealed. Another law prohibits DoD from using any taxpayer dollars to implement consolidation of resale entities until October 1, as lawmakers evaluate the proposal.

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