Congress in its desire for efficiency has attempted to align its committee structure with the programs and agencies operating in the executive branch. The programs that operate in the arena of military resale and morale, welfare and recreation fall under the military personnel committees of the congress, specifically, the Military Personnel Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee and the Senate Armed Services Committee on Personnel.
Each Year hearings are held where "beneficiary groups" like the ALA are given the opportunity to testify before the Military Personnel Subcommittee of the House. The testimony is traditionally delivered by the chair of the association. This opportunity to testify culminates a years worth of behind the scenes ground work laid by the association’s government relations professionals.The testimony is submitted in two forms with a detailed written statement accompanied by a brief oral statement.
In addition to the important committees mentioned above, there is the important task of getting your program authorized and funds appropriated to operate. This important work is done by other committees but the activity that sponsors your requests is usually the one with direct oversight.
House Committee on Appropriations
Senate Committee on Appropriations