PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE / WASHINGTON UPDATE May 14, 2021

 

 

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May 14, 2021
 

.PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE / WASHINGTON UPDATE

 

From the desk of the ALA President

Defense comptroller confirmation hearing provides a window on thinking on defense budget. Mike McCord who served as Comptroller in the Obama administration, had his confirmation hearing the week in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

“If confirmed, I will work very closely with the Assistant Secretaries for Financial Management of the military departments and the Fourth Estate Budget Directors in the development and execution of budgetary matters, fiscal policy, and initiatives of the President and the Secretary of Defense. During my previous tenure as Comptroller, it was my practice to meet at least once each week with the Assistant Secretaries for Financial Management of the military departments to synchronize our efforts, and it would be my plan to continue that partnership if confirmed.”

“If confirmed, I plan to work closely with the Assistant Secretaries and Fourth Estate Budget Directors in contributing to the successful development and implementation of effective DoD policies and programs and management of the defense budget, to include development of the budget, execution reviews and reprogramming requests, management of our internal controls and financial audit efforts, and programs for the development of the financial management workforce.”

“On defense reform, I would look for ways to continue and expand the reform effort through the Comptroller organization. Developing and sustaining a professional financial management workforce is the foundation for meeting each of these challenges. DoD has a strong program already in place and I would look to build on that existing program.”

On the elimination of the Chief Management Officer position and filling that oversight void, McCord said …

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.PENTAGON AND MILITARY NEWS

 

This week in Congress: Lawmakers eye mid-summer for big budget decisions
Military Times
House appropriators are planning to mark-up their federal budget bills for fiscal 2022 in June, giving lawmakers a few weeks to review their plans and hopes for Defense Department and Veterans Affairs spending next year.

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House NDAA vote not expected until after August as infrastructure takes priority
Air Force Magazine
The 2022 defense policy bill won’t get out of committee until July, as the Biden administration has not yet released its proposed budget and is making a major infrastructure bill its main priority, a key lawmaker said May 12.

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White House’s slate of nominees would put familiar faces back in the Pentagon
Defense News
After three months of silence on who would make up his administration’s top Pentagon leaders, President Joe Biden announced the names of 17 potential officials in April.

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Pentagon maintains COVID plan to speed cash to contractors
Bloomberg
The Pentagon is sticking with a plan developed in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic to speed progress payments to defense contractors, even as evidence mounts that major companies appear financially healthy and are stepping up stock buybacks.

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Military parents would get 12 weeks of leave to care for new children under congressional proposal
Military Times
All military parents would get 12 weeks of family leave to care for a new child and would see increased flexibility in how they use that time off under a new legislative proposal introduced on Tuesday.

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Locality pay would be more even under proposed legislation
Federal Times
Salaried and hourly wage federal employees would be given more equal treatment in locality pay adjustments under legislation introduced in the House and Senate May 11.

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.INDUSTRY NEWS

 

4 ways consumer spending will change once more people are vaccinated
CNBC
As more people receive the COVID-19 vaccine, corporate leaders and investors are asking themselves a new question: What will consumer spending look like next? About a third of the U.S. population has gotten at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Airport and store traffic is picking up. And some economists are predicting a major boom that could last for years. Even so, the global health crisis will continue to shape consumers’ mindset and their purchases.

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How apparel brands are mapping out their post-pandemic strategies
Modern Retail
Apparel retailers are eagerly looking forward to summer, as they are some of the businesses that have been hit the hardest by the coronavirus pandemic. According to the NPD Group, total apparel sales were down 19% year-over-year in 2020, despite some categories like sweatpants reporting double-digit sales growth. Now, as more people get vaccinated, apparel retailers are hoping that customers will want to get dressed up again heading into the summer.

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.MILITARY AND RESALE NEWS

 

Some US military bases begin to loosen mask rules
Government Executive
U.S. Marines at Camp Lejeune, in North Carolina, no longer have to wear masks inside many buildings on base if they’re fully vaccinated — including some gyms and most work facilities, a spokesman confirmed to Defense One. The change, which was approved by the commanding generals of II Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Corps Installations East, marks a departure from the Defense Department’s February mask mandate, as well as Marine Corps rules for public areas.

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Reed’s Inc. expands distribution with defense commissary agency
GlobeNewswire
Reed’s Inc., maker of the nation’s leading portfolio of handcrafted, all-natural beverages, announced its expanded distribution with the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) to 179 commissary stores in the United States and 57 international bases that span Puerto Rico, Europe and Asia.

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Department of Defense expands access to military exchanges
Air Combat Command
The Department of Defense announced the expansion of access to military exchanges as of May 1. Starting May 1, 2021, DOD and Coast Guard appropriated fund and nonappropriated fund civilian employees are authorized to shop at military exchange stores in the United States and the U.S. territories and possessions.

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Installation welcomes new healthy dining option
Army.mil
Soldiers and their Families have a new healthy choice as the Army & Air Force Exchange Service opened Bun-D at Fort Stewart on April 30. “I’m thrilled to have another healthy lunch and dining option for our teammates at Fort Stewart,” Garrison Commander Col. Bryan Logan said. “Having a variety of choices improves the quality of life on the installation.”

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.FOOD SERVICE NEWS

 

How to Do Business with the Military — Article 3
David Staples, DS Consulting LLC
Now that you have reviewed the process for presenting your products to the Services (Sampling/Cuttings, Specifications, and Nutritional Standards) you are ready to present your products to the Food Service Menu Board’s (FSMB). So, you have to contact the Service representation and schedule your presentation. The FSMB representatives will review your product(s) and if they approve your product(s) for addition to their catalog the real work is yet to be done. So, what are the next steps in this process and what are your responsibilities?

  1. You should have a recipe already developed for your product and should provide all the steps in preparing the food based on 100 servings. You can look up the Armed Forces Recipe Service, TM 10-412, for what is required for the Food Program Manager to add the recipe to the Service’s automated food service system. This is critical because this is the step most forgotten and if not added to the system for the menu/meal/daypart it is to be used it will not show up for menu utilization. Recipe Card: DEPARTMENTS OF THE ARMY, THE NAVY AND THE AIR FORCE

 

  1. You need to provide all the information required for the Service/SPV representative to fill out the New Production Introduction Form (NPIF). This is a critical step in ensuring all the required information on the form is concise and correct. If this is not done properly, it will increase the delay in getting the product through the system as expeditiously as possible.

 

  1. Do you have a National Stock Number (NSN); National Allowance Pricing Agreement (NAPA) or Manufacturers Pricing Agreement (MPA)? If not, one will be assigned to you when the NPIF is filed. Recommend getting a NAPA or MPA as this will ensure your product is utilized and not some other generic product. DLA-TS is the POC for NAPA or MPA stock numbers. Having a NAPA or MPA ensures the SPV will have to use your product as designated by the Service(s). See DLA-TS Website on NAPA/MPAs: MPA, NAPA, Pricing (dla.mil)

 

  1. Stay in touch with the Food Program Manager and the SPV on your product(s) Fair and Reasonable (F&R) process executed by DLA-TS. Anything missing from the form to include pricing determination will delay the process.
    • 4.1. If your product pricing is approved you are good. If the price is not approved then more information may be required. You should request how the computation was calculated to determine whether it was compared correctly. All pricing should be based on FOB pricing. If your product is already on another catalog being used by the Services it should be comparable to that price. It might be compared to another like product currently on the catalog but it must meet the same specification to be a true comparison.
    • 4.2. If your product is already in the SPV warehouse for street business, the process is quicker. If not carried by the SPV, then the process can take more time to get through the system and into the SPV so the Dining facility can order. Also, the SPV should let you know when he will be ordering your product; when this happens, you need to contact the Food Program Manager so he can load the recipe into the menu in their automated system so the dining facilities/galleys can order.
    • 4.3. NOTE: If the recipe is not added to a menu in the system, then the product will not be ordered by the dining facility, so this step is critical in ensuring your product will be order and not just set in the SPV warehouse.

Understanding the process and requirements, after your presentation and product(s) approved, is fundamental to being successful in getting your product(s) into the Services recipe, menu and catalog.

 

.MARK YOUR CALENDAR

 

Date Event More Information
Oct. 17-19 ALA Annual Convention 2021 Norfolk Waterside Marriott

Specific information on upcoming ALA events is posted regularly on the ALA website.

 

 
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