PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE / WASHINGTON UPDATE June 18, 2021

 

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June 18, 2021
 

.PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE / WASHINGTON UPDATE

 

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Congressional oversight committee decisions July-September could have major implications for resale programs. The Personnel Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee moves on July That’s the subcommittee that has jurisdiction over resale programs. The Readiness Subcommittee (with oversight over military foodservice programs) will move on the July 29. The full committee won’t move until September 1. A number of decisions affecting the military resale system may be coming before Congress this summer and fall. The decision includes …

It’s odd, if not unprecedented that the House would have its subcommittees move a full four weeks ahead of the full committee mark-up. The longer the subcommittee mark-ups are public, the longer lobby groups and the Administration can move to change them. Anyway, the Senate hasn’t yet announced a schedule for moving on their authorization bill but it’s Chairman, Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.) said it will probably start the process in July. All of the bills are delayed because the Administration was so late in getting its budget request up to the Hill …

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.PENTAGON AND MILITARY NEWS

 

This week in Congress: Service officials face the budget hot seat
Military Times
The military service officials will detail their priorities for fiscal 2022 in a series of budget hearings this week as lawmakers inch closer to unveiling their defense spending proposals later this summer.

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House tees up war authorization repeal while Senate waits on White House
Defense News
The House will vote on a repeal of the Iraq-focused 2002 war authorization this week, but similar legislation is on a slower track on the other side of the Capitol, where lawmakers were still negotiating with the White House last week.

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White House to nominate retired commander, business leader Carlos Del Toro as Navy secretary
Defense News
The Biden administration announced Carlos Del Toro as its pick to be the next Navy secretary.

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Will ‘BRAC for VA’ lead to veterans hospital closures or building more clinics?
Military Times
The Defense Department’s past base closure rounds have proven complicated and contentious for lawmakers, especially in communities that lost military bases and the economic benefits that come with them.

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Military will pay toward in-home child care for some families in pilot program
Military Times
A pilot program to help military families pay for child care in their homes will kick off in July, according to defense officials.

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Senator vows to hold up VA leadership nominees until department provides info on toxic exposures bill
Military Times
A Tennessee senator is blocking the confirmation of four nominees to Veterans Affairs leadership posts over lingering complaints about the department’s lack of response on the cost and scope of pending legislation granting more generous benefits to victims of military toxic exposure cases.

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.INDUSTRY NEWS

 

What inspires Target’s new marketing chief?
Adweek
Consumers’ passion for Target and the chance to work with a range of teams across the company helps Cara Sylvester stay energized as she tackles her new post as chief marketing and digital officer after almost 14 years with the retailer. “It’s true that you learn and grow the most when you’re willing to say ‘yes’ to different opportunities and responsibilities that challenge you in new ways,” Sylvester said.

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Retailers wait longer to pay bills amid the pandemic
The Wall Street Journal
Businesses waited an average of 62 days to pay their suppliers in fiscal year 2020, 7.6% longer than in the previous year, as pandemic-fueled upheaval spurred them to conserve more cash, according to Hackett Group research. Macy’s is among the companies that waited longer to pay bills, ending the most recent quarter with 18% more cash on hand than a year ago.

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.MILITARY AND RESALE NEWS

 

Army & Air Force Exchange service shoppers generate $153M for military communities in 2020
DVIDS
It matters where Soldiers, Airmen, Guardians and their families shop, and authorized Army & Air Force Exchange Service shoppers are doing their part to strengthen their communities. In 2020, Exchange shoppers generated $153 million for critical military Quality-of-Life programs.

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Procurement List; Additions and Deletions
Federal Register
This action adds product(s) and service(s) to the Procurement List that will be furnished by nonprofit agencies employing persons who are blind or have other severe disabilities, and deletes product(s) and service(s) from the Procurement List previously furnished by such agencies.

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Feds Feed Families underway through August as commissaries continue role as DOD’s lead
MacDill Air Force Base
The USDA’s Feds Feed Families (FFF) campaign for 2021 began June 1 and continues through Aug. 31 for federal workers and commissary customers and employees who want to donate to food banks and pantries in their area. For the second straight year, the Department of Defense has designated the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) the leader of the campaign for the military, said Randy Eller, the agency’s director of logistics.

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MWR hotel construction project officially underway
Hill Air Force Base
Hill Air Force Base is one step closer to seeing a Morale, Welfare and Recreation hotel become a reality, as a groundbreaking ceremony for the Mayflower Mountain Resort took place June 9. Once open, the 642,000-square-foot conference hotel will include a block of 100 rooms that will be available at a preferred rate for active duty and retired service members. In addition, there will be a tax for regular guests that will go towards Hill Air Force Base’s MWR account.

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New BX Express mart to open soon
Hanscom Air Force Base
The new convenience-style express mart at the main Base Exchange here is on track to open for business by Aug. 1. Visitors to the BX can’t miss the fenced-off construction area and the new gas pumps and awning in front of the building. But soon the fences will be removed, the pumps turned on, and customers will be able to take advantage of one-stop shopping on Hanscom.

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DoorDash now offering delivery from Fort Bliss Restaurants
El Paso Herald-Post
“The Exchange is all in to strengthen Quality of Life support at Ft. Bliss,” said Fort Bliss Exchange General Manager Michael Brennan. “We are looking forward to making food delivery a success as evaluation of opportunities to expand food delivery service to other installations continues.” When the new service began on June 9, Ft. Bliss became be the fourth Army Post in the United States to have on-demand meal delivery.

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