Defense Authorization passes committee:
The House Armed Services Committee passed the fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization bill last week by a vote of 56-5. The bill authorizes $554 billion for national defense and $88.5 billion for Overseas Contingencies Operations, $4 billion more than the president's request but less than fiscal 2012 funding levels.
The committee-approved provisions:
In response, Committee Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., sent a scathing letter to Panetta justifying his committee's bill. McKeon said, "In your criticism of my proposal for the Department's FY13 Authorization Bill, you are clearly operating under some misconceptions." He also noted that the bill passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.
The Senate Armed Services Committee’s markup of its version is scheduled to begin on May 21.
Implications for military resale:
One of the provisions in the report language calls for a study to be conducted by DoD on the implications of participating in container deposit programs. This could have broad implications depending on how the report views the issue. We will closely watch this issue as it develops.
Military Resale Participation in Container Deposit Programs
The committee is aware that military exchange and commissary systems do not directly participate in state and local container deposit programs designed to control litter and advance recycling objectives. The committee understands that as agencies of the Federal Government, military exchange and commissary systems would not historically participate in state and local programs that are viewed as taxation, although container deposit programs are generally viewed as user fees. The committee recognizes that container deposit programs are highly valued initiatives in the states and locales in which they are operated. However, the committee would like to better understand the implications of requiring the military resale community to participate in container deposit programs, as well as the potential for setting a precedent with broad consequences for the federal government regarding the participation of a federal agency in state and local tax or user fee programs. Accordingly, the committee directs the Secretary of Defense to submit a report to the Senate Committee on Armed Services and the House Committee on Armed Services by March 31, 2013, assessing if it is appropriate for military exchange and commissary systems to participate in state and local container deposit programs. The Secretary should consider the implications of a decision to support the participation of military resale organizations in container deposit programs and, at a minimum, provide an assessment of:
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The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website as of 10 a.m., 17 May 2012.
DP #11, Update #1.
DP #12, CONUS, Pacific & Alaska Promotion & Shipper Quantities and Update #1.
DP #14, Far East Promotion & Shipper Quantities.
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12-79, Category Plan, July & August 2012 Category Review Templates.
Sales & Marketing & Policy Group Phone List, 13 May 2012.
DeCA Distributor Change Form, East, West-Midwest, dated 10 May 12.
ALA Commissary Roundtable, Perimeter Breakout Handouts (2),
& Shopper Insights & Solutions Presentation – Executive Brief.
Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 12-20.
Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates.
SAVE THE DATES
June 19, 2012: Congressional Caucus, Washington, D.C.
August 20–23, 2012: Hawaii Conference & Food Show
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National Veterans Conference
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The Department of Veteran Affairs will host the National Veterans Conference in Detroit from June 25-29. The three major facets of this National Conference include: the National Veterans Small Business Conference, the Veterans Open House and a Veterans Hiring Fair. the VA for Vets program is sponsoring the Veterans Hiring Fair, which will take place on June 26-28, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Click here for more information.
Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command Customer Advisory
(Note: There are still discussions in progress for how this will impact the Exchange Business.)
Subject: Lithium batteries prohibited in international/military mail
Purpose: To provide DOD shippers an immediate notification on mailing lithium batteries to/from APOs, FPOs or DPOs.
Be advised: Effective May 16, 2012, the United States Postal Service will prohibit the shipment of lithium metal batteries, lithium-ion batteries and devices containing lithium batteries by international/military mail. This prohibition includes mail sent to and from APO, FPO and DPO locations and applies regardless of quantity, size, watt-hours and whether the cells or batteries are packed in equipment, with equipment or without equipment.
Save the dates!
May 21: Dallas Chapter/Commanders Cup Golf event
Bear Creek Golf Club
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Click here for directions and here for the official flier.
June 25: ALA New York Chapter Golf Event
Click here for registration form and directions.
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