Federal Daily News
Military commissaries to close one day per week
Military commissaries will handle Defense Department furloughs by closing for one day a week, the Defense Commissary Agency said.
Most commissaries will close on Mondays up to 11 times between July 8 and Sept. 30. The additional closure of one day per week will be in addition to any days stores normally are closed. That means that the 148 commissaries that routinely close on Mondays will also close the next normal day of operation, DCA said.
"We know that any disruption in commissary operations will impact our patrons," said DCA Director and CEO Joseph H. Jeu. "Also, we understand the tremendous burden this places on our employees, who, when furloughed, will lose 20 percent of their pay."
Furlough notices are slated for delivery to DCA employees between May 28 and June 5.
Jeu said the agency determined that Monday closures "would present the least pain" for employees, customers and suppliers.
DCA operates 247 commissaries with more than 16,000 employees in 13 countries and two U.S. territories. The furloughs will affect all of the agency's 14,000 U.S. civilian employees.