Would a government shutdown affect
In the event of a government shutdown,
commissary customers are asked to check their local military installation news
outlets before, during and after the event to determine if stores serving their
area are open.
"As a matter of course, the Defense Commissary
Agency plans for any event that could affect the operation of its stores," said
Joseph H. Jeu, DeCA director and CEO. "We are currently updating existing plans
to adjust commissary operations in case of a government shutdown. If this action
does occur, we will use all available media to notify our customers of any
specific changes in commissary operations. Customers should also stay abreast of
the news that affects services on their installations."
If a shutdown occurs, commissary customers also
should monitor the Department of Defense website, http://www.defense.gov, for any breaking news
that affects service members and government civilians. During that time,
customers can attempt to access http://www.commissaries.com, but the agency's
website could be down.
When the federal government's fiscal year begins
Oct. 1, operations and programs must be funded through appropriations enacted by
Congress and signed into law by the president. If Congress and the president
have not approved annual funding, Congress may pass a continuing resolution to
extend government operations for a period of time. Congress
recently approved the latest continuing resolution authority to avoid a
potential shutdown that would have began midnight March 4.
The current CRA lasts until March 18. Since
1980, all agencies in the government have been required to plan for potential
government shutdowns. Despite a shutdown, DoD would still continue support to
its deployed troops and must continue operations necessary for the safety of
human life and protection of property. These types of activities would be
"exempt" from any temporary stoppage of government activities.