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Release No: 113-96
March 04, 1996



Secretary of Defense William J. Perry has nominated the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) for the Performance Based Organization government-wide reinvention program. The Secretary of Defense remains committed to preserving the commissary benefit for Service members while at the same time looking for new ways to save money and streamline operations.

Vice President Al Gore announced March 4 that the Defense Department's commissary agency was one of eight federal agencies being nominated for conversion to a Performance Based Organization (PBO). The Vice President made the announcement while addressing the National Press Club on "Reinvention's Next Steps: Governing in a Balanced Budget World."

The PBO status will permit DeCA greater flexibility while holding the agency accountable for its performance. DeCA will work to achieve greater efficiencies and appropriated fund savings for the taxpayer while improving customer service and savings at the cash register. DeCA has already saved taxpayers $302.6 million since it became a joint agency in 1992 and a pilot agency under the Government Performance and Results Act in 1994. This is one more way the Defense Department is working to streamline costs.

Other agencies participating in the program include the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Transportation and the Office of Personnel Management.

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