Bases around the nation are being asked to cut back in ways most civilians never think about. This week, among other non-federal agencies, the Women, Infants, and Children’s facilities (WIC) are being asked to take their offices off military bases.
The Government Accountability Office, after releasing their latest audit, decided to stop allowing any non-federal agency to use buildings on bases, essentially rent free.
Interestingly, WIC is officially a federal assistance program providing healthcare and nutrition to low-income pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and children under the age of five years of age, making the argument for WIC facilities to leave military bases, somewhat confusing.
Sheila Murray, public affairs officer for Navy Region Northwest Environmental at Naval Station Whidbey (Washington State) said:
“They found that there were a lot of non-federal agencies using facilities on military bases. People are using the facilities for free and the taxpayer is footing the bill.”
WIC provides direct support to the families of service members who qualify under federal guidelines.
Naval Air Station Whidbey WIC’s program alone serves approximately 800 Navy mothers and babies. The GAO’s findings and rulings will impact thousands of military families across the country if the ruling is not overturned.
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