New Benefits for DHS Employees: Shopping at Coast Guard Exchanges

The privilege of shopping at the Coast Guard Exchange System (CGX) has been expanded to include civil servants at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). CGX stores are known for their wide array of discounted merchandise. With some limitations, DHS employees can now also access the goods and services available through the system.

A memo signed by Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security David P. Pekoske gave all DHS employees immediate access to CGX shops. According to a press release, “more than 200,000 civilian DHS employees now have access tax-free shopping for nationally advertised brand-name merchandise including apparel, shoes, electronics, and other consumer products, at a savings within the Coast Guard Exchange military resale enterprise.”

Originally, CGXs were only available to active-duty military personnel and retirees, reservists and their dependent family members, and Coast Guard Auxiliarists. The Coast Guard has allowed current and retired civilian Coast Guard personnel access to the stores with limited privileges--all products, except for tobacco, alcohol, and military uniform items.

These same limitations will apply to DHS employees, according to Military Times.

With these limitations, DHS civilian employees will be able to shop at all 64 CGX retail locations and the online store at www.shopcgx.com.

Captain Bruce C. Brown, Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Community Services Command said in the press release, “We welcome all DHS employees to CGX stores to enjoy their new shopping benefit. This is a historic expansion of this important non-pay compensation benefit for the entire DHS workforce. Most importantly, in addition to purchasing brand name products at low prices, CGX offers tremendous other benefits including the CGX Rewards Program, which pays you dividends every time you shop, a generous 14-Day Price Match Guarantee, Competitor Price Matching and of course tax-free savings at CGX.”

The press release makes clear that all DHS offices and agencies are eligible for the benefit, including U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Secret Service, and Transportation Security Administration.

The Coast Guard Exchange System is the only non-appropriated fund activity within the DHS and, according to the press release, has contributed over $23 million to Coast Guard Morale, Well-Being, and Recreation programs over the last 10 years.

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