While the Exchange is a federal employer, we are separate from Civil Service. Civil Service employee salaries come from taxpayer dollars. We are a non-appropriated fund or NAF. That means that we pay our salaries from the revenue that we earn, not taxpayer dollars. We also base our wages on the NAF wage schedule and not the GS (General Schedule) pay scale.
Although we function as an independent NAF, we are still a Federal agency and all of our associates are Depart of Defense (DoD) Federal employees, not contractors.