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Military Housing: Actions Needed to Improve the Process for Setting Allowances for Servicemembers and Calculating Payments for Privatized Housing Projects

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[Technical Report, Congressional Report]

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DOD spent about 20 billion in fiscal year 2019 on BAH - often one of the largest components of military pay. BAH is designed to cover a portion of service members housing rental and utility costs in the private sector. Starting in 2015, DOD reduced BAH rates so that servicemembers share a portion of housing costs. The majority of servicemembers rely on the civilian housing market, while others rely on government housing or privatized housing projects. These projects rely on BAH as a key revenue source. In 2018-2020, Congress required DOD to make payments to these projects to help offset the BAH reduction. Senate Report 116-48 included a provision for GAO to review DODs BAH process. This report evaluates, among other things, the extent to which 1 DOD established a process to determine BAH and 2 DODs congressionally mandated payments to projects lessened the effects of BAH reductions. To conduct this work, GAO reviewed relevant guidance and other documents, analyzed key data, and interviewed cognizant DOD officials.

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  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Administration and Management

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[A, Approved For Public Release]