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Military Housing: DOD Has Taken Key Steps to Strengthen Oversight, but More Action Is Needed in Some Areas

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[Technical Report, Congressional Testimony]

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Why GAO Did This Study. Congress enacted the Military Housing Privatization Initiative MHPI in 1996 to improve the quality of housing for servicemembers. DOD is responsible for general oversight of privatized housing projects. Private-sector developers are responsible for the ownership, construction, renovation, maintenance, and repair of about 99 percent of military housing in the United States. GAO has conducted a series of reviews of MHPI, following reports of hazards such as mold in homes, questions about DODs process to determine the basic allowance for housing rates, which is a key revenue source for privatized housing, and concerns about how DOD ensures appropriate property insurance for privatized housing projects impacted by severe weather. This statement summarizes 1 steps DOD has taken to strengthen oversight and management of its privatized housing program, and work remaining 2 actions needed to improve DODs BAH process and 3 actions needed to enhance DODs oversight of privatized housing property insurance. The statement summarizes two of GAOs prior reports, and a report to be issued, related to privatized housing. For this statement, GAO reviewed prior reports, collected information on recommendation implementation, and interviewed DOD officials.

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  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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[A, Approved For Public Release]