Family Housing:

Mainz and Wiesbaden Requirements Overstated

NSIAD-87-69: Published: Mar 16, 1987. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 1987.

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GAO reviewed the Army's housing acquisition plans for the Mainz and Wiesbaden military communities in West Germany to determine whether the Army: (1) actually needed all of the family housing units it planned to construct; and (2) considered all available local economy housing in justifying new housing acquisitions.

GAO found that the Army failed to: (1) consider the availability of housing in the adjacent Wiesbaden community when it planned the construction or lease of over 450 housing units in Mainz for fiscal years 1986 through 1991; (2) account for local economy housing when it planned to convert 96 units in Wiesbaden to apartments; or (3) adequately consider the availability of local economy housing in its overall assessment of Mainz and Wiesbaden housing needs. GAO also believes that the Army should consider those service families who decline economy housing to be voluntarily separated and, therefore, not in need of government housing.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: Both Mainz and Wiesbaden 5-year housing acquisition plans were reassessed. Projects that were not fully justified were deleted.

    Recommendation: The Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations and Logistics) should direct U.S. Army Europe, Mainz, and Wiesbaden housing officials to reassess both Wiesbaden's and Mainz's 5-year housing acquisition plans to determine that planned construction or leasing is properly justified.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Army

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: By message, dated May 2, 1987, the Army reaffirmed that families separated from service members, who decline local affordable economy quarters, are not to be included in the calculation of new housing requirements.

    Recommendation: The Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations and Logistics) should review the existing policy and practice of including in the calculation of new housing requirements families separated from service members in Europe who decline local economy housing when government economy quarters are not available.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Army

 

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