Improved Dormitory Use at USAFE Bases Will Reduce Off-Base Housing Costs

PLRD-83-22: Published: Dec 20, 1982. Publicly Released: Dec 20, 1982.

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GAO assessed the United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) dormitory use at three bases in Germany and ways to reduce off-base housing costs.

GAO found that, contrary to Department of Defense (DOD) instructions and Air Force regulations, base commanders at two bases housed no more than two junior enlisted personnel in dormitory rooms that should house three. One base commander, subsequently, revised this practice so that newly assigned junior enlisted personnel were placed in available dormitory space. Further, GAO found that an estimated 800 assigned unaccompanied junior enlisted personnel at three bases were living off base and receiving monthly cash allowances when on-base dormitory space was available. GAO estimated that $1.3 million could be saved annually at the three bases if their dormitory space were rated and used appropriately.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Air Force should rerate dormitory space at Hahn Air Force Base in accordance with DOD and Air Force criteria to accommodate the maximum number of junior enlisted personnel.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Air Force

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Air Force should ensure that furniture on order, to enable the assignment of three junior enlisted personnel to rooms in dormitories at Hahn and Spangdahlem, is expeditiously obtained and used for that purpose.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Air Force

  3. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Air Force should instruct the Commander in Chief, USAFE, to direct the base commanders at Hahn, Bitburg, and Spangdahlem to assign personnel now living off base to the resulting available on-base dormitory spaces as soon as economically feasible.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Air Force

 

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