Army Housing:

Programming of Housing in Europe Exceeds Requirements

NSIAD-88-63: Published: May 18, 1988. Publicly Released: May 18, 1988.

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GAO reviewed the Army's: (1) planned housing projects for families and unaccompanied personnel in Europe; and (2) 5-year acquisition plan for installations with projects included in the fiscal year 1987 budget.

GAO found that the: (1) Army overstated its housing requirements in Europe because its surveys contained inaccurate information on the Army's long-term personnel strength, marriage factor computations, and availability of community housing assets; (2) Army's requirements improperly included non-command-sponsored families ineligible for government housing; (3) Army cancelled its planned acquisition of about 200 family units in Frankfurt because it had a surplus of over 400 units; (4) Army incorrectly estimated a housing deficit of over 1,000 units in Hanau, Nuernberg, and Mainz; (5) Army did not comply with Department of Defense (DOD) requirements to utilize private rentals; (6) Army cancelled its proposed $24.3 million housing projects for unaccompanied personnel because of errors in its data; and (7) Army established new procedures for estimating family housing requirements in Europe.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Army issued instructions for AAA or IG review of housing requirements.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Army should require an independent review of the documentation for military family and unaccompanied personnel housing requirements in Europe to ensure accuracy and compliance with the DOD instructions. Until such a review is initiated, the Secretary should direct the Army in Europe to program its housing at less than 100 percent of anticipated needs.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Army

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: Instructions were issued to exclude non-command-sponsored families from housing requirements.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Army should modify the family housing instructions for overseas locations to exclude non-command sponsored families from family housing requirement calculations.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Army


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