GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) Military Housing Privatization Initiative, focusing on DOD's efforts to: (1) measure progress to date; (2) assess issues associated with privatizing military housing; and (3) determine whether the new initiative is being integrated with other elements of DOD's housing programs.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of Defense||1. The Secretary of Defense should expedite the Housing Revitalization and Support Office's effort to develop a standardized methodology for comparing life-cycle costs of proposed privatization projects with military construction alternatives. This action should include establishing and monitoring milestones for the development and implementation of the methodology.|
|Department of Defense||2. The Secretary of Defense should expand the directive to the services concerning their plans for eliminating inadequate housing. Specifically, the Secretary should direct the services to prepare detailed, integrated housing plans that will: (1) describe their plans for improving their housing requirements determination processes; (2) demonstrate how they will attempt to maximize their reliance on community housing in accordance with DOD's stated policy; and (3) outline improvements in housing referral services. The plans should also include analyses of the estimated impact of the new housing allowance program on the availability of housing in local communities and show how housing allowances, traditional military construction, and the privatization initiative will be used in concert to meet DOD's housing needs in the most economical manner. Each service plan should include estimated milestones for achieving the goals of the plan.|
|Department of Defense||3. The Secretary of Defense should establish a mechanism to promote more effective coordination between the offices responsible for housing allowances and housing management.|