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What GAO Found Congress enacted the Military Housing Privatization Initiative (hereafter, the privatized family housing program) to improve the quality of housing for service members and their families, which had been owned and managed by the Department of Defense (DOD).
What GAO Found Since privatizing its domestic on-base hotels, referred to as lodging, the Army has made a variety of improvements, including the replacement of lodging facilities with newly constructed hotels (see fig.).
What GAO Found This is a public version of a sensitive report that GAO issued in February 2021. Much of the business and financial information in GAO's February 2021 report has been omitted because it was deemed sensitive by DOD.
What GAO Found In 1996 Congress provided DOD with authorities enabling it to obtain private-sector financing and management to repair, renovate, construct, and operate military housing. DOD has since privatized about 99 percent of its domestic housing.
What GAO Found The Department of Defense (DOD) has established a process to determine basic allowance for housing (BAH) rates, which help cover the cost of suitable housing in the private sector for servicemembers.
What GAO Found The Department of Defense (DOD) has regularly assessed the financial condition of its privatized housing projects; however, it has not used consistent measures or consistently assessed future sustainment (that is, the ability to maintain the housing in good condition), or issued required...