Accession Number : ADA314570

Title :   Military Family Housing Opportunities Exist to Reduce Costs and Mitigate Inequities.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL A FFAIRS DIV

PDF Url : ADA314570

Report Date : SEP 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 47

Abstract : The Department of Defense (DOD) spends about $8 billion annually to provide housing for military members and their families either by paying a cash allowance for members to live in private-sector housing or by assigning families to government-owned or -leased quarters. DOD policy states that private housing in the communities near military installations will be relied on as the primary source of housing and that government quarters may be programmed when the communities cannot meet the military's need for acceptable and affordable family housing. Also, government housing is provided for a small number of personnel that reside on an installation for reasons of military necessity. At the request of the former Chairman and Ranking Minority Member of the Subcommittee on Personnel, Senate Committee on Armed Services, GAO reviewed DOD's military family housing program in the United States to determine whether (1) DOD'S policy of relying primarily on private housing to meet military family housing requirements is cost-effective, (2) the military services are complying with this policy, and (3) DOD's family housing policies result in equitable treatment for all military families.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY PERSONNEL, *MILITARY FACILITIES, *POLICIES, *COST EFFECTIVENESS, *FAMILY MEMBERS, *HOUSING(DWELLINGS), MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), REQUIREMENTS, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, COMMUNITIES, MINORITIES, INVENTORY.

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Structural Engineering and Building Technology
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE