More than 86,000 residents live in privatized on-base housing, such as these houses at Fort Stewart, Ga. (U.S. ARMY)
More than 86,000 residents live in privatized on-base housing, such as these houses at Fort Stewart, Ga. (U.S. ARMY)

Report: Army officials did not understand their powers to oversee failing private military housing

by Corey Dickstein
Stars and Stripes

WASHINGTON — Top Army commanders and civilian leaders were not familiar with basic service policies governing their relationships with private companies running on-post housing, which contributed to the housing crisis at installations across the United States, an Inspector General’s report released Thursday determined.

Senior commanders, commanding generals and civilian directors of public works departments at 48 Army installations in the United States reported they did not receive “adequate” training on their powers to oversee privatized military housing on their installations, according to the new Army IG report. Investigators said Army officials at only one of 49 installations that they surveyed demonstrated proper knowledge of their oversight authorities and responsibilities. Officials at the rest reported “general confusion and frustration” about those powers.

Meanwhile, the local managers responsible for running those housing units also were unfamiliar with the Army policies and regulations, according to the report, which was the result of a seven-month investigation that spanned the Army’s largest posts across the continental United States, Hawaii and Alaska.

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