Military Housing: Privatization Off to a Slow Start and Continued Management Attention Needed: NSIAD-98-178

July 1998
GAO Reports;7/17/1998, p1
Government Document
The Defense Department (DOD) is counting on privatization to remedy the poor condition of military housing, but an initiative to encourage private sector financing, ownership, and maintenance of military housing is off to a slow start. Two years have passed since the new authorities were signed into law, yet no new agreements have been finalized to build or renovate military housing. More than a dozen projects are being considered; however, only one project is close to signing. Among other concerns, GAO questions whether privatization will yield significant cost savings and cautions that the length of many proposed privatization projects--50 years--may actually increase the risk of unneeded housing or poorly maintained properties.


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