Elizabeth A. Field, director of defense capabilities and management for the Government Accountability Office, testifies at a hearing on privatized military housing, December 3, 2019, on Capitol Hill. JOE GROMELSKI/STARS AND STRIPES
Elizabeth A. Field, director of defense capabilities and management for the Government Accountability Office, testifies at a hearing on privatized military housing, December 3, 2019, on Capitol Hill. JOE GROMELSKI/STARS AND STRIPES

Defense officials used unreliable information in reports to Congress about military housing, GAO says

by Rose L. Thayer
Stars and Stripes

Data collected to determine the satisfaction of residents living in privatized military housing and the health of the homes available to them was deemed unreliable and potentially misleading by a Government Accountability Office report released Tuesday.

The Defense Department used the data in reports to Congress and to determine whether the 14 private companies managing base housing were eligible for bonus payouts.

“I’m trying to determine if I’ve been accidentally misled or intentionally misled,” Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., said Tuesday during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing at which the report’s author, Elizabeth Field, GAO’s director of defense capabilities and management, testified on her findings alongside top military leaders.

The report — titled “Military Housing Privatization: Preliminary Observations on DOD's Oversight of the Condition of Privatized Military Housing” — is part of ongoing research by the GAO. A final report, expected in early 2020, could offer recommendations on improving privatized military housing.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.609821

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