Family Housing

Mainz and Wiesbaden Requirements Overstated Gao ID: NSIAD-87-69 March 16, 1987

GAO reviewed the Army's housing acquisition plans for the Mainz and Wiesbaden military communities in West Germany to determine whether the Army: (1) actually needed all of the family housing units it planned to construct; and (2) considered all available local economy housing in justifying new housing acquisitions.

GAO found that the Army failed to: (1) consider the availability of housing in the adjacent Wiesbaden community when it planned the construction or lease of over 450 housing units in Mainz for fiscal years 1986 through 1991; (2) account for local economy housing when it planned to convert 96 units in Wiesbaden to apartments; or (3) adequately consider the availability of local economy housing in its overall assessment of Mainz and Wiesbaden housing needs. GAO also believes that the Army should consider those service families who decline economy housing to be voluntarily separated and, therefore, not in need of government housing.


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