Services Failed to Check Backgrounds of Civilians in Military Housing, IG Finds

Services Failed to Check Backgrounds of Civilians in Military Housing, IG Finds

Installation officials failed to conduct complete background checks on a majority of civilians who applied to live in family housing projects at two of three bases studied by the DOD Inspector General.

“As a result, DOD assumed an unnecessary safety and security risk to military personnel, their dependents, civilians and assets,” the Inspector General found.

The office reviewed records at Fort Detrick, Md.; Barksdale Air Force Base, La.; and Naval Station Mayport, Fla. As the occupancy rate of privatized housing projects drops, housing managers are allowed to offer vacant units to other eligible tenants, including non-active-duty service members, military retirees and DOD civilians. The housing managers follow a priority system, with the public generally the last category of eligible tenants.

A total of 17 installations were leasing residences in privatized housing projects inside the gate to the general public as of August 2015 — five Army, seven Navy and five Air Force bases.

At Fort Detrick, none of the 26 tenants reviewed had undergone complete background checks; and at Barksdale, 93 of 95 tenants had incomplete or no background checks, reported Military Times. At Mayport, though, officials had conducted criminal background checks for six of seven tenants reviewed.

The office determined the oversight occurred because the Army and Air Force lacked guidance specifying what queries were needed to conduct background checks on the public.

The Inspector General also discovered that some of the tenants received access badges that did not expire when their leases ended, including some that exceeded the lease termination date by six months or more, according to the story.

Since the installations were made aware of the issue, officials completed background checks on all individuals in the audit who still living at the installations, said DOD Inspector General spokeswoman Kathie Scarrah.

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