Army Needs to Help Communities Understand Impact of Privatized Lodging, Panel Says

The owners of hotels outside military installations that have privatized lodging are concerned the on-post facilities could gain an unfair competitive advantage, according to the report of the House Appropriations Committee accompanying its fiscal 2015 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill.

Their concern stems from the possibility that hotels developed under the Privatized Army Lodging (PAL) program could be made available to the general public while also benefitting from hotel stays made by soldiers who are traveling.

The committee said it is “very concerned that the Army has not been as forthcoming when communicating with local communities regarding economic and related impacts of such facilities.”

As a result, the lawmakers direct the Army to craft a plan to better reach out and communicate with communities about the impacts of new and existing lodging facilities. The report would be due within 90 days after the spending bill is enacted.

The committee report is available on its website. The panel approved its draft FY 2015 milcon spending bill last week.

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