Can Installations Accommodate Ride-Sharing Services, Committee Asks

Can Installations Accommodate Ride-Sharing Services, Committee Asks

With the rise in rid-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft in recent years, the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee believes the Pentagon should revisit its rules regarding installation access to accommodate the use of these services by military personnel and civilians, according to directed report language included in its portion of the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill.

DOD has not issued guidance as to how ride-sharing services should gain access to installations, the panel states.

The panel acknowledges that drivers and occupants of ride-sharing vehicles without authorized identification cards or installation passes should be treated the same as other visitors to installations in terms of complying with visitor screening protocols.

However, the panel “believes more clear guidance from the Department of Defense may be necessary to assist installation commanders in their efforts to balance installation security and accommodate ride sharing services for the benefit of military personnel and civilians on their installations.”

The report language directs the undersecretary of defense for intelligence to brief the Armed Services Committee by Feb. 1, 2017, on the rationale behind the department’s decision not to update its guidance on installation access to cover ride-sharing services. The briefing also should address:

  • existing authorities to accommodate ride-sharing services at DOD facilities; and
  • the level of engagement DOD has had with the ride-sharing industry, including any options discussed to provide more consistent access procedures across all defense installations.

The subcommittee’s mark is available on the Armed Services Committee website.

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