The House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee is asking the Navy and Air Force for details on plans to consolidate and privatize their on-base lodging, according to report language in the panel’s mark of the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill. The subcommittee directs the services to brief it by March 1, 2019, on how they will “ensure holistic sustainability and affordability of their lodging programs.” The update should include details on capital investment needs to correct facility configuration and capacity deficiencies, how facilities will be adequately sustained over the long term, and the use of best practices designed to reduce government manpower and operational costs.
The lawmakers note their support for the Pentagon’s efforts to streamline its business operations, and say there is an opportunity to find savings in functions that no longer need individual military department approaches. They credit the Army’s effort to privatize its on-base lodging for upgrading facilities, improving the experience for travelers, saving money and establishing a self-sustaining program.
On Thursday, the subcommittee approved by voice vote its section of the authorization bill, reported CQ.
Army photo by David Vergun