Is Army Lodging Program Increasing Its Vulnerability to Security Threats, Committee Asks

The Senate Armed Services Committee directs DOD and the Army to review their policies regarding base access for persons using privatized lodging facilities to ensure that installations are not exposed to unnecessary security threats, according to the committee report accompanying the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill passed last month.

The committee said it supports the Privatization of Army Lodging (PAL) program but remains concerned that “some PAL hotels, in the interest of improving occupancy rates, may have provided lodging to persons who wouldn’t otherwise have access to the installation,” the report stated.

The lawmakers direct DOD and the Army to conduct a review to ensure that DOD policies regarding base access for persons using privatized lodging are being consistently and appropriately applied at all PAL locations. The report would be due Oct. 1, 2014.

At the same time, the committee applauded the service’s PAL program for eliminating inadequate lodging facilities. By the end of fiscal 2016, the Army expects to have privatized more than 41,000 rooms at 41 installations.

The committee report, S. 113-176, and bill text, S. 2410, are available from the committee website.


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