Navy Secretary Richard Spencer is pushing a plan to fully or partially privatize the lodging facilities used for official travel and by some service members during permanent change of station, Military Times reported, quoting from an internal memo.
One DOD source raised questions about timing – with the services scrambling to fix problems with privatized housing.
“Why would we use that model to privatize lodging?” the source said, according to the article.
Still, Spencer cites the “successes” of privatized housing for proposing the model.
“I am committed to realize similar successes by privatizing our lodging portfolio, both appropriated and non-appropriated, using competitive processes to create sustainable financial operations and improve the quality of these facilities,” he wrote.
Private management could start by the end of next year under Spencer’s approach.
Navy photo from Naval Station Newport, R.I., by MC2 Rawad Madanat