• Services Need to Fully Assess Impact of Cutting Housing Allowances, GAO Recommends

    Services Need to Fully Assess Impact of Cutting Housing Allowances, GAO Recommends0

    A policy change implemented in 2015 that gradually reduced the rate of increase in service members’ basic allowance for housing (BAH) has affected the finances of some privatized housing projects, but DOD has not fully assessed the impact on the future sustainment of each project, according to a recent report from the Government Accountability Office

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  • Restricting Housing Allowance Would Have Unintended Consequences, Analyst Says0

    A Senate plan to reduce service members’ basic allowance for housing (BAH) payments in many cases, including for dual-service military families and single members living together, is misguided as it targets a benefit that service members consider part of their cash compensation, according to a top defense analyst. The change also could upset the housing market in defense communities, Todd Harrison, director of defense budget analysis at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, writes in an editorial in Politico. The proposal, included in the Senate version of the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill, would limit BAH payments to actual expenses for rent and utilities, preventing personnel from pocketing extra payments if they find less expensive housing …

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  • Senators Seek to Eliminate Policy Language Limiting Housing Allowance0

    Language in the Senate version of the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill that would reduce service members’ basic allowance for housing (BAH) payments in many cases, including for dual-service military families and single members living together, should not be included in the compromise version of the legislation, according to a bipartisan group of 18 senators. The Senate language would limit BAH payments to actual expenses for rent and utilities, preventing personnel from pocketing extra payments if they find less expensive housing. The existing system offers military members a flat payment based on their rank and location. But the Senate proposal also would cut the BAH for dual-military couples in half, to prevent each service member from receiving extra housing compensation …

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