WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The investigative arm of Congress has launched an inquiry into hazards faced by the occupants of housing on U.S. military bases and the oversight of those conditions by the armed services.
The Government Accountability Office review follows Reuters reports that detailed substandard conditions at U.S. military bases, including lead exposure and infestations of vermin and mold. The reports also described how military families encounter high hurdles to resolving disputes in a system that grants vast powers to private landlords who manage base housing across the United States.
GAO - Review - Lead - Poisoning - Perils
Initially, the GAO review was to focus on lead poisoning perils at military bases. A bipartisan Congressional agreement had mandated the agency investigate lead hazards. But now, an agency official told Reuters, the examination is expanding in scope.
“We are looking at all hazards, not just lead paint,” said Brian J. Lepore, the GAO’s director of defense capabilities and management. The agency is just beginning to review “the condition of the houses and oversight by the military departments,” he said.
Department - Defense - Request - Comment - Wednesday
The Department of Defense did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.
Military housing advocate Crystal Cornwall said she and other...
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