B-169926 c CI Dear Senator Pell: In accordance with your request of May 22, 1970, we began a review of the need for the proposed construction of 200 Am- ily housing units at Newport w..w faar-.&--T’f y-&-i s ab 1 e TwFv Naval Base, e-r )““““-~‘-“” Newport, Rhode Island. to s’?%“$end our work until com- pletion of the 1971 family housing survey, which the base was making at the time, We discussed the proposed approach with your Office and it was found acceptable. The new housing survey showed a continued need for hous- ing . Early in June 1971, the- Commander, Newport Naval Base, transmitted a copy of the survey results to the Rhode Island Builders Association which had written to you. The Associa- tion questioned the need to build the 200 units and requested an investigation. The’Association, in its reply to the base commander, endorsed the need for the 200 units but recommended that they be built for enlisted pers,gUngel, It acknowledged the exis- tence of a tij$?!“‘~h%“using market in Newport but did not accept the results of the%y’s”<urvey of family housing require- ments. The Association believed that the Navy survey require- ments were excessive and disagreed with the methodology of the survey. In view of the Association’s endorsement of the ZOO-unit project, we agreed with your Office to meet with Association i offici.als to ascertain what further work, if any, was expected J of us. I At an October 8, 1971, meeting, Association officials stated that it would not be necessary for us to expend addi- tional audit time since they had no objection to the planned Government-owned family housing program for Newport Naval Base. i They felt 9 however, that formal market studies should be used 2 by the Department of Defense in deciding whether additional on-base housing is needed at specific locations. They later furnished us with a copy of sections of a publication prepared by housing marketing consultants in conjunction with the Mar- keting Departmcnt:.of the National Association of Home RuiIders. L;OTH ANNIVFRSARY 19’)?- 1971 B-169926 We periodically review the policies, procedures, and prac- tices followed by the Department of Defense in determining fam- ily housing requirements. The next such review is scheduled for 1972. At that time we plan to consider whether the type of market studies suggested by the Association might help the De- partment of Defense to improve the determination of housing needs. Unless you deem otherwise, we plan no further action on this matter m We will be pleased to provide you with copies of any reports resulting from our next review of military family housing requirements. Comptroller General of the United States The Honorable Claiborne Pell United States Senate
Review of the Need for the Proposed Construction of 200 Family Housing Units at Newport Naval Base, Newport, Rhode Island
Published by the Government Accountability Office on 1971-12-13.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)