Demoted to Private: America's Military Housing Disaster

Number 24010
Subject Military
Source Seattle Post-Intelligencer
State WA
Year 2008
Publication Date 08/07/2008; 08/08/2008
Summary Political patronage, the zeal to privatize and a failure at background checks led to a disaster for taxpayers and military families in Pentagon housing programs in six states. All three branches of the service gave 8,000 military houses and billion-dollar contracts to a company headed by a politically-connected Texan involved in a messy bankruptcy and a Connecticut property management firm that had been previously suspended from HUD housing projects because it diverted millions to its own uses.
Category Contest Entry
Pages 25
Keywords military; housing; privatization; Pentagon; government contracts; corporate abuse; whistle-blower
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