FLAG VOICE 363
Commencing with Assignment Year 2013 (AY13) Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders, all members assigned to duty stations outside of the continental United States will be required to reside in government-controlled quarters when available and suitable. Government-controlled quarters include Coast Guard-owned, Department of Defense, and Department of State housing available through inter-service support agreements. This policy renewal is focused both on our responsibility for the welfare of our Coast Guard families and our responsibility to be good financial stewards. In many overseas locations, government housing provides security and community benefits not available “outside the fence.” From a resource stewardship perspective, the Coast Guard cannot afford to continue to pay overseas housing allowances, while allowing suitable government housing to remain vacant. Effectively employing government-controlled quarters is the right thing to do for our people and for our service.
Additionally, and very soon, the CG-1223/CG-43 staffs will receive Area Commander input to the National Housing Assessment (NHA) divestiture plan. Upon completion of the analysis of a right-sized housing inventory at our more than 100 owned-housing sites within the continental United States (CONUS), I intend to promulgate policy mandating the use of government-controlled housing where it is available, suitable, and makes good business sense.
As a result of the recently completed NHA, we now have a clear picture of the state of housing throughout the Coast Guard. The NHA has identified locations with surplus housing, sites with health and safety concerns, and places where we have homes that are in generally poor condition. The Coast Guard continues to review and act on the NHA’s findings divesting surplus homes, repairing sub-standard homes, and acquiring new homes in critical locations. CG-4 and the Shore Infrastructure Logistics Center are diligently working to provide us with the right number of homes, in the right locations, in the right condition. The closer we get to an optimum housing inventory, the more important it is that we ensure our homes are occupied.
This is a significant change to housing occupancy policy that has been in place for several years, and I seek your support in communicating this change to our people. Assignment officers have already begun the conversation with members contemplating an overseas PCS assignment during AY13. Details of the OCONUS housing policy will be announced in an upcoming ALCOAST. Any questions about the policy can be directed to Ms. Melissa Fredrickson, Chief of Housing Programs (CG-1223), at Melissa.M.Fredrickson@uscg.mil.
Rear Admiral D. A. Neptun
D. A. NEPTUN
Rear Admiral, USCG
Assistant Commandant for Human Resources
Issue date: 11/26/12