Acting Air Force Secretary: Tenant Bill of Rights Almost Ready

Acting Air Force Secretary Matt Donovan speaks at a Sept. 17 Air Force Town Hall alongside Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein (pictured at right) and his wife, Dawn, as well as Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth Wright and his wife, Tonya. Staff photo by Mike Tsukamoto.

The Defense Department’s tenant bill of rights is “just about ready to” be released, Acting Air Force Secretary Matt Donovan told airmen at a Sept. 17 Air Force town hall at AFA’s 2019 Air, Space & Cyber Conference.

“We’ve been working closely with the project owners and the privatized housing managers and with Congress because they’re very interested in this as well,” Donovan said.

The Air Force’s plan to get Congressional backing for such a document was first reported by Reuters in February, and a draft version of the joint document was released March 6. Donovan said the military’s four service secretaries have also been meeting with project owners once each quarter to “kind of go over what we feel they should be doing in order to fulfill their obligations on their side of it,” so that they can subsequently ensure the Pentagon provides “the appropriate oversight at the housing management offices.”

While he said improving privatized housing is “not a one and done,” he said the Air Force will keep a focus on it to ensure the health and safety of the airmen residing on base.