I-TEAM UPDATE: Ossoff adds pressure to ensure safety on post
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Our I-TEAM has an exclusive update on the investigation into military housing at Fort Gordon.
Senator Jon Ossoff is putting more pressure on the Army to make sure every home on post is safe.
We received a copy of the letter Ossoff sent to the Pentagon, specifically to Rachel Jacobson, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations.
READ THE LETTER:
In it, he references a meeting the two had in June where he requested leaders conduct unit-by-unit inspections to “determine the nature and extent of any outstanding maintenance, health, and safety issues.”
MORE THAN A DECADE OF I-TEAM COVERAGE:
- Fort Gordon housing contractor collects millions in bonuses
- New housing has same old problems at Fort Gordon, families say
- Fort Gordon housing investigation
- Ossoff returns to Fort Gordon to announce progress
- Families share stories on Fort Gordon housing problems
- Fort Gordon housing investigation could bring consequences
- Fort Gordon housing provider pleads guilty to fraud scheme
- How military families feel about housing settlement
- 10 years later, we hear from the private company that provides housing on Fort Gordon
- Mold, filth linger in Fort Gordon housing, investigators find
- U.S. Army kept in the dark about many issues, employee says
- Asking about Balfour Beatty complaints only raises more questions
- Some companies still fail to address safety issues in military housing
In this letter, he repeats that request. Earlier in 2022, Senator Ossoff, as chair of the Senate PSI Committee, wrapped up his investigation into unsafe and potentially even criminal conditions at Fort Gordon at the hands of Balfour Beatty. That’s the private company in charge of housing on post and more than 50 U.S. military installations.
He presented his findings at a hearing in Washington D.C. where his report cited our I-TEAM investigation multiple times.
For more than a decade, we’ve also exposed problems in homes at Fort Gordon.
The day after that hearing, Jacobson launched another investigation at Fort Gordon.
That is still ongoing. Still no word on any findings so far.
There’s another reason for this letter. Senator Ossoff closes by saying he wants an update on what the Army has found.
We’ll let you know if or when the Army responds.
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