Overseas Housing Allowance Survey starts April 1

March 23, 2012

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Eligible U.S. service members in Germany will be able to participate in the 2012 Overseas Housing Allowance Utility/Recurring Maintenance Survey, which is scheduled April 1 through April 30.

All service members who have lived in a private lease dwelling under the OHA program in Germany for at least the past six months are eligible to take the on-line survey.

The Defense Travel Management Office uses data from the survey to determine the utility/recurring maintenance allowance for service members residing in the survey country.

Because accuracy is important, survey participants should use their records and receipts to help them report the average monthly cost of each of their utilities, as well as the average monthly cost of any routine maintenance expenses.

Participants may stop the survey at any time, for example to research costs or search for receipts, and start again where they left off.

The survey will be activated April 1 on the Defense Travel Web site. For more information, service members and their family members are encouraged to contact William Gordon at DSN: 370-3888.

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