Overseas Housing Allowance Survey begins Tuesday

HEIDELBERG, Germany — Eligible U.S. Army in Europe Soldiers will soon be asked via e-mail to participate in the 2011 Overseas Housing Allowance Utility/Recurring Maintenance Survey, scheduled to begin Tuesday.

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 online survey.

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

This year, each service member eligible to take the survey will receive a unique web link to the survey, as well as detailed instructions, at the e-mail address shown for the individual in the military pay system.

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.

For more information, service members and their family members are encouraged to contact their unit personnel office.

(Courtesy of HQ U.S. Army Europe)