The top civilian in charge of Navy bases and housing is resigning

Elizabeth Howe
March 11, 2019 - 1:18 pm
Mrs. Phyllis Bayer

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Amidst a tidal wave of controversy regarding the conditions of military housing, the top civilian in charge of Navy housing has submitted her resignation. 

Phyllis Bayer, assistant secretary of the Navy (ASN) for Energy, Installations, and Environment announced Friday that she will be retiring from government and pursuing other opportunities. 

"While Navy leadership has been recently evaluating options with this portfolio due to competing priorities, the Secretary of the Navy remains fully committed to the role and responsibilities. The Department has begun an active search for an equally qualified candidate to become the next ASN EI&E," the official statement from the Navy reads.

Just last week, top Pentagon officials officially apologized for the appalling conditions in military housing. Force-wide housing inspections have commenced in the hopes of resolving these issues. 

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Bayer held the position for a little over a year, according to USNI News. Recently, several of her military construction projects have landed on the chopping block to fund border wall construction. 

“I lack any definitive guidance to understand the full potential impacts of how this would play out,” Bayer said during a House Appropriations Committee hearing on the construction budget. 

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