Congressman Jack Kingston (GA-1) today called a meeting with Air Force leadership to highlight the need for action at Moody private housing. Kathy Ferguson, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, and her staff attended the meeting.
"This was a productive discussion," Congressman Kingston said. "The ball continues to inch forward and, while I wish we were moving in yards rather than inches, the forward motion is better than where we were before."
During the meeting, Congressman Kingston discussed the recently signed letter of intent that is the first step to getting the project back underway. While a provision within the letter restricts the involved parties from publicly releasing the letter,
"Getting all liens favorably resolved continues to be my goal but it doesn't look like that'll get done until this Fall," said Congressman Kingston. "I will continue pressing the need that all work, regardless of the bonded amount, be considered in resolving those liens."
Congressman Kingston urged the Air Force to create an informational hotline or ombudsman to answer questions for the subcontractors and to help them navigate through the process. The service would be able to give people the information they need in a timely fashion and without accumulating large legal bills.
The Air Force officials present in the meeting expressed their excitement with the Hunt Pinnacle group that has signed the letter of intent. Hunt, a member of the partnership, currently does twelve percent of the Department of Defense's privatized housing work and thirty-five percent of all Air Force projects.
Congressman Kingston stressed that if there has been criminal fraud, it will be uncovered by the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation.