WEST POINT — An inspector general’s report released Friday recommended 20 steps to begin correcting shortcomings in privatized military housing at West Point and many other bases.

Sen. Chuck Schumer had urged the Army to expedite the release of the report, and he praised the Department of Defense for doing so.

Among the recommendations Schumer and housing advocates had pushed for that were included in the inspector general’s recommendations were increasing housing staff nationwide, and establishing a tenant’s bill of rights to increase oversight and accountability of companies that run the privatized housing.

“Releasing this report is an important and necessary step for the Army to rebuild trust within its communities and to take the actions needed to bring all its privatized housing stock into top-flight condition,” Schumer said in a statement.

A focused inspection of more than two dozen homes at West Point last November found nine had visible mold, 14 had the potential for water intrusion, and some had clogged gutters and standing water around their foundations.

There are 825 privatized homes at West Point.

The inspector general’s report found there was inadequate training of public works and housing staff, and some senior and garrison commanders and residents were unaware of feedback mechanisms to identify housing issues.

The report recommended formalizing resident community associations to better address housing concerns, and developing a communications plan at each location to inform residents of mechanisms available to them to resolve their concerns.

Standardizing housing policies at all installations, periodic compliance inspections, renegotiating agreements with housing companies to ensure financial transparency, and maintaining a hotline to respond to soldiers’ and families’ housing concerns also were recommended.

mrandall@th-record.com