Congress: VA ‘Blasted on Construction Failures

Posted January 22, 2015 at 5:15am

Stars and Stripes reports that “in the latest black eye for the Department of Veterans Affairs, congressman grilled officials Wednesday over construction mismanagement that has cost the department hundreds of millions of dollars in overruns and delayed major projects by years.”  

“’It’s long past time for these projects, marred by bureaucratic ineptitude, to be complete,’ House Committee on Veterans Affairs Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) said during a hearing on VA construction problems.”  

“The hearing was prompted by several recent flaps over major projects, including a new VA medical center in the Denver suburb of Aurora, Colo., where a contractor walked off the project after major delays and hundreds of millions in cost overruns. A recent Government Accountability Office report found that, on average, the largest VA projects were three years late and $376 million over budget.”