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House Approves Bill to Tighten Control on VA Construction

The bill responds to a multiyear debacle in Aurora, Colorado, where a hospital under construction is projected to cost $1.7 billion.

Thu February 11, 2016 - National Edition
Matthew Daly - ASSOCIATED PRESS


The bill, approved earlier this week on a voice vote, requires the VA to allow the Army Corps of Engineers or other federal agency to manage projects that cost more than $100 million.
The bill, approved earlier this week on a voice vote, requires the VA to allow the Army Corps of Engineers or other federal agency to manage projects that cost more than $100 million.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has approved a bill to increase oversight and management of large construction projects at the Department of Veterans Affairs after a new VA hospital outside Denver tripled original cost estimates.

The bill, approved earlier this week on a voice vote, requires the VA to allow the Army Corps of Engineers or other federal agency to manage projects that cost more than $100 million.

The bill responds to a multiyear debacle in Aurora, Colorado, where a hospital under construction is projected to cost $1.7 billion. Investigators blame overruns on multiple design changes and a decision by VA officials to use a complicated contract process they didn't fully understand.

Republican lawmakers call the project a symptom of the VA's overall dysfunction.