VA Construction Projects in Administration’s Infrastructure Initiative

June 14, 2017

VA Aims to Unsnarl $1.4B in Delayed Projects

Source: Engineering News-Record, Tom Ichniowski, June 5, 2017US Department of Veteran Affairs

Veterans Affairs Dept. and Corps of Engineers plan awaits approval

The Dept. of Veterans Affairs is seeking congressional approval for a plan to get moving on $1.4 billion in major construction projects that have been stalled because of differences in funding projects at VA and at the Army Corps of Engineers—which is handling design and construction for VA at those delayed projects.

More broadly, VA also is studying what to do about its hundreds of vacant or underused facilities.

Dr. David Shulkin, confirmed in February as the VA’s new secretary, told reporters in a May 31 White House briefing that 11 VA projects have been held up because the VA and the Corps “still are trying to work through very difficult processes and interpretation of appropriation rules.”

Shulkin, a physician by training, added, “We’re waiting for congressional approval on a joint proposal to move forward, which would allow these projects to move ahead.”

VA said in a June 5 response to ENR questions that its request was to the Appropriations Committees and relates to multi-phase projects. It added, “This request was necessary due to differences in the way VA’s projects and [Army Corps] projects are funded.”  READ MORE….

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