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Bills to Transfer Control of VA Construction Introduced in Congress

Thursday, April 30, 2015  
Representative Mike Coffman (R‐CO) has introduced legislation in the House that would remove the Office of Construction & Facilities Management (CFM) of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as the construction manager of the VA’s major construction projects and replace it with the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Most immediately, the bill would extend the time for the VA to complete the replacement of the VA medical center in Denver and would remove the VA as the construction manager for the medical center in Aurora, Colorado and turn it over to the Army Corps. Going forward, the Army Corps must negotiate an agreement with the Secretary of Veterans Affair to carry out all future construction of major medical facilities. The CFM is the entity that currently executes all VA projects over $10 million. Senator Cory Gardner (R‐CO) will introduce the bill in the Senate.

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) supports the concept of transfer of CFM’s function over to another agency with a well‐qualified record of construction management. While this may not be the exact bill that AGC would seek, it will start the discussion in Congress. SFAA and NASBP have expressed support of the AGC’s efforts in this area. The General Accountability Office (GAO) has documented the VA’s cost overruns and delays and the difficulties that contractors have in dealing with the agency over the course of many years.

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