02.23.15

Gardner Demands Hearing at Denver VA Facility

Washington, D.C. – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he is leading a letter with Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) urging the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee to organize a visit and site hearing at the Eastern Colorado Health Care System Replacement Facility, also known as the Denver Replacement Facility. Construction of the Denver Replacement Facility has been plagued by management and financial issues, including a $400 million overrun from the original contract price.

The U.S. Civilian Board of Contract Appeals found that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) failed to meet its contractual obligations, and incorrectly designed a project costing more than one billion dollars. The Board also found that the VA did not have sufficient funds to pay for construction, had no plans to request additional resources, and owed the contractor over $150 million in past costs. A solution allowing for the satisfactory completion of the facility has not been reached.

“The VA has failed Colorado veterans over and over again, and this mismanagement of the construction of the Denver Replacement facility is just the latest example,” Gardner said. “It is critical that the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee organizes a visit and a site hearing at the facility to gain a better understanding of how the VA’s failures are harming Colorado veterans. I urge them to come to Denver, and I will do everything I can to come up with a solution that protects taxpayers, gets this project completed, and, most importantly, provides the 700,000 veterans in the Rocky Mountain region the world-class care that they deserve.”

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