Posts Tagged ‘Veterans Affairs’

Feb
2016
12

Congress Finally Takes Action on Mismanaged Veterans Affairs Projects; Door Opens for PLAs

Congress Finally Takes Action on Mismanaged Veterans Affairs Projects; Door Opens for PLAs
  In response to a long-running string of mismanaged Veterans Affairs (VA) construction projects across the country, the House of Representatives has passed a bill which would require the Army Corps of Engineers or another federal agency to manage any VA project with a price tag over $100 million.   In the past, we have [&hellip…;
Dec
2014
16

Veterans Affairs Facility in CO Proves Again How Abysmal the Agency is at Construction Work

Veterans Affairs Facility in CO Proves Again How Abysmal the Agency is at Construction Work
  A decision by the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals has halted construction on an over-budget, behind schedule Veterans Affairs facility near Denver, Colorado and brought to light a pattern of mismanagement by the agency.   Not unlike botched VA projects in Florida and Louisiana, the cost of constructing the facility in Aurora has…
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Feb
2014
10

Orlando VA Hospital Construction Continues to Flounder, Could Switch Hands, PLA Still Needed

  As we have written in the past, mismanagement stemming from the lack of a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) on the Veterans Affairs hospital job in Orlando has caused the project to teeter on the edge of tanking completely for some time.  Now, a plan to shift control of the project from the VA to [&hellip…;
Jul
2013
29

UPDATE: Disastrous Aurora, CO Veterans Affairs Project Could Lose Major Contractor

UPDATE: Disastrous Aurora, CO Veterans Affairs Project Could Lose Major Contractor
  Over the last month we have been reporting on the mishaps during construction of a new Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital in Aurora, Colorado. It is behind schedule and wildly over budget and has become the new posterchild for the VA’s refusal to use union labor and veteran hiring mandates.  Now, adding to the mess [&hellip…;
Jul
2013
22

CO Building Trades Rep Slams Aurora Veterans Affairs Project as “Criminal,” in Dire Need of a PLA

  Recently, we shed light on the cost overruns and other failures of the Aurora, Colorado Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital construction. The problems relate to an endemic refusal by the VA to use Project Labor Agreements (PLAs), despite their many advantages and guarantees, including a mandate for hiring military veterans into the construction…
Jul
2013
18

Another PLA-Free Veterans Affairs Project Falls Victim to Crummy Contractor, Is Under Investigation

  Another Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) project is stuck in its tracks after refusing to use a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for its construction.  This time, veterans in Butler County, Pennsylvania will be the victims of mismanagement. The VA has halted construction on the $75 million outpatient center to allow the federal government…
Jul
2013
8

Aurora, CO Is Home to Latest Failed Veterans Affairs Hospital that Should Have Used a PLA

Aurora, CO Is Home to Latest Failed Veterans Affairs Hospital that Should Have Used a PLA
  In the works since the late 1990’s, the Veterans Affairs Hospital proposed for Aurora, Colorado is now $200 million over budget and unlikely to be open in the Spring of 2015 as hoped.  After endless changes to the plans, construction ground was broken in 2009, yet construction did not begin until 2012.  With progress [&hellip…;