Roe Champions Amendment to Hold VA Officials Accountable
Amendment Prevents Performance Bonuses from Being Awarded at the VA’s Office of Construction and Facility Management
WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) introduced an amendment to H.R. 2029, the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. Roe’s amendment would prevent performance bonuses from being awarded at the VA’s Office of Construction and Facility Management (OALC). OALC is in charge of construction efforts on all VA projects over $10 million.
According to recent GAO testimony before the VA Committee, OALC has wasted billions of taxpayer dollars and delayed at least four projects a total of 14 years. The amendment passed on a voice vote.
Roe released the following statement after the amendment was agreed to:
“In January, the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee held a hearing to examine the enormous shortcomings of the OALC and found that construction of a VA hospital in Denver is projected to outpace its budget by one billion dollars. Can you imagine how many veterans the VA could have treated with a billion dollars? How many doctors and nurses could have been hired with the billion dollars that VA’s Office of Construction and Facilities Management has set fire to? The answer is a lot.
“The Denver project is not an isolated incident. The OALC has a track record of mismanagement and inefficiency. If this is the performance we should expect, the VA really has no business being in the construction industry. Further, these employees should not receive performance bonuses. This amendment will ensure taxpayers do not pay for performance bonuses for an office that has caused more harm than good.”You can read the full text of H.R.2029 here.