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VA Construction: Improved Processes Needed to Monitor Contract Modifications, Develop Schedules, and Estimate Costs

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Technical Report

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U.S. Government Accountability Office Washington United States

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Why GAO Did This Study.VA has 26 ongoing medical-facility construction projects intended, for example, to provide improved care to veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq. GAO has previously reported on VAs weaknesses in managing major projects. Congress continues to have questions about VAs project management practices and mandated that VA outsource to other federal entities the design and construction of certain ongoing projects and future projects costing 100 million or more.In response to a 2016 defense authorization, this report assesses 1 VAs actions since 2013 to address challenges managing projects costing 100 million or more and 2 opportunities for improvements in managing these projects, particularly VAs medical facility in Denver, CO, the only project outsourced to USACE that is under construction. GAO reviewed reports on VA management of projects, interviewed VA and USACE officials, and visited five projects to compare their management to VA policies and procedures. Selected projects include the most costly, those in various stages of construction and projects managed by VA and USACE. GAO also analyzed the estimated cost and schedule of the Denver project for adherence to best practices.

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  • Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies
  • Economics and Cost Analysis

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