A House panel voted last Wednesday to subpoena the Veterans Affairs Department for information on cost-overruns related to a $1 billion hospital construction project, as well as spending on artwork in VA facilities.
The Veterans’ Affairs Committee is seeking all unredacted evidentiary documents related to the construction of a new VA medical center in Aurora, Colo., which started in 2011 and was supposed to cost roughly $600 million. The project still isn’t done, and so far has cost more than $1 billion. The department already has provided the committee with “thousands of pages of documents,” including an unredacted copy of the VA’s final report from the Administrative Investigation Board, wrote Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson in an Aug. 19 letter to Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., who represents the district that is home to the construction project.
But many lawmakers, including Coffman and committee Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., do not believe the VA has been sufficiently transparent.