WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Mark Warner sent a letter to the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), demanding that the agencies present a plan to expedite the completion of outpatient VA medical facilities in Hampton Roads and Fredericksburg.
The letter comes after a report made by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of the Inspector General (IG) that revealed severely delayed completion times for a group of VA medical clinic projects from 2014.
View the full report below:
“I write to convey my serious concerns and frustrations with the glacial pace of two Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) lease procurement projects in the Commonwealth of Virginia: an outpatient clinic in Hampton Roads run by the General Services Administration (GSA) and an outpatient clinic in Fredericksburg run by the VA. I request that both the VA and the GSA work to expedite the timelines for both clinics to meet the urgent needs of our veterans, as well as present a plan to my office, outlining phases in the timeline that can be reduced,” wrote Sen. Warner.
The veteran population in Hampton Roads, one of the fastest-growing in the country, is anticipated to increase approximately 22 percent from 2017 to 2027.
There are plans to build two new VA clinics in the Commonwealth. Currently, both agencies have indicated that the completion of the clinics may take until 2023, more than 6 years after the leases were approved.
View Warner's letter below: