Will Review of VA’s Capital Assets Be Return of BRAC?

By Sandra Basu

WASHINGTON—The chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs has called for a “top-to-bottom review” of all VHA capital assets.

“Rather than continuing to invest valuable resources on infrastructure that in many cases is long past its prime, we need to take an objective view of all VA medical facilities and smartly plan for where and how we can divest of buildings and property that are no longer needed and more importantly for where and how we can grow to ensure that VA medical facilities remain strong assets in communities across the country,” Chairman Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) said.

Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN), the chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, has called for a “top-to-bottom review” of all VHA capital assets. Here, he is shown during a recent unannounced visit to DC VA medical center to discuss the facility. Photo from House Committee on Veterans Affairs.

Roe made his comments at a committee hearing last month on VA’s capital assets, noting that “a capital asset review and realignment, free of political influence is critical to ensuring that the VA healthcare system remains strong and sustainable.”

What to do with outdated and unused VA buildings has been a question at the forefront in recent months after VA Secretary David Shulkin announced the agency has identified 430 individual vacant buildings it plans to demolish or set for reuse over the next 24 months.

In addition, the agency plans to review another 784 nonvacant but underutilized buildings to determine whether additional efficiencies can be identified to be reinvested in veterans’ services.

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