The Washington Times reports that a Veterans’ Affairs project to build a new hospital in Denver to treat veterans there is an example of everything that is wrong with government projects;
The budget for the facility was first estimated at $328 million in 2004, but now that has more than doubled to $800 million in 2012 — with the potential for even more increases still.
And the time frame has grown along with the cost, pushed back more than a year to where completion currently stands at May 2015.
“VA’s primary contractor on the project has expressed concerns that the project will ultimately cost more to complete and that a completion date of May 2015 is no longer realistic based on schedule delays,” said Lorelei St. James, the director for physical infrastructure issues for the Government Accountability Office.
Although it may be the best example of incompetence, it doesn’t stand alone;
The troubles at the Denver project are not unique. In 2013, the GAO estimated that the VA’s four largest construction projects — in Colorado and three other sites — were each on average $366 million over budget and 35 months behind schedule.
Glenn Haggstrom, the VA official in charge of the department’s construction, said the agency has been improving how it handles large building projects.
The VA has been “handling” building projects since forever, and they’re just now getting around to improving how they handle the projects? But it takes them all of these taxpayer dollars to refine their practices. If this isn’t indicative of my contention over the last five years that there is no leadership at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, I don’t know what would convince you. They’re killing patients, inept at building facilities, buried under claims, but they throw lavish parties, pay lavish bonuses, clapping themselves on their backs for their gross incompetence.
Fire Shinseki, and hire someone who will kick these boobs’ asses and get back to the business of serving veterans instead of the bureaucrats.
Category: Veterans' Affairs Department