No. 2 VA official visits Aurora veterans hospital work site

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AURORA |  The No. 2 official in the Veterans Affairs Department is making another visit to the site of the budget-busting VA hospital in Aurora.

VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson will meet with contractors and department officials Wednesday at the construction site in Aurora.

The medical center is expected to cost $1.7 billion, nearly triple the figure the VA gave in 2014. Completion is expected in January 2018. It will replace an aging hospital in Denver.

Investigators blamed the overruns on multiple design changes and a decision by VA officials to use a complicated contract process they didn’t fully understand.

Colorado lawmakers have repeatedly criticized the VA for not firing anyone over the problems. The VA says the executives responsible have already left department, and that others were transferred or demoted.

 

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