VA THINKING OF CLOSING HUNDREDS OF FACILITIES NOT RELATED TO HEALTH - May 5, 2017
VA Considers Hundreds of Building Closures, but Focus Is Not on Medical Facilities
By Eric Katz, Government Executive
The Veterans Affairs Department has hundreds of unused or rarely-used buildings, the agency’s leader told Congress this week, saying he wants to work with lawmakers to unload them.
VA Secretary David Shulkin made waves Wednesday for comments during a House Veterans Appropriations Subcommittee hearing in which he said VA had identified more than 1,100 department-owned buildings that were either vacant or underutilized. Shulkin quickly clarified to stakeholders, however, he was referring primarily to non-medical buildings the department holds as part of its extensive nationwide network.