H.R. 2646 (112th): Veterans Health Care Facilities Capital Improvement Act of 2011

112th Congress, 2011–2013. Text as of Jul 26, 2011 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2646

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 26, 2011

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

A BILL

To authorize certain Department of Veterans Affairs major medical facility projects and leases, to extend certain expiring provisions of law, and to modify certain authorities of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Veterans Health Care Facilities Capital Improvement Act of 2011.

2.

Authorization of fiscal year 2012 major medical facility projects

The Secretary of Veterans Affairs may carry out the following major medical facility projects in fiscal year 2012, with each project to be carried out in the amount specified for each project:

(1)

Construction of seismic corrections for Building 100 at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, in an amount not to exceed $51,800,000.

(2)

Construction of seismic corrections and renovation of various buildings to include Building 209 for housing facilities for homeless veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in West Los Angeles, California, in an amount not to exceed $35,500,000.

3.

Modification of authorization for certain major medical facility construction projects previously authorized

(a)

Modification of authorization of fiscal year 2007 major medical facility project at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas

Section 803(3) of the Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006 (Public Law 109–461) is amended—

(1)

by inserting and a parking garage after clinical addition; and

(2)

by striking $56,163,000 and inserting $90,600,000.

(b)

Modification of extension of authorization for major medical facility construction project in Orlando, Florida, previously authorized in connection with capital asset realignment initiative

Section 802(11) of the Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006 (Public Law 109–461), as amended by section 702(b)(4) of the Veterans' Mental Health and Other Care Improvements Act of 2008 (Public Law 110–387; 122 Stat. 4137), is amended by inserting , including a Simulation, Learning, Education, and Research Network Center, after Florida, area.

(c)

Increase in amount of authorization of fiscal year 2008 major medical facility project at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Palo Alto, California

The Secretary of Veterans Affairs may carry out the major medical facility project at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Palo Alto, California, for which amounts were appropriated under chapter 3 of title I of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 (Public Law 110–252; 122 Stat. 2326) under the heading Construction, Major Projects under the heading Department of Veterans Affairs in an amount not to exceed $716,600,000.

(d)

Increase in amount of authorization of fiscal year 2009 major medical facility project at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Section 701(3) of the Veterans' Mental Health and Other Care Improvements Act of 2008 (Public Law 110–387; 122 Stat. 4137) is amended by striking $225,900,000 and inserting $277,000,000.

(e)

Increase in amount of authorization of fiscal year 2007 major medical facility project at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, St. Louis, Missouri

Section 803(5) of the Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006 (Public Law 109–461) is amended by striking $69,053,000 and inserting $346,300,000.

4.

Authorization of fiscal year 2012 major medical facility leases

The Secretary of Veterans Affairs may carry out the following fiscal year 2012 major medical facility leases at the locations specified, in an amount not to exceed the amount shown for that location:

(1)

Columbus, Georgia, Community-Based Outpatient Clinic, in an amount not to exceed $5,335,000.

(2)

Fort Wayne, Indiana, Outpatient Clinic, in an amount not to exceed $2,845,000.

(3)

Mobile, Alabama, Outpatient Clinic, in an amount not to exceed $6,565,000.

(4)

Rochester, New York, Outpatient Clinic, in an amount not to exceed $9,232,000.

(5)

Salem, Oregon, Community-Based Outpatient Clinic, in an amount not to exceed $2,549,000.

(6)

San Jose, California, Outpatient Clinic, in an amount not to exceed $9,546,000.

(7)

South Bend, Indiana, Outpatient Clinic, in an amount not to exceed $6,731,000.

(8)

Springfield, Missouri, Community-Based Outpatient Clinic, in an amount not to exceed $6,489,000.

5.

Authorization of appropriations

(a)

Authorization of appropriations for construction

There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for fiscal year 2012 or the year in which funds are appropriated for the Construction, Major Projects account $87,300,000 for the projects authorized in section 2.

(b)

Modification of authorization for certain major medical facility construction projects previously authorized

There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for fiscal year 2012 or the year in which funds are appropriated for the Construction, Major Projects account $850,070,000 for the projects authorized in section 3.

(c)

Authorization of appropriations for medical facility leases

There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for fiscal year 2012 or the year in which funds are appropriated for the Medical Facilities account $49,292,000 for the leases authorized in section 4.

(d)

Limitation

The projects authorized in sections 2, 3, and 4 may only be carried out using—

(1)

funds appropriated for fiscal year 2012 pursuant to the authorization of appropriations in subsection (a) of this section;

(2)

funds available for Construction, Major Projects, for a fiscal year before fiscal year 2012 that remain available for obligation;

(3)

funds available for Construction, Major Projects, for a fiscal year after fiscal year 2012 that remain available for obligation;

(4)

funds appropriated for Construction, Major Projects, for fiscal year 2012 for a category of activity not specific to a project;

(5)

funds appropriated for Construction, Major Projects, for a fiscal year before 2012 for a category of activity not specific to a project; and

(6)

funds appropriated for Construction, Major Projects, for a fiscal year after 2012 for a category of activity not specific to a project.

6.

Modification of requirements relating to congressional approval of certain medical facility acquisitions

Section 8104 of title 38, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in subsection (b)—

(A)

in paragraph (1)—

(i)

by striking detailed description and inserting detailed estimate of the total costs;

(ii)

by striking a description of the consideration and inserting a detailed report of the consideration; and

(iii)

by adding at the end the following: “Such detailed estimate shall include an identification of each of the following:

(A)

Total construction costs.

(B)

Activation costs.

(C)

Special purpose alterations (lump-sum payment) costs.

(D)

Number of personnel.

(E)

Total costs of ancillary services, equipment, and all other items.

;

(B)

by striking paragraphs (2) and (3) and redesignating paragraphs (4) through (8) as paragraphs (2) through (6), respectively;

(C)

in paragraph (2), as so redesignated, by striking a five-year period and a ten-year period and inserting a five-year period, a ten-year period, and a twenty-year period;

(D)

in paragraph (3), as so redesignated, by inserting before the period at the end the following: , including information on projected changes in workload and utilization over a five-year period, a ten-year period, and a twenty-year period;

(E)

in paragraph (4), as so redesignated—

(i)

by striking Current and projected and inserting Projected; and

(ii)

by inserting before the period at the end the following: (including and identifying both recurring and non-recurring costs (including activation costs and total costs of ancillary services, equipment and all other items)) over a five-year period, a ten-year period, and a twenty-year period; and

(F)

in paragraph (6), as so redesignated—

(i)

by striking a description of each alternative to construction of the facility that was considered and inserting each of the following; and

(ii)

by adding at the end the following new subparagraphs:

(A)

A detailed estimate of the total costs (including total construction costs, activation costs, special purpose alterations (lump-sum payment) costs, number of personnel and total costs of ancillary services, equipment and all other items) for each alternative to construction of the facility that was considered.

(B)

A comparison of total costs to total benefits for each such alternative.

(C)

An explanation of why the preferred alternative is the most effective means to achieve the stated project goals and the most cost-effective alternative.

; and

(2)

in subsection (d)—

(A)

by striking major medical facility project each place it appears and inserting major construction project; and

(B)

in paragraph—

(i)

in subparagraph (A), by striking major medical facility projects and inserting major construction projects; and

(ii)

in subparagraph (B), by striking major medical facility and inserting major construction project.

7.

Name of Department of Veterans Affairs telehealth clinic, Craig, Colorado

The Department of Veterans Affairs telehealth clinic in Craig, Colorado, shall after the date of the enactment of this Act be known and designated as the Major William Edward Adams Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic. Any reference to such clinic in any law, regulation, map, document, record, or other paper of the United States shall be considered to be a reference to the Major William Edward Adams Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic.

8.

Extension of certain expiring authorities

(a)

Recovery audits for certain contracts

Section 1703(d)(4) of title 38, United States Code, is amended by striking September 30, 2013 and inserting September 30, 2020.

(b)

Treatment and rehabilitation for seriously mentally ill and homeless veterans

Section 2031(b) of such title is amended by striking December 31, 2011 and inserting December 31, 2018.

(c)

Additional services for seriously mentally ill and homeless veterans

Section 2033(d) of such title is amended by striking December 31, 2011 and inserting December 31, 2018.

(d)

Housing assistance for homeless veterans

Section 2041(c) of such title is amended by striking December 31, 2011 and inserting December 31, 2018.

(e)

Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans

Section 2066(d) of such title is amended by striking December 30, 2011 and inserting December 31, 2018.

(f)

Authority To transfer real property

Section 8118(a)(5) of such title is amended by striking the date that is seven years after the date of the enactment of this section and inserting December 31, 2018.