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H.R. 4590 (114th): Fiscal Year 2016 Department of Veterans Affairs Seismic Safety and Construction Authorization Act


The text of the bill below is as of May 10, 2016 (Reported by House Committee).


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Union Calendar No. 421

114th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4590

[Report No. 114–545]

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 23, 2016

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

May 10, 2016

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed

Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic

For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on February 23, 2016


A BILL

To authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out certain major medical facility projects for which appropriations are being made for fiscal year 2016, and for other purposes.


1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Fiscal Year 2016 Department of Veterans Affairs Seismic Safety, Construction, and Leases Authorization Act.

2.

Authorization of certain major medical facility projects of the Department of Veterans Affairs

(a)

Authorization

The Secretary of Veterans Affairs may carry out the following major medical facility projects, with each project to be carried out in an amount not to exceed the amount specified for that project:

(1)

Seismic corrections to buildings, including retrofitting and replacement of high-risk buildings, in San Francisco, California, in an amount not to exceed $175,880,000.

(2)

Seismic corrections to facilities, including facilities to support homeless veterans, at the medical center in West Los Angeles, California, in an amount not to exceed $100,250,000.

(3)

Seismic corrections to the mental health and community living center in Long Beach, California, in an amount not to exceed $282,100,000.

(4)

Construction of an outpatient clinic, administrative space, cemetery, and columbarium in Alameda, California, in an amount not to exceed $83,782,000.

(5)

Realignment of medical facilities in Livermore, California, in an amount not to exceed $188,650,000.

(6)

Construction of a replacement community living center in Perry Point, Maryland, in an amount not to exceed $92,700,000.

(7)

Seismic corrections and other renovations to several buildings and construction of a specialty care building in American Lake, Washington, in an amount not to exceed $13,830,000.

(b)

Authorization of appropriations for construction

There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for fiscal year 2016 or the year in which funds are appropriated for the Construction, Major Projects, account, $937,192,000 for the projects authorized in subsection (a).

(c)

Limitation

The projects authorized in subsection (a) may only be carried out using—

(1)

funds appropriated for fiscal year 2016 pursuant to the authorization of appropriations in subsection (b);

(2)

funds available for Construction, Major Projects, for a fiscal year before fiscal year 2016 that remain available for obligation;

(3)

funds available for Construction, Major Projects, for a fiscal year after fiscal year 2016 that remain available for obligation;

(4)

funds appropriated for Construction, Major Projects, for fiscal year 2016 for a category of activity not specific to a project;

(5)

funds appropriated for Construction, Major Projects, for a fiscal year before fiscal year 2016 for a category of activity not specific to a project; and

(6)

funds appropriated for Construction, Major Projects, for a fiscal year after fiscal year 2016 for a category of activity not specific to a project.

3.

Submission of information

Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, for each project authorized in section 2(a), the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall submit to the Committees on Veterans’ Affairs of the House of Representatives and the Senate the following information:

(1)

A line item accounting of expenditures relating to construction management carried out by the Department of Veterans Affairs for such project.

(2)

The future amounts that are budgeted to be obligated for construction management carried out by the Department for such project.

(3)

A justification for the expenditures described in paragraph (1) and the future amounts described in paragraph (2).

(4)

Any agreement entered into by the Secretary regarding the Army Corps of Engineers providing services relating to such project, including reimbursement agreements and the costs to the Department of Veterans Affairs for such services.

4.

Authorization of major medical facility leases

The Secretary of Veterans Affairs may carry out the following major medical facility leases at the locations specified, and in an amount for each lease not to exceed the amount shown for such location (not including any estimated cancellation costs):

(1)

For an outpatient clinic, Ann Arbor, Michigan, an amount not to exceed $17,093,000.

(2)

For an outpatient mental health clinic, Birmingham, Alabama, an amount not to exceed $6,971,000.

(3)

For an outpatient specialty clinic, Birmingham, Alabama, an amount not to exceed $10,479,000.

(4)

For research space, Boston, Massachusetts, an amount not to exceed $5,497,000.

(5)

For research space, Charleston, South Carolina, an amount not to exceed $6,581,000.

(6)

For an outpatient clinic, Daytona Beach, Florida, an amount not to exceed $12,664,000.

(7)

For Chief Business Office Purchased Care office space, Denver, Colorado, an amount not to exceed $17,215,000.

(8)

For an outpatient clinic, Gainesville, Florida, an amount not to exceed $4,686,000.

(9)

For an outpatient clinic, Hampton Roads, Virginia, an amount not to exceed $18,124,000.

(10)

For research space Mission Bay, California, an amount not to exceed $23,454,000.

(11)

For an outpatient clinic, Missoula, Montana, an amount not to exceed $7,130,000.

(12)

For an outpatient clinic, Northern Colorado, Colorado, an amount not to exceed $8,776,000.

(13)

For an outpatient clinic, Ocala, Florida, an amount not to exceed $5,279,000.

(14)

For an outpatient clinic, Oxnard, California, an amount not to exceed $6,297,000.

(15)

For an outpatient clinic, Pike County, Georgia, an amount not to exceed $5,757,000.

(16)

For an outpatient clinic, Portland, Maine, an amount not to exceed $6,846,000.

(17)

For an outpatient clinic, Raleigh, North Carolina, an amount not to exceed $21,607,000.

(18)

For an outpatient clinic, Santa Rosa, California, an amount not to exceed $6,498,000.

5.

Monthly reports on status of major medical facility projects

(a)

Reports required

For each month that begins after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report on the status of each major medical facility project authorized under section 2. Each such report shall include, for each project covered by the report, information about the status of the design and procurement planning, contract modification management, and cost escalation of the project.

(b)

Termination

The requirement to submit monthly reports under this section shall terminate on the date on which the Administrative Investigative Board of the Department of Veterans Affairs submits to Congress the report of the Administrative Investigative Board on the major medical facility project carried out at the Department medical center in Aurora, Colorado.

6.

Authorization of sale of Pershing Hall

Section 403 of the Veterans’ Benefits Programs Improvement Act of 1991 (Public Law 102–86; 38 U.S.C. 2400 note) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(f)

Authorization of sale

(1)

The Secretary may sell for fair market value Pershing Hall and transfer and convey to the purchaser all right, title, and interest of the United States in or to such property. The Secretary shall determine fair market value based on an independent assessment conducted by another department or agency of the Federal Government or a nongovernmental entity. The Secretary may only accept money as consideration for such sale.

(2)

If the Secretary sells Pershing Hall pursuant to paragraph (1), the Secretary shall return to the entity from which the United States acquired Pershing Hall pursuant to the Act of June 28, 1935, (Chapter 323; 49 Stat. 426) any personal property (including memorabilia regarding General Pershing and the American Expeditionary Forces in France during World War I) in the possession of the Department of Veterans Affairs as of the date of the enactment of this subsection that was located in Pershing Hall (or otherwise associated with Pershing Hall) on the date of such acquisition.

(3)

The funds received by the Secretary pursuant to the sale of Pershing Hall under paragraph (1) shall be deposited in the Construction, Major Projects account of the Department and be made available, without fiscal year limitation, for the purposes of such account.

(4)
(A)

Effective on the day after the date of the sale of Pershing Hall authorized under paragraph (1), the authority of the Secretary to carry out subsections (a), (b), (c), and (e) shall terminate except for purposes of carrying out paragraph (2) of this subsection.

(B)

Effective on the date that is one year after the date of the sale of Pershing Hall authorized under paragraph (1), the Pershing Hall Revolving Fund shall be abolished and the corpus of the fund, including accrued interest, shall be deposited in the Construction, Major Projects account of the Department and be made available, without fiscal year limitation, for the purposes of such account.

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May 10, 2016

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed