US Army Corps of Engineers
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Department of Veterans Affairs

Published Oct. 1, 2018
Updated: April 14, 2020
Purpose

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a customer of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the agencies have a national level interagency agreement in place for Interagency and International Support (IIS). The Corps’ support will fill a need for the VA regionally by providing rehabilitation and construction of health care facilities for veterans and their families.

Location

The VA has twenty-three health care networks. The Midwest Veterans Affairs Integrated Service Network, also known as VISN 23, serves more than 430,000 enrolled veterans and their families residing in the states of Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and portions of Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Description

Health care services in VISN 23 are delivered through an integrated system of eight hospitals, 63 community based outpatient or outreach clinics, eight community living centers and four domiciliary residential rehabilitation treatment programs. VISN 23 employs over 12,500 full-time employees and has an annual operating budget in excess of $2.5 billion. The remodeling and upgrades to these facilities will allow the VA to deliver those important services to veterans and their families.

Status

The Corps supports the Minneapolis VA Medical Center with design and construction oversight. The Corps has supported VISN 23 in Project Engineer/Manager training at their request.

Fiscal year 2020 project agreements include renovations to the Minneapolis VA hospital ward, parking lot, windows and exterior walls. The projects are currently underway for design-build contracts and design completion for the hospital ward.

Authority

Economy Act, 31 U.S.C. 1535(b)

Funding

Fiscal Year 2019 Agreements                      $5,690,000
Fiscal Year 2020 Agreements                         $390,000