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.
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.
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.
The Corps supports the Minneapolis VA Medical Center with design and construction oversight. The Corps has supported VISN 23 in construction oversight, design-build services and new master planning services.
In fiscal year 2021 project agreements included award and supervision and administration of three contracts at the Minneapolis VA for parking lot, windows, and exterior walls.
In fiscal year 2022 we are supporting both the Minneapolis and the St. Cloud, Minnesota, VA medical facilities for construction and design support. Type of projects include, window upgrades, roads and grounds, and utility infrastructure upgrades.
Economy Act, 31 U.S.C. 1535(b)
FY 2021 Agreements $5,239,000
FY 2022 Agreements (estimated) $12,300,000