Veterans Affairs Asset and Infrastructure Review Act: Timeline and Funding [December 17, 2021] [open pdf - 1MB]
From the Background: "The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides health care services through the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) for approximately 9.21 million enrolled veterans at 1,389 VA sites of care. [...] [A] new Commission on Care was established by VACAA [Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014] 'to examine the access of veterans to health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs and strategically examine how best to organize the [VHA], locate health resources, and deliver health care to veterans.' In its final report, it recommended that the VA 'develop and implement a robust strategy for meeting and managing VHA's facility and capital asset needs.' Within this context, the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs (HVAC) began to examine VA's capital asset program in the summer of 2017. [...] Based on input and recommendations from various stakeholders, the VA Asset and Infrastructure Review Act (AIR Act) of 2017 (H.R. 4243) was introduced in the 115th Congress. [...] The remainder of this report provides an overview of the AIR Act (as Title II of the MISSION [Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks] Act was labeled) and then discusses in greater detail how recommendations for the modernization and realignment of VHA's real property portfolio are developed, approved (or disapproved), and implemented under the act. The report then provides data on VA real property funding FY2017- FY2022 and concludes with policy considerations related to real property data quality and portfolio decisions at VA."
CRS Report for Congress, R46992
Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/