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  • VA barely makes subpoena deadline on Aurora Hospital project
    Posted in In the News on October 5, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    The Department of Veterans Affairs made its required report after the close of business on the deadline day in relation to its Aurora hospital project, though its status is unclear. “As of now, we have not determined if this CD complies with [the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee] issued subpoena,” U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman’s congressional office said in an email. The VA had been subpoenaed for the thousands of pages of supporting documentation detailing the Aurora VA hospital construction project’... Read more

  • Enough foot-dragging by VA on Aurora hospital reporting
    Posted in In the News on September 30, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    What an odd battle the Department of Veterans Affairs continues to wage over releasing information meant to explain the massive cost overruns at its Aurora hospital still under construction. The latest development is that, despite being handed a subpoena from Congress, VA officials are still withholding information that could prove useful in getting to the bottom of how the Aurora facility blew past its expected price by more than a billion dollars. This week, VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson tu... Read more

  • Coffman Applauds Provision to Cover IVF for Veterans
    Posted in Press Releases on September 29, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (CO-06) today issued the following statement on his “yes” vote on the Continuing Resolution, which included language to cover In vitro fertilization (IVF) for veterans with service-connected reproductive injuries: “Our nation's veterans who cannot otherwise conceive due to service-connected injuries, without question, deserve the chance to start a family,” Coffman said. “Earlier this year, I was moved by Army Cpl. Tyler Wilson's dream to start a family with his ... Read more

  • VA offers partial response to Congress, leaves big questions unanswered
    Posted in In the News on September 29, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Responding to a subpoena request from Congress, the Department of Veterans Affairs this week turned over some — but not all — of its investigative findings into a Colorado hospital that blew its construction budget by more than $1 billion. The documents, which include the transcripts of 18 interviews previously off-limits to lawmakers, could provide new clues about why the unfinished medical complex in Aurora saw its price jump from $604 million to about $1.7 billion. But congressional aides sai... Read more

  • VA Fails to Fully Comply with Subpoena
    Posted in Press Releases on September 29, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Washington, DC -- Today, U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (CO-06), Chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, said the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) failed to fully comply with the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs (HVAC) subpoena which required the VA to turn over thousands of pages of supporting documentation from the VA’s Administrative Investigation Board (AIB) report detailing the causes of Aurora, Colorado VA hospital construction project’s delays and cost overruns. Read more

  • End the VA suicide hotline’s busy signal
    Posted in In the News on September 27, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Fumbling the phone call of a suicidal veteran reaching out to a hotline for help is an unthinkable failure on the long list of dangerous mistakes perpetrated by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Ensuring that veterans teetering on the brink are not met with a busy signal or a voice message when they call a phone number established solely to keep them from falling seems like a fairly basic responsibility. But it’s one that the VA seems incapable of accomplishing. The Associated Press revealed o... Read more

  • U.S. lawmakers formally request perjury probe over Aurora VA hospital
    Posted in In the News on September 23, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    DENVER — A bipartisan group of lawmakers formally asked the U.S. Justice Department Thursday to investigate whether Veterans Affairs Department executives lied to Congress to conceal massive cost overruns at a Denver-area hospital. Twelve Republicans and nine Democrats on the House Veterans Affairs Committee made the request in a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch. “It is an absolute fact that numerous VA officials repeatedly misled Congress regarding cost overruns related to the replaceme... Read more

  • Lawmakers want perjury investigation over costly Aurora VA hospital; COFFMAN: ‘He lied’
    Posted in In the News on September 22, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    | Federal prosecutors should investigate whether a former Veterans Affairs Department executive committed perjury when he testified about the cost of a new Aurora VA hospital, which is more than $1 billion over budget, members of Congress said. Florida Rep. Jeff Miller, chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, and Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., said Wednesday the Justice Department should investigate Glenn Haggstrom’s statements to Congress in 2013 and 2014. The VA’s internal watchdog rel... Read more

  • IG finds mismanagement, possible perjury in case of new VA hospital
    Posted in In the News on September 22, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Leaders behind a plan for a new Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Aurora, Colo., agreed to a grandiose design and ignored repeated, early warnings about the costs, driving it into financial failure, according to a report issued Wednesday. The VA’s internal watchdog released findings from a yearlong investigation of the Aurora hospital, which has taken 20 years to develop and is expected to cost $1.7 billion – more than double the budget approved for the facility before breaking ground i... Read more

  • Coffman Calls for Criminal Referrals Following VA OIG Report Release
    Posted in Press Releases on September 21, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) today wrote a letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (VAOIG) regarding criminal referrals following the release of the VAOIG Report on the Denver replacement medical center in Aurora, Colorado. Coffman’s full letter can be read here. VAOIG’s full report titled, Review of the Replacement of the Denver Medical Center, Eastern Colorado Health Care System can be read here. “I am writing to follow-up on the April 6, 2016 le... Read more

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