AGC of America Calls for Transfer of VA Construction Management

AGC of America has issued a white paper calling for transfer of construction management duties currently exercised by the Office of Construction and Facilities Management at the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs. In the paper, AGC notes that it has never before “called for the removal of a federal construction agency from managing its own construction program.” The paper references more than 20 GAO reports since 1981 citing major cost overruns on large VA projects. AGC offers to form a working group “to further articulate a thoughtful transition of the VA’s major construction program to the best qualified federal construction agency.” AGC’s own News & Views states that “not every AGC member agrees with this position.” Although not mentioned in the paper, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the likely target recipient of this responsibility.