VA Health Care:

Selection of a Planned Medical Center in East Central Florida

HRD-93-77: Published: Mar 1, 1993. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 1993.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) decision to build a medical center in Orange County, Florida, rather than pursue a joint venture with one of the services.

GAO found that: (1) VA did not adequately support its site selection process; (2) the Orange County site would increase the government's overall construction and operating costs; (3) the selection process was inconsistent with the selection criteria VA announced in 1988; (4) the March 1992 VA study recommending the preferred site was defective; (5) the site in North Viera, Florida, would lower the cost to the government, since it would be a joint venture with the Air Force to replace or renovate an existing hospital; (6) VA consideration of additional sites caused a 3-year delay in the VA medical center's construction schedule and added almost $80 million to its costs; and (7) joint ventures with the Air Force in North Viera and the Navy in Orlando would reduce medical care costs and improve services for all concerned participants.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Secretary of Veterans Affairs concurred with this recommendation and, on March 4, 1993, changed the location of the medical center to a site in Brevard County, Florida.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Veterans Affairs should reconsider the site selection for the east central Florida VA medical Center.

    Agency Affected: Department of Veterans Affairs


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