PROBE POSSIBLE OF ALLEGED LIES BY VA OFFICIALS
The Justice Department is considering whether to investigate allegations that Veterans Affairs Department executives lied to Congress to conceal massive cost overruns at the $1.7 billion VA hospital under construction in Aurora.
The FBI’s Washington field office is reviewing the allegations, the Justice Department said in a letter to Congress. The letter was dated Friday and made public Tuesday.
The FBI is part of the Justice Department.
Lawmakers accuse VA executives of lying when they testified before the House Veterans Affairs Committee in 2013 and 2014 about the cost of the hospital. The current projected price tag is nearly triple the 2014 estimate.
VA officials had no immediate comment Tuesday.
A bipartisan group of 21 lawmakers on the Veterans Affairs Committee asked for an investigation in September. The request came after the VA’s internal watchdog office said the department’s former top official in charge of construction projects knew the hospital cost was soaring but didn’t tell Congress.