Federal investigators find ‘gross mismanagement,’ tripled cost for Aurora VA hospital

VA hospital under construction in Aurora.

VA hospital under construction in Aurora.

AURORA, Colo. – Federal investigators say that “gross mismanagement,” delays, and lax oversight by the Department of Veterans Affairs added millions of dollars to the cost of the Aurora VA hospital.

The report from the Office of Inspector General, released on Wednesday, said that former senior VA official, Glenn Haggstrom knew that project would go over budget, but didn’t tell lawmakers that when he testified before Congress in 2013 and 2014.

LINK: Read the full report from the Office of Inspector General

The hospital remains under construction and is expected to cost nearly $1.7 billion, nearly triple the estimate in 2014.