H.R. 3996 would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to use design-build procedures when awarding contracts to acquire new medical facilities of the department. In design-build contracts, one entity is selected to design and construct the facility. The bill also would require VA to certify that employees who are responsible for construction projects and facility management have been trained on the use of those selection procedures for construction contracts.
CBO estimates that updating the department’s policies on selecting contractors to design and build VA facilities would cost less than $500,000 over the 2020-2024 period, subject to the availability of appropriations.