Ranking Member Waxman Requests Information on Land Use Agreements with West LA VA Campus

Jan 10, 2013

Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman sent letters to over 30 companies that have entered into land use agreements with the West Los Angeles VA campus over the past 13 years.  The letters request information on the nature and length of land use agreements, as well as a description of payments made to the West LA VA in conjunction with these agreements.  The West LA VA, the largest medical center in the VA system, serves 1.4 million veterans annually and has generated millions of dollars in revenue through leases and other land-use agreements in recent years.

“The VA has an obligation to dedicate any revenues generated from the use of its property to its core mission – the care of our nation’s veterans,” said Rep. Waxman.  “I am committed to ensuring that they abide by that obligation.  A full accounting of the revenue generated from these land use agreements is an important step for the VA to rebuild trust with veterans and the West LA community at large.  Moving forward, I will continue to push the VA on other key priorities, including speeding up construction of supportive housing, improving case management, and expanding outreach to homeless veterans.” 

In September, Rep. Waxman asked Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to provide updated information on current land use agreements.  The Department has not provided an adequate response to this request.

To read more about Rep. Waxman’s work on the West LA VA, click here.