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     VETERANS HEALTH CARE FACILITIES CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2011

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Public Law 112-37
112th Congress

                                 An Act


 
   To authorize certain Department of Veterans Affairs major medical 
 facility projects and leases, to extend certain expiring provisions of 
  law, and to modify certain authorities of the Secretary of Veterans 
 Affairs, and for other purposes. <<NOTE: Oct. 5, 2011 -  [H.R. 2646]>> 

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: Veterans Health 
Care Facilities Capital Improvement Act of 2011. 38 USC 101 note.>> 
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS.

    (a) Short Title.--This Act may be cited as the ``Veterans Health 
Care Facilities Capital Improvement Act of 2011''.
    (b) Table of Contents.--The table of contents for this Act is as 
follows:

Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents.
Sec. 2. Authorization of fiscal year 2012 major medical facility 
           projects.
Sec. 3. Modification of authorization for certain major medical facility 
           construction projects previously authorized.
Sec. 4. Authorization of fiscal year 2012 major medical facility leases.
Sec. 5. Authorization of appropriations.
Sec. 6. Modification of requirements relating to congressional approval 
           of certain medical facility acquisitions.
Sec. 7. Limitation on authority of Secretary of Veterans Affairs to use 
           bid savings on major construction projects to expand purpose 
           of major medical facility projects.
Sec. 8. Name of Department of Veterans Affairs telehealth clinic, Craig, 
           Colorado.
Sec. 9. George H. O'Brien, Jr., Department of Veterans Affairs Medical 
           Center.
Sec. 10. Extension of certain expiring authorities.
Sec. 11. Authorization of appropriations for comprehensive service 
           programs for homeless veterans.
Sec. 12. Reauthorization of appropriations for financial assistance for 
           supportive services for very low-income veteran families in 
           permanent housing.
Sec. 13. Extension of grant program for homeless veterans with special 
           needs.
Sec. 14. Extension of specially adapted housing assistance for 
           individuals residing temporarily in housing owned by a family 
           member.
Sec. 15. Extension of funding fees.
Sec. 16. Notice and verification of the use of income information from 
           other agencies.
Sec. 17. Termination or reduction of certain benefits and services based 
           on income information obtained from other agencies.

SEC. 2. AUTHORIZATION OF FISCAL YEAR 2012 MAJOR MEDICAL FACILITY 
                    PROJECTS.

    The Secretary of Veterans Affairs may carry out the following major 
medical facility projects in fiscal year 2012, with each project to be 
carried out in the amount specified for each project:
            (1) Construction of seismic corrections for Building 100 at 
        the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Seattle, 
        Washington, in an amount not to exceed $51,800,000.
            (2) Construction of seismic corrections and renovation of 
        various buildings to include Building 209 for housing facilities 
        for homeless veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs

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        Medical Center in West Los Angeles, California, in an amount not 
        to exceed $35,500,000.
SEC. 3. MODIFICATION OF AUTHORIZATION FOR CERTAIN MAJOR MEDICAL 
                    FACILITY CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS PREVIOUSLY 
                    AUTHORIZED.

    (a) Modification of Authorization of Fiscal Year 2007 Major Medical 
Facility Project at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in 
Fayetteville, Arkansas.--Section 803(3) of the Veterans Benefits, Health 
Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-
461) <<NOTE: 120 Stat. 3444.>> is amended--
            (1) by inserting ``and a parking garage'' after ``clinical 
        addition''; and
            (2) by striking ``$56,163,000'' and inserting 
        ``$90,600,000''.

    (b) Modification of Extension of Authorization for Major Medical 
Facility Construction Project in Orlando, Florida, Previously Authorized 
in Connection With Capital Asset Realignment Initiative.--Section 
802(11) of the Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information 
Technology Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-461), <<NOTE: 120 Stat. 
3443.>> as amended by section 702(b)(4) of the Veterans' Mental Health 
and Other Care Improvements Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-387; 122 Stat. 
4137), is amended by inserting ``, including a Simulation, Learning, 
Education, and Research Network Center,'' after ``Florida, area''.

    (c) Increase in Amount of Authorization of Fiscal Year 2008 Major 
Medical Facility Project at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical 
Center in Palo Alto, California.--The Secretary of Veterans Affairs may 
carry out the major medical facility project at the Department of 
Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Palo Alto, California, for which 
amounts were appropriated under chapter 3 of title I of the Supplemental 
Appropriations Act, 2008 (Public Law 110-252; 122 Stat. 2326) under the 
heading ``construction, major projects'' under the heading ``DEPARTMENT 
OF VETERANS AFFAIRS'' in an amount not to exceed $716,600,000.
    (d) Increase in Amount of Authorization of Fiscal Year 2009 Major 
Medical Facility Project at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical 
Center, San Juan, Puerto Rico.--Section 701(3) of the Veterans' Mental 
Health and Other Care Improvements Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-387; 122 
Stat. 4137) is amended by striking ``$225,900,000'' and inserting 
``$277,000,000''.
    (e) Increase in Amount of Authorization of Fiscal Year 2007 Major 
Medical Facility Project at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical 
Center, St. Louis, Missouri.--Section 803(5) of the Veterans Benefits, 
Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-
461) <<NOTE: 120 Stat. 3444.>> is amended by striking ``$69,053,000'' 
and inserting ``$346,300,000''.
SEC. 4. AUTHORIZATION OF FISCAL YEAR 2012 MAJOR MEDICAL FACILITY 
                    LEASES.

    The Secretary of Veterans Affairs may carry out the following fiscal 
year 2012 major medical facility leases at the locations specified, in 
an amount not to exceed the amount shown for that location:
            (1) Columbus, Georgia, Community-Based Outpatient Clinic, in 
        an amount not to exceed $5,335,000.
            (2) Fort Wayne, Indiana, Outpatient Clinic, in an amount not 
        to exceed $2,845,000.

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            (3) Mobile, Alabama, Outpatient Clinic, in an amount not to 
        exceed $6,565,000.
            (4) Rochester, New York, Outpatient Clinic, in an amount not 
        to exceed $9,232,000.
            (5) Salem, Oregon, Community-Based Outpatient Clinic, in an 
        amount not to exceed $2,549,000.
            (6) San Jose, California, Outpatient Clinic, in an amount 
        not to exceed $9,546,000.
            (7) South Bend, Indiana, Outpatient Clinic, in an amount not 
        to exceed $6,731,000.
            (8) Springfield, Missouri, Community-Based Outpatient 
        Clinic, in an amount not to exceed $6,489,000.
SEC. 5. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

    (a) Authorization of Appropriations for Construction.--There is 
authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for 
fiscal year 2012 or the year in which funds are appropriated for the 
Construction, Major Projects, account $87,300,000 for the projects 
authorized in section 2.
    (b) Modification of Authorization for Certain Major Medical Facility 
Construction Projects Previously Authorized.--There is authorized to be 
appropriated to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for fiscal year 2012 
or the year in which funds are appropriated for the Construction, Major 
Projects, account $850,070,000 for the projects authorized in section 3.
    (c) Authorization of Appropriations for Medical Facility Leases.--
There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary of Veterans 
Affairs for fiscal year 2012 or the year in which funds are appropriated 
for the Medical Facilities account $49,292,000 for the leases authorized 
in section 4.
    (d) Limitation.--The projects authorized in sections 2, 3, and 4 may 
only be carried out using--
            (1) funds appropriated for fiscal year 2012 pursuant to the 
        authorization of appropriations in subsection (a) of this 
        section;
            (2) funds available for Construction, Major Projects, for a 
        fiscal year before fiscal year 2012 that remain available for 
        obligation;
            (3) funds available for Construction, Major Projects, for a 
        fiscal year after fiscal year 2012 that remain available for 
        obligation;
            (4) funds appropriated for Construction, Major Projects, for 
        fiscal year 2012 for a category of activity not specific to a 
        project;
            (5) funds appropriated for Construction, Major Projects, for 
        a fiscal year before 2012 for a category of activity not 
        specific to a project; and
            (6) funds appropriated for Construction, Major Projects, for 
        a fiscal year after 2012 for a category of activity not specific 
        to a project.
SEC. 6. MODIFICATION OF REQUIREMENTS RELATING TO CONGRESSIONAL 
                    APPROVAL OF CERTAIN MEDICAL FACILITY 
                    ACQUISITIONS.

    Section 8104 of title 38, United States Code, is amended--
            (1) in subsection (b)--
                    (A) in paragraph (1)--

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                          (i) by striking ``detailed description'' and 
                      inserting ``detailed estimate of the total 
                      costs'';
                          (ii) by striking ``a description of the 
                      consideration'' and inserting ``a detailed report 
                      of the consideration''; and
                          (iii) by adding at the end the following: 
                      ``Such detailed estimate shall include an 
                      identification of each of the following:
                    ``(A) Total construction costs.
                    ``(B) Activation costs.
                    ``(C) Special purpose alterations (lump-sum payment) 
                costs.
                    ``(D) Number of personnel.
                    ``(E) Total costs of ancillary services, equipment, 
                and all other items.'';
                    (B) by striking paragraphs (2) and (3) and 
                redesignating paragraphs (4) through (8) as paragraphs 
                (2) through (6), respectively;
                    (C) in paragraph (2), as so redesignated, by 
                striking ``a five-year period and a ten-year period'' 
                and inserting ``a five-year period, a ten-year period, 
                and a twenty-year period'';
                    (D) in paragraph (3), as so redesignated, by 
                inserting before the period at the end the following: 
                ``, including information on projected changes in 
                workload and utilization over a five-year period, a ten-
                year period, and a twenty-year period'';
                    (E) in paragraph (4), as so redesignated--
                          (i) by striking ``Current and projected'' and 
                      inserting ``Projected''; and
                          (ii) by inserting before the period at the end 
                      the following: ``(including and identifying both 
                      recurring and non-recurring costs (including 
                      activation costs and total costs of ancillary 
                      services, equipment and all other items)) over a 
                      five-year period, a ten-year period, and a twenty-
                      year period''; and
                    (F) in paragraph (6), as so redesignated--
                          (i) by striking ``a description of each 
                      alternative to construction of the facility that 
                      was considered.'' and inserting ``each of the 
                      following:''; and
                          (ii) by adding at the end the following new 
                      subparagraphs:
                    ``(A) A detailed estimate of the total costs 
                (including total construction costs, activation costs, 
                special purpose alterations (lump-sum payment) costs, 
                number of personnel and total costs of ancillary 
                services, equipment and all other items) for each 
                alternative to construction of the facility that was 
                considered.
                    ``(B) A comparison of total costs to total benefits 
                for each such alternative.
                    ``(C) An explanation of why the preferred 
                alternative is the most effective means to achieve the 
                stated project goals and the most cost-effective 
                alternative.''; and
            (2) in subsection (d)--
                    (A) by striking ``major medical facility project'' 
                each place it appears and inserting ``major construction 
                project''; and

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                    (B) in paragraph (2)--
                          (i) in subparagraph (A), by striking ``major 
                      medical facility projects'' and inserting ``major 
                      construction projects''; and
                          (ii) in subparagraph (B), by striking ``major 
                      medical facility'' and inserting ``major 
                      construction project''.
SEC. 7. LIMITATION ON AUTHORITY OF SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS 
                    TO USE BID SAVINGS ON MAJOR CONSTRUCTION 
                    PROJECTS TO EXPAND PURPOSE OF MAJOR MEDICAL 
                    FACILITY PROJECTS.

    Section 8104(d)(2) of title 38, United States Code, as amended by 
section 6, is further amended by adding at the end the following new 
subparagraph:
    ``(C) <<NOTE: Notice.>> The Secretary may not obligate an amount 
under subparagraph (A) to expand the purpose of a major construction 
project except pursuant to a provision of law enacted after the date on 
which the Secretary submits to the committees described in subparagraph 
(B) notice of the following:
            ``(i) The major construction project that is the source of 
        the bid savings.
            ``(ii) The major construction project for which the 
        Secretary intends to expand the purpose.
            ``(iii) A description of such expansion of purpose.
            ``(iv) The amounts the Secretary intends to obligate to 
        expand the purpose.''.
SEC. 8. NAME OF DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS TELEHEALTH CLINIC, 
                    CRAIG, COLORADO.

    (a) Designation.--The Department of Veterans Affairs telehealth 
clinic in Craig, Colorado, shall after the date of the enactment of this 
Act be known and designated as the ``Major William Edward Adams 
Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic''.
    (b) References.--Any reference in any law, regulation, map, 
document, record, or other paper of the United States to the clinic 
referred to in subsection (a) shall be considered to be a reference to 
the ``Major William Edward Adams Department of Veterans Affairs 
Clinic''.
SEC. 9. GEORGE H. O'BRIEN, JR., DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS 
                    MEDICAL CENTER.

    (a) Designation.--The Department of Veterans Affairs medical center 
located in Big Spring, Texas, shall after the date of the enactment of 
this Act be known and designated as the ``George H. O'Brien, Jr., 
Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center''.
    (b) References.--Any reference in any law, regulation, map, 
document, record, or other paper of the United States to the Department 
of Veterans Affairs medical center referred to in subsection (a) shall 
be considered to be a reference to the ``George H. O'Brien, Jr., 
Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center''.
SEC. 10. EXTENSION OF CERTAIN EXPIRING AUTHORITIES.

    (a) Recovery Audits for Certain Contracts.--Section 1703(d)(4) of 
title 38, United States Code, is amended by striking ``September 30, 
2013'' and inserting ``September 30, 2020''.
    (b) Homeless Veterans Reintegration Programs.--Section 2021(e)(1)(F) 
of such title is amended by striking ``2011'' and inserting ``2012''.

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    (c) Treatment and Rehabilitation for Seriously Mentally Ill and 
Homeless Veterans.--Section 2031(b) of such title is amended by striking 
``December 31, 2011'' and inserting ``December 31, 2012''.
    (d) Additional Services for Seriously Mentally Ill and Homeless 
Veterans.--Section 2033(d) of such title is amended by striking 
``December 31, 2011'' and inserting ``December 31, 2012''.
    (e) Housing Assistance for Homeless Veterans.--Section 2041(c) of 
such title is amended by striking ``December 31, 2011'' and inserting 
``December 31, 2012''.
    (f) <<NOTE: Extension.>>  Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans.--
Section 2066(d) of such title is amended by striking ``December 30, 
2011'' and inserting ``December 31, 2012''.

    (g) Authority To Transfer Real Property.--Section 8118(a)(5) of such 
title is amended by striking ``the date that is seven years after the 
date of the enactment of this section'' and inserting ``December 31, 
2018''.
SEC. 11. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS FOR COMPREHENSIVE SERVICE 
                      PROGRAMS FOR HOMELESS VETERANS.

    Section 2013 of title 38, United States Code, is amended--
            (1) by striking ``subchapter'' and all that follows through 
        the period at the end and inserting the following: ``subchapter 
        amounts as follows:''; and
            (2) by adding at the end the following new paragraphs:
            ``(1) $150,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2007 through 
        2009.
            ``(2) $175,100,000 for fiscal year 2010.
            ``(3) $217,700,000 for fiscal year 2011.
            ``(4) $250,000,000 for fiscal year 2012.
            ``(5) $150,000,000 for fiscal year 2013 and each subsequent 
        fiscal year.''.
SEC. 12. REAUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS FOR FINANCIAL 
                      ASSISTANCE FOR SUPPORTIVE SERVICES FOR VERY 
                      LOW-INCOME VETERAN FAMILIES IN PERMANENT 
                      HOUSING.

    (a) In General.--Subsection (e) of section 2044 is amended--
            (1) in paragraph (1), by adding at the end the following new 
        subparagraph:
            ``(D) $100,000,000 for fiscal year 2012.''; and
            (2) in paragraph (3), by striking ``2011'' and inserting 
        ``2012''.

    (b) Technical Amendment.--Paragraph (1) of such subsection is 
further amended by striking ``carry out subsection (a), (b), and (c)'' 
and inserting ``carry out subsections (a), (b), and (c)''.
SEC. 13. EXTENSION OF GRANT PROGRAM FOR HOMELESS VETERANS WITH 
                      SPECIAL NEEDS.

    Section 2061(c)(1) of title 38, United States Code, is amended by 
striking ``2011'' and inserting ``2012''.
SEC. 14. EXTENSION OF SPECIALLY ADAPTED HOUSING ASSISTANCE FOR 
                      INDIVIDUALS RESIDING TEMPORARILY IN HOUSING 
                      OWNED BY A FAMILY MEMBER.

    Section 2102A(e) of title 38, United States Code, is amended by 
striking ``2011'' and inserting ``2012''.

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SEC. 15. EXTENSION OF FUNDING FEES.

    Section 3729(b)(2) of title 38, United States Code, is amended by 
striking ``October 1, 2011'' each place it occurs and inserting 
``November 18, 2011''.
SEC. 16. NOTICE AND VERIFICATION OF THE USE OF INCOME INFORMATION 
                      FROM OTHER AGENCIES.

    Section 5317(g) of title 38, United States Code, is amended by 
striking ``September 30, 2011'' and inserting ``November 18, 2011''.
SEC. 17. TERMINATION OR REDUCTION OF CERTAIN BENEFITS AND SERVICES 
                      BASED ON INCOME INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM 
                      OTHER AGENCIES.

    (a) Title 38.--Section 5317A(d) of title 38, United States Code, is 
amended by striking ``September 30, 2011'' and inserting ``November 18, 
2011''.
    (b) Social Security Act.--Section 453(j)(11)(G) of the Social 
Security Act (42 U.S.C. 653(j)(11)(G)) is amended by striking 
``September 30, 2011'' and inserting ``November 18, 2011''.

    Approved October 5, 2011.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 2646:
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HOUSE REPORTS: No. 112-209 (Comm. on Veterans' Affairs).
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 157 (2011):
            Sept. 20, considered and passed House.
            Sept. 23, considered and passed Senate.

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