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A building on the Sepulveda outpost of the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System appears to be used for office furniture storage. It hasn’t been used for veterans health care services since 1999. This building and another were leased out to a nonprofit in 2007—but the project A building on the Sepulveda outpost of the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System appears to be used for office furniture storage. It hasn’t been used for veterans health care services since 1999. This building and another were leased out to a nonprofit in 2007—but the project's on hold while the nonprofit looks for funding. Since then, VA's been paying $18,000 a year in security, maintenance and repairs. That doesn't include additional landscaping and exterior security costs.   

Department of Veterans Affairs spent more than $3.5 million on furniture day before shutdown

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) spent more than $3.5 million on furniture the day before the government shutdown, according to a Daily Caller analysis of government purchasing records.

VA spent $7,559,675 on September 30, the last day the government was fully operating before this month’s partial shutdown.

Federal government agencies faced a “spend it or lose it” scenario on that day, the last day of the 2013 fiscal year, prompting excessive spending binges as the White House and Congress failed to reach a continuing resolution agreement.

While Federal Prison Industries in Lexington, Kentucky and Milwaukee’s Industries for the Blind, Inc. pulled in some nice government receipts, the Department also showed off a little taste, making multiple six-figure furniture buys from JPL & Associates in Sarasota, Florida.

Hey, sometimes you just need to throw down $16,174 for ergonomic chairs from a company called Ergogenesis.

And who could scoff at a one-time order of $87,725 in “lounge seating and tables” from Arcadia Chair Company in La Palma, California?

If you ever find yourself in a VA waiting room, you just might be sitting on the products of Office Dimensions, Inc. in Teaneck, New Jersey.

VA also spent $828,176 on office supplies, $296,484 on cabinets, lockers, bins and shelving, $122,739 on draperies, awnings, and shades, $73,225 on books and pamphlets, and more than $2.5 million on other miscellaneous purchases. The department spent less than $4,000 on artwork, having already purchased $562,000 in artwork the previous week.

VA did not return requests for comment.

Allison Coyle contributed to this report. 

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