Just as patients were arriving from the closing Walter Reed Army Medical Center, planners at the National Naval Medical Center learned to their frustration of delays in the planned building expansion due an over-burdened power grid, the Washington Examinerreported on Tuesday.
The local power station in Bethesda, Md., cannot handle any more capacity,the Defense Department said in an Aug. 16 letter to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich.
That unexpected news means the Pentagon must come up with $36.6 million to boost the grid before construction can proceed.
Charles S. Clark joined Government Executive in the fall of 2009. He has been on staff at The Washington Post, Congressional Quarterly, National Journal, Time-Life Books, Tax Analysts, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, and the National Center on Education and the Economy. He has written or edited online news, daily news stories, long features, wire copy, magazines, books and organizational media strategies.
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