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Senate confirms McDonald as new VA secretary

Jul. 29, 2014 - 04:51PM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments
President Obama Nominates Robert McDonald To Lead
The Senate has unanimously confirmed Robert McDonald to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs. (Getty Images)

The Senate confirmed Robert McDonald to be the new head of the Veterans Affairs Department in a unanimous vote July 29.

Widespread reports of falsified wait lists and improper scheduling practices leading to the deaths of veterans sparked an inspector general investigation, massive news coverage and a flurry of legislation that forced former secretary Eric Shinseki to resign. (See related story.)

Deputy secretary Sloan Gibson has been serving as the acting secretary. McDonald was previously the chairman and CEO of Procter & Gamble.

Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, said McDonald has his work cut out for him as the VA recovers from the scandal.

“In order to be successful, McDonald will need to take swift and decisive action to discipline employees responsible for mismanagement, negligence and corruption that harms veterans while taking bold steps to replace the department’s culture of complacency with a climate of accountability.” Miller said in a statement.

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