Late Breaking News
Senior VA Official Resigns
WASHINGTON, DC—The VA announced today that VA Deputy Secretary W. Scott Gould is stepping down from his position.
VA Secretary Eric Shinseki praised Gould in a written statement.
“A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Scott has fought to improve the lives of his fellow veterans, and we’ve worked together to make long-term, transformational changes to the department,” he said. “Because of his leadership and his insight from both the public and private sectors, this department is better positioned to take care of veterans for decades to come. As the chief operating officer of the federal government’s second largest department, Scott has been vital to the progress we’ve made on our top three priorities: increasing access to VA care and services, eliminating the compensation claims backlog, and ending veterans’ homelessness. While we have more work to do, Scott’s contributions have been immense.”
Gould’s resignation is effective May 17th. As VA deputy secretary, Gould serves as the chief operating officer. According to VA, he has been responsible for the nationwide system of health care services, benefits programs, and national cemeteries for veterans and their dependents.
Gould was confirmed by the Senate Veterans Affairs' Committee for the position on April 2, 2009. Prior to his appointment to the VA, he served as vice-president for public sector strategy at IBM Global Business Services.
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