VA Announces Commission to Seek Next VHA Undersecretary for Health

WASHINGTON—The VA announced that it is convening a commission to recommend candidates to President Obama for appointment of the next VHA Undersecretary for Health.

Dr. Robert A. Petzel, the current VHA undersecretary, is set to retire in 2014.

“I am grateful for Dr. Petzel’s distinguished service to veterans spanning four decades, and for his leadership in transforming VHA’s health care delivery system to better care for veterans,” said VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki. “Dr. Petzel has assured me that he will continue to serve in his position until the Senate confirms a new Under Secretary for Health, in order to ensure a smooth transition.”

According to VA, the agency is required by law to convene a commission to seek the next Under Secretary for Health.  Due to the length of the process, the agency said that “it is initiating the commission in advance of Dr. Petzel’s retirement.” 

“The commission will be launched this fall.  Suitable candidates to serve as members of this important commission will be selected based upon criteria outlined in the law and their skills, knowledge and attributes as leaders, managers and educators,” a VA written statement explained.

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