President set to nominate former Procter and Gamble CEO as the new VA Secretary
President Obama will nominate the former Procter and Gamble executive Robert McDonald to be the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs, which has been plagued by recent discretions. Obama will announce the pick sometime Monday. It has been one month since former Secretary Shinseki resigned after revelations of long waits for treatment.
McDonald is a graduate of West Point, started at entry-level work with Procter & Gamble, rose to CEO, and ended up resigning mid-2013 because of cost cutting. McDonald is an usual pick compared to the regular nominations of former military leaders. According to Politico’s Jennifer Epstein, the White House sees as the kind of corporate leader the agency needs. His experience makes him “prepare[d] … well for a huge agency with management challenges,” the official said, adding that he is “the perfect person to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs during this important time.”
Currently Sloan D. Gibson and Rob Nabors are running the VA. Nabors is a White House aide who the Obama Administration sent to work on the plagued VA. Nabors issued a report to the President in which he said, “The problems inherent within an agency with an extensive field structure are exacerbated by poor management and communication structures, distrust between some VA employees and management, a history of retaliation toward employees raising issues, and a lack of accountability across all grade levels.”
Both sides of the aisle are in full support of this pick for Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Republican Representative Jeff Miller released a statement to CNN in which he said ‘If confirmed by the Senate, Robert McDonald will inherit a Department of Veterans Affairs under a specter of corruption that may very well surpass anything in the history of American government.”
Speaker Boehner in an official statement called McDonald , a veteran and a strong leader with decades of experience in the private sector” who is “the kind of person who is capable of implementing the kind of dramatic systemic change that is badly needed and long overdue at the VA.”
The question that remains is whether Mr. McDonald can input change into a politically polluted organization. That will only happen if President Obama wants to clean out the system. It’s time the VA returns to support those who fight and defend our freedoms.
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