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Obama taps business exec to oversee troubled VA

10 months ago June 30, 2014 Jun 30, 2014 Monday, June 30 2014 Monday, June 30, 2014 1:26:13 AM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama will nominate former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald to lead a Veterans Affairs department gripped by reports of treatment delays and cover-ups.

An administration official says Obama plans to nominate McDonald on Monday. If confirmed by the Senate, the 61-year-old McDonald would succeed Eric Shinseki (shin-SEHK'-ee), who resigned last month as the scope of the issues at veterans' hospitals became apparent.

McDonald's nomination signals that Obama put a premium on management experience as he sought a new VA secretary. McDonald also has a military background, graduating near the top of his class at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and serving as a captain in the Army.

The administration official insisted on anonymity in order to confirm McDonald's appointment before the president's announcement.

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