David Shulkin tapped to take lead role at VA
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“President-elect Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he has tapped David Shulkin, a physician who is currently serving in the Obama administration as VA undersecretary, to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The decision ends a protracted search for a head of the second-largest federal agency and would make Shulkin the first VA secretary who had not served in the military. Trump said he and his transition team had interviewed “at least 100 people” in their search for an executive to carry out multiple promises he has made to improve the care of veterans. In the end, they looked inside.
Shulkin, 57, who would be the first Obama administration holdover for Trump, was confirmed unanimously for his post as undersecretary in charge of the Veterans Health Administration in June 2015, a sign he could breeze through the Senate confirmation process…”
G2X TAKE: In a bit of a surprise move, the new administration has chosen David Shulkin, current Chief Executive of the Veterans Health Administration to replace McDonald as the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
Not one of the more popular rumors to get the nod based in part on his lack of Veteran status, there are clearly some natural advantages as Shulkin will be able to hit the ground running on many of the key issues at hand. While no choice will be universally applauded, many VA government contractors will be breathing a sigh of relief as the selection does seem to indicate there will be no major upheaval.
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