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Former V.A. Health Chief Kizer guns for Secretary Position

Veterans Affairs Department logoKen Kizer, the former undersecretary of health at the Veterans Affairs Department from 1994 to 1999, is making a serious attempt at vying for the VA Secretary position.

“I care a great deal about the VA,” Kizer said. “I think I could help the organization mend.”

Kizer has an extensive knowledge of everything V.A., serving as a professor at the University of California Davis Health System teaching at the medical and nursing schools, a health care IT consultant and an original adopter of the VA digitized health record.

Through his work on blast injury, TBI, reintegration, PTSD and the fee care program he has attained a wealth of experiences applicable to present-day VA issues on the White House docket.

“Key variables in my mind would be whether the administration would support changes that need to be made, as well as additional resources if such proved to be needed,” said Kizer. “Whether the veteran service organizations would support my candidacy and needed reforms; whether it appeared that the unions would work constructively with management to make workforce changes, if needed; and whether it looked like relevant members of Congress would not obstruct improvements because of unrelated issues with the Administrations.”

Kizer has “absolutely no reason to believe that [he is] anywhere on the White House radar,” adding that he expects to speak with a member of Congress in the coming week.

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