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Nominee Bob McDonald to Bring Corporate Culture to VA as Secretary

Veterans Affairs Department logoBob McDonald, former Procter & Gamble chief executive and presidential nominee to the post of Department of Veterans Affairs secretary, plans to establish corporate management practices at the agency if he is confirmed, Reuters reported Tuesday.

David Lawder writes that McDonald intends to foster discipline and accountability and reorganize VA following recent concerns about delays in healthcare delivery, fraud and mismanagement.

“In order to retain the trust of the American people, and most importantly, veterans, we must ensure every employee has an action plan in their annual performance review that rolls up to the strategic plan and the mission of the department,” McDonald said.

He indicated these plans during his confirmation hearing with the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, as the administration seeks to replace former VA secretary Eric Shinseki, who resigned in May.

The report said McDonald would also ensure improved communications between the agency’s head office and its 1,700 facilities across the U.S.

McDonald, who also served in the U.S. Army before starting his 29-year career at P&G, was announced as President Barack Obama’s nominee to the VA secretary position in June.

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