Another senior VA official steps down

Veterans Affairs deputy secretary W. Scott Gould has resigned.

The news was first reported by Federal News Radio.

VA Secretary Eric Shinseki put out a statement via the department’s web site.

“After four years of serving Veterans with distinction,” Shinseki wrote, “Deputy Secretary W. Scott Gould — my fellow Veteran, colleague and friend — has submitted his resignation, effective May 17. His unwavering leadership and dedication to Veterans and their families has strengthened our ability to carry out VA’s mission – providing Veterans the healthcare and benefits they have earned.”

Gould becomes the latest VA senior official to head for the door, FNR noted. Chief of Staff John Gingrich retired March 31 after 37 years in government. Roger Baker, the assistant secretary in the Office of Information and Technology and chief information officer, returned to industry earlier this month after leaving the agency in early March. Peter Levin, the VA chief technology officer, left the agency in March.

Federal News Radio went on to say that Gould’s departure is probably the biggest of all. He ran the day-to-day operations, both on the management side and the interagency efforts with the Defense Department and many others.

The Senate confirmed Gould in April 2009. He served in the Navy on the guided missile destroyer Richard E. Byrd and as a Naval intelligence reservist.

“We at VA will miss his advocacy and dedication,” Shinseki added, “but we also wish him the very best in the years to come.”

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