President taps CEO to oversee troubled VA

File Image. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
File Image. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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