June 05, 2014

Nominee to Be VA's Top Health Official Withdraws

Featuring Phillip Carter

Source: Wall Street Journal

Journalist Ben Kesling

Less than a week after Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki stepped down, President Barack Obama's nominee to fill a key undersecretary position withdrew his name for consideration, highlighting the continuing turmoil at the agency.

Jeffrey Murawsky, nominated on May 1 as undersecretary for health at the VA, withdrew his name, "citing the current confirmation environment," said a White House statement. "He believes this role is too important not to be filled quickly."

The position has been vacant since mid-May, when Robert Petzel was asked to resign his position following allegations employees had been tampering with patient-scheduling procedures and improperly reporting patient wait times. 

"We respect his request to withdraw his name for consideration," said a VA spokesman. "This is one of the most important jobs in the government right now. Once a new nominee has been identified, VA will urge Congress to move swiftly to confirm the nomination."

Read the full article at The Wall Street Journal. 

  • Phillip Carter

    Former Senior Fellow and Director, Military, Veterans, and Society Program

    Phillip Carter was the former Senior Fellow and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security.  His research focused on iss...