February 12, 2018

White House targets VA’s deputy secretary as ‘a warning shot’ to agency’s leader

Featuring Phillip Carter

Source: Washington Post

Journalists Lisa Rein, Emily Wax-Thibodeaux, Josh Dawsey

The White House wants to remove the Department of Veterans Affairs’ second-in-command as a “warning shot” to VA Secretary David Shulkin, an Obama-era holdover who has frustrated the administration by networking with lawmakers who don’t support President Trump’s plan to overhaul the scandal-ridden health care system, according to people familiar with the matter.

Deputy Secretary Thomas G. Bowman, who was appointed by Trump and confirmed in August, was said to be at odds with the administration’s plan to expand health care access for veterans through private providers, these people said. His departure would create another senior leadership vacancy at an agency whose highly publicized shortcomings Trump has promised to fix.

A White House official said a plan to oust Bowman was in the works, but some of his admirers in Congress pushed back, saying Bowman’s job is safe.

Read the full article in The Washington Post.

  • Phillip Carter

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

    Phillip Carter is Senior Fellow and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security.  His research focuses on issues facing v...