WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s choice to take over the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs should sail through the Senate confirmation process, according to U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark.
Boozman, a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, said that former Procter & Gamble chief executive Robert McDonald is “extremely well qualified” to take the helm.
“Veterans Affairs desperately needs a new way of looking at things — the culture is really troublesome. This seems like the logical guy to put in,” he said in an interview Tuesday.
The Senate panel held a confirmation hearing for McDonald on Tuesday, and will likely approve his nomination in short order to succeed General Eric Shinseki, who resigned on May 30 as Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
The VA has come under intense scrutiny after it was revealed that some VA hospitals had doctored waiting lists to hide the long delays that many veterans have faced in receiving care.
McDonald, a graduate of West Point, spent 33 years at Procter & Gamble, serving as its chief executive officer from July 2009 to June 2013, when he retired.
Boozman said that McDonald’s experience in corporate logistics would be invaluable to the VA.
“I think he is extremely well qualified and I think he will be confirmed,” he said.