Barack Obama taps ex-Procter and Gamble exec Robert McDonald to lead VA

by Rachel Baker on June 30, 2014

So, now we are outsourcing the VA? Anyone ever hear of Walter Reed? I’m not holding my breath that this appointment will “fix the problem”.

McDonald is an unusual choice for an agency that has typically been led by former military leaders, but given the agency’s bureaucratic and managerial challenges, he is seen by the White House as the kind of corporate leader the agency needs. His experience makes him “prepare[d] … well for a huge agency with management challenges,” the official said, adding that he is “the perfect person to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs during this important time.”

The planned nomination of McDonald comes after Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan D. Gibson and Rob Nabors, a White House aide sent to work on problems at the VA, updated Obama on Friday about their efforts to examine the VA’s struggles in delivering health care to veterans. The agency has “a corrosive culture” that has affected performance and care, Nabors said in a report to the president.

“The problems inherent within an agency with an extensive field structure are exacerbated by poor management and communication structures, distrust between some VA employees and management, a history of retaliation toward employees raising issues, and a lack of accountability across all grade levels,” the report added.

Unlike other business leaders brought into the Obama administration to help problem-solve — such as now-National Economic Council head Jeff Zients — McDonald has a record of supporting Republicans. During the 2012 presidential race, he gave $2,500 to Mitt Romney and, less than a year ago, he made a contribution of $1,000 to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).

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Barack Obama taps ex-Procter and Gamble exec Robert McDonald to lead VA

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