“The Senate voted 87-7 on Monday to confirm President Biden’s pick, Denis McDonough, to serve as Veterans Affairs secretary, making him only the second non-veteran to lead the troubled department.”
“While McDonough did not serve in the armed forces, the 51-year-old is a veteran public servant. He was President Barack Obama’s chief of staff, a position he assumed in February 2013. Before that he served as the deputy national security advisor and as the chief of staff of the national security staff and as the deputy national security advisor for strategic communications.”
“As head of the VA, McDonough is inheriting the formidable task of overseeing the administration of COVID-19 vaccines to many of the 18 million veterans across the nation.”
“During his confirmation hearing last month, McDonough told the Senate that he’s been directed by Biden ‘to focus on getting our veterans through this pandemic.’”
“He is also taking over the behemoth agency — the largest integrated health care system in the U.S. — as it faces a long list of problems that have plagued the department for years…” Read the full article here.
Source: Senate Confirms Denis McDonough To Head Veterans Affairs Department – By Vanessa Romo, February 8, 2021. NPR.