Veterans Affairs Deputy Secretary Named
By Philip Rucker
W. Scott Gould, a former naval reservist who served in the Iraq war as an intelligence officer, is President Obama's nominee to become deputy secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Gould, who most recently has been a vice president at IBM Global Business Services, will work under Secretary Eric K. Shinseki, a retired four-star general, to revamp the sprawling Veterans Affairs bureaucracy. In a statement released this afternoon, Shinseki said he and Gould are committed to "transforming the Department of Veterans Affairs into a 21st century organization."
Shinseki said Gould brings expertise in information technology and managing large organizations. "Scott's experience in these areas, as well as his broad experience in the public sector, the private sector and the military, will prove invaluable for better serving our veterans," Shinseki said.
During the Clinton administration, Gould worked as chief financial officer and assistant secretary for administration at the Department of Commerce and as deputy assistant secretary for finance and management at the Treasury Department. He also served as a White House fellow, working at the Export-Import Bank of the United States and in the White House chief of staff's office.
During Obama's campaign, Gould co-chaired the National Veterans Policy Team, and worked on Obama's transition team as a member of the Veterans Agency Review Team. Gould received a bachelor of arts degree from Cornell University and a master's in business administration and doctorate in education from the University of Rochester. He is married to Michèle A. Flournoy, whom Obama has nominated to be undersecretary of defense for policy.
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January 30, 2009; 5:43 PM ET
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