Acting VA Secretary Robert Wilkie

Acting VA Secretary Robert Wilkie nominated for permanent role

In an “off-the-cuff” remark during a White House event on prison reform, President Trump announced his intent to nominate Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie as the new permanent leader of the agency, FCW reports.

Wilkie, the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, has lead the VA on an acting basis since the dismissal of Secretary David Shulkin in March, the report notes, adding that the White House may have to name someone other than Wilkie to lead VA during the confirmation process as there has been debate and a lawsuit over the leadership limitations a nominee has while going through the process. 

According to the article, Trump's announcement on May 17 came just one day after Wilkie made his own announcement that the agency was signing a 10-year, $10 billion contract with Cerner Corp. to provide the VA with electronic health records.

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