VA’s second in command announces exit plans

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After four years as deputy secretary at the Veterans Affairs Department, W. Scott Gould has announced he is stepping down May 17.

Gould has served in that capacity since April 2, 2009, when he replaced Gordon H. Mansfield. As deputy secretary, Gould was put in charge of a nationwide system of healthcare services, benefits programs and national cemeteries for veterans and their dependents.

Before being named next in command after Secretary Eric Shinseki, Gould served as vice president for public-sector strategy at IBM Global Business Services. Prior to that position, he was CEO of The O’Gara Company, an advisory and investment services firm, and chief operating officer of Exolve, a technology services company.

Gould’s government career includes serving as chief financial officer at the Commerce Department, and as deputy assistant secretary for finance and management at the Treasury Department. He also is a U.S. Navy veteran.

Shinseki praised Gould for his “unwavering leadership and dedication” to veterans and their families, and highlighted his achievements.

“Scott has been vital to the progress we’ve made on our top three priorities: increasing access to VA care and services, eliminating the compensation claims backlog, and ending veterans’ homelessness,” Shinseki said. “While we have more work to do, Scott’s contributions have been immense.”

News of Gould’s resignation comes on the heels of multiple recent exists. In January, Jerry Davis, VA’s then-deputy assistant secretary of information security, left to become CIO at NASA Ames Research Center. The following month, VA CIO Roger Baker announced he was leaving the department, and in April landed at Agilex, a government contracting firm focused on technology.

Additionally, Peter Levin, VA CTO, told FedScoop on Feb. 19 his plans to step down. A month later, VA Chief of Staff John Gingrich sent a memo to employees announcing his resignation after decades-long government career.

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Agencies, Department of Defense (DOD), Department of the Interior, Department of Veterans Affairs, Departments, Jerry Davis, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Peter Levin, Roger Baker
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