Obama nominates new leadership for VA

President Barack Obama nominated two people for key administration posts at the Veterans Affairs Department.

LaVerne Horton Council is nominated as chief information officer and assistant secretary for information and technology at VA. Steph Warren currently serves as VA’s CIO and executive in charge for information and technology.

Council has been CEO of Council Advisory Services since 2012. She was CIO at Johnson & Johnson. She’s also worked at a number of other firms, including Dell, Ernst & Young, Accenture and State Farm Insurance.

Obama nominated David Shulkin for undersecretary for health at VA. Carolyn Clancy is currently serving as interim undersecretary for health at the department.

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Shulkin has been president of Morristown Medical Center since 2010. He was also chief medical officer of Pennsylvania Hospital and chief quality officer of the Drexel University School of Medicine.

Aside from the positions at VA, Obama also nominated Douglas Kramer to be deputy administrator at the Small Business Administration, and Stephen Welby for assistant secretary of defense for research and engineering at the Defense Department.

Meanwhile, former Chief Information Officer Steve VanRoekel will leave government, according to a spokesperson from the U.S. Agency for International Development. VanRoekel left the White House last September to join USAID, where he’s working on technology to treat and contain the Ebola virus in West Africa.

A departure date for VanRoekel has not yet been confirmed, nor have his future plans.

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