Sunday, 03 March 2024

Shinseki announces choice for deputy secretary of Veterans Affairs

WASHINGTON – On Friday, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki praised President Barack Obama's intent to nominate W. Scott Gould as next deputy secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Gould is currently vice president for public sector strategy at IBM Global Business Services and a former intelligence officer in the naval reserve. He has public service experience at both the departments of Commerce and Treasury.

“Scott and I share a reverence for those who have served in uniform,” said Shinseki. “He is fully committed to fulfilling President Obama's vision and my goals for transforming the Department of Veterans Affairs into a 21st century organization, and he understands the fundamentals that will drive that transformation: Veteran-centric, results-oriented and forward looking.”

Shinseki added that Gould possesses a unique and wide-ranging set of skills in information technologies, acquisition, budget, human resources and leading the modernization of large, complex organizations.

"Scott's expertise 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.

Gould worked in the public sector as the chief financial officer and assistant secretary for administration at the Commerce Department and deputy assistant secretary for finance and management at the Treasury Department from 1994 to 1999.

As a White House Fellow, he worked at the Export-Import Bank of the United States and in the Office of the White House chief of staff.

Prior to his job at IBM, he was chief executive officer of The O'Gara Co., a strategic advisory and investment services firm, and chief operating officer of Exolve, a technology services company.

As a naval reservist, Gould served at sea aboard the guided missile destroyer Richard E. Byrd and as assistant professor of naval science at Rochester University. He was recalled to active duty for both Operation Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom as a naval intelligence reservist.

During President Obama's campaign and after his election, Gould was co-chair of the National Veterans Policy Team, Obama for America, and co-chair of the Veterans Agency Review Team for the Presidential Transition Team.

A fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, Gould is a former member of the National Security Agency's Technical Advisory Group and the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Overseers.

He has been awarded the Department of Commerce Medal, the Treasury Medal and the Navy Meritorious Service Medal and is coauthor of “The People Factor: Strengthening America by Investing in the Public Service.” He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Cornell University and a masters in business administration and a doctorate in education from the University of Rochester.

Gould is married to Michèle A. Flournoy, and they have three children: Alec, Victoria and Aidan.

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