Obama's veterans agency nominee vows corporate-style discipline

Obama nominates McDonald to head the Veterans Administration in WashingtonBy David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama’s nominee to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs pledged on Tuesday to bring corporate-style discipline and accountability to the troubled agency plagued by healthcare delays and accusations of mismanagement and fraud. Bob McDonald, the former chief executive officer of Procter & Gamble Co, the world’s largest manufacturer of household products, told the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee that he would work to reorganize the VA to deliver care more efficiently to veterans. In a confirmation hearing brimming with corporate management buzzwords, McDonald said he would immerse himself in the VA’s operations and devise ways to focus each of the department’s 341,000 employees on its core mission of serving veterans. He also told senators he would give them his cellphone number and encouraged them to use it, adding that as P&G’s CEO, his phone was turned on “24 hours a day.” McDonald, 61, was nominated to replace Eric Shinseki, who resigned as VA secretary in late May amid a scandal over the coverup of delays in scheduling medical appointments at dozens of VA hospitals and clinics across the country.

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