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Veteran Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki Resigns

Will Federman |
May 30, 2014 | 9:35 a.m. PDT


Secretary of Veteran Affairs Eric Shinseki is out. Following growing furor with Shinseki's job performance in the wake of a medical system scandal that has rocked the Department of Veterans Affairs, President Obama accepted the embattled secretary's resignation Friday morning.

Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson will be interim chief until Obama nominates a new secretary.

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Shinseki had been facing increasing calls for his ouster after CNN broke news of secret wait lists at a VA hospital in Phoenix last April, potentially costing the lives of 40 American veterans who were forced to endure indefensible and prolonged delays for healthcare. The coup de grâce came after the VA Office of Inspector General released an independent review on May 28 revealing systemic failures across the Veteran Affairs medical system.

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The end appeared nigh for Shinseki this week, even after the secretary wrote an op-ed published in USA Today a little over than 24 hours ago stating, "I am committed to providing the high-quality care and benefits that veterans have earned and deserve." But as support from the White House quickly evaporated, the secretary no longer had the political capital to fight both the public and lawmakers on the Hill.


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