Former P&G executive tapped to lead VA

This June 13, 2014 file photo shows President Barack Obama speaking on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of their sexual orientation, a White House official said Monday. The move follows years of pressure from gay rights groups for Obama to act on his own while a broader employment non-discrimination measure languishes on Capitol Hill. The Senate passed the legislation last year but the bill stalled in the Republican-led House and there is little sign that lawmakers will take it up in an election year. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
This June 13, 2014 file photo shows President Barack Obama speaking on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of their sexual orientation, a White House official said Monday. The move follows years of pressure from gay rights groups for Obama to act on his own while a broader employment non-discrimination measure languishes on Capitol Hill. The Senate passed the legislation last year but the bill stalled in the Republican-led House and there is little sign that lawmakers will take it up in an election year. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama will nominate former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald to lead a Veterans Affairs department gripped by reports of treatment delays and cover-ups.

An administration official says Obama plans to nominate McDonald today. If confirmed by the Senate, the 61-year-old McDonald would succeed Eric Shinseki (shin-SEHK’-ee), who resigned last month as the scope of the issues at veterans’ hospitals became apparent.

McDonald’s nomination signals that Obama put a premium on management experience as he sought a new VA secretary. McDonald also has a military background, graduating near the top of his class at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and serving as a captain in the Army.

The administration official insisted on anonymity in order to confirm McDonald’s appointment before the president’s announcement.

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