WICHITA, Kansas – It was a surprising move to some, putting Bob McDonald, former CEO of Proctor and Gamble at the head of the department, but Kansas politicians say it may be the best move to put the Department of Veterans Affairs back on track after controversies that have unfolded in the past month.
“This is a breach of trust,” said Dr. Thomas Lynch from the department, “It is irresponsible, it is indefensible and it’s unacceptable.”
Now, a step in a new direction.
“What makes Bob the right choice to lead the VA right now,” said President Barack Obama, “is his three decades of managing a business like Proctor and Gamble.”
McDonald – a name not many in veteran’s affairs may even recognize but Senator Jerry Moran says this could be be just what the department needs.
“He’s the kind of person who can come in and shake things up and put a new culture in place in which the veteran is front and center as compared to careers,” said Moran.
Hopefully, he will be able to bring in the necessary changes. The White House issued its own report last Friday finding: “a corrosive culture has led to personnel problems across the department that are seriously impacting morale and, by extension, the timeliness of health care.”
While Moran does believe this is a step in the right direction, it is just the beginning of reform.
“There has to be new leaders and I would say just changing the secretary, that’s not the only solution. In fact that doesn’t just solve the problem if you just put one person in for another and there’s not differences made in the way the system is managed.”