30 May '18, 2pm

VA musical chairs: Wilkie steps down as acting VA secretary, top deputy retires

WASHINGTON — The White House named Peter O’Rourke as acting Veterans Affairs secretary after Robert Wilkie stepped down from the post to begin his formal confirmation process for the department’s permanent top job. The move had been expected since President Donald Trump announced on May 18 that he was nominating Wilkie , the Pentagon’s top personnel and readiness official, for the vacant VA secretary job. Wilkie had served in an acting role since March, when Trump fired David Shulkin from the post amid infighting at the department. Naming O’Rouke as the interim department head once again bypasses VA Deputy Secretary Thomas Bowman for the post. Bowman announced he will retire from federal service on June 15. Veterans groups had complained that administration officials violated federal law by skipping over Bowman in March, and a pair of advocacy organizations have a pending ...

Full article: https://www.militarytimes.com/veterans/2018/05/30/wilkie-...

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