Former Procter & Gamble Chief Executive Robert McDonald told the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee that, if confirmed, he would work to identify
"Those employees that have violated the trust of the nation and of veterans must be, and will be, held accountable," McDonald said at his confirmation hearing. "If you don't want people in your community lying, you don't tolerate them lying."
He would replace
McDonald said veterans' care would be at the center of his 90-day plan to set the agency back on track. Last week, acting VA Director Sloan Gibson told
"The seriousness of this moment demands action," McDonald said. "My charge will be to provide veterans the care they have earned in the most effective way possible."
McDonald said he had already started making calls to veterans' service organizations and planned to travel to healthcare facilities around the country during his first several months to hear directly from veterans and other stakeholders.
McDonald cruised through Tuesday's hearing and is expected to be easily confirmed by the full Senate.
"There is no question that we need good quality management," Sanders said. "We need transparency. We need accountability. And I believe Mr. McDonald's corporate experience will give him the tools that he needs to create a well-run and accountable VA."