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                                       New VA Secretary?

President Trump announced Friday he is tapping acting Department of
Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie to be the department’s next
leader.  Wilkie has led the VA since the firing of former Secretary David
Shulkin in late March.

Wilkie’s nomination comes at a crucial time for the VA. The department
signed a $10 billion contract with Cerner for a new electronic health record
system and the VA MISSION Act of 2018 is poised to pass the Senate next
week with the president planning to sign the bill into law by Memorial Day.

Wilkie is a reserve officer in the U.S. Air Force Reserve assigned to the
Office of the Chief of Staff. Before his first Pentagon tour, he was special
assistant to the president for National Security Affairs and a senior director
of the National Security Council under Dr. Condoleezza Rice, according to
his official bio.