Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Isakson Statement on Committee Approval of VA Nominations


Senator Johnny Isakson is the Chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and his office issued the following:

Contact: Amanda Maddox, 202-224-7777
Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Isakson Statement on Committee Approval of VA Nominations
Committee approves VA Under Secretary for Health, Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, today released the following statement after the committee approved the nominations of Dr. David J. Shulkin to be Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Under Secretary for Health and LaVerne H. Council to be Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Information and Technology.
“The Veterans Health Administration faces several serious, on-going issues, particularly the implementation of the Veterans Choice Act,” said Isakson. “The VA’s information technology program has often experienced project failures, cost overruns and security mismanagement. If confirmed, I look forward to working with Dr. Shulkin and Ms. Council to address these issues and ensure that the VA is well-equipped to deliver the best possible care and services to our veterans.”
The committee approved the nominations today by voice vote during a business meeting held off the Senate floor. Previously, these nominations were considered by the committee at a hearing on May 5, 2015. The pending nominations now advance to the full Senate for final confirmation.
The Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs is chaired by U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., in the 114th Congress.

Isakson is a veteran himself – having served in the Georgia Air National Guard from 1966-1972 – and has been a member of the Senate VA Committee since he joined the Senate in 2005. Isakson’s home state of Georgia is home to more than a dozen military installations representing each branch of the military as well as more than 750,000 veterans.