- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Veterans Affairs Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson will make his first trip to Capitol Hill as the head of the embattled department next week.

Mr. Gibson will testify before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on July 16, according to a committee release. He will need to address how he has improved wait times and accountability since taking over the Veterans Affairs Department when Eric Shinseki resigned at the end of May.

“We look forward to hearing from Acting Secretary Gibson about progress he is making in addressing the many serious problems facing the VA,” said Sen. Bernard Sanders, Vermont independent and chair of the committee. “How many veterans who were on long waiting lists have now been provided health care? What are Mr. Gibson’s projections about the needs of the VA in terms of more doctors, nurses and medical personnel to eliminate permanently the unacceptably long waiting times?”

Mr. Gibson is only heading the department, which has faced months of allegations of poor patient care, whistleblower retribution and data manipulation, until the next permanent secretary is confirmed. Bob McDonald, the former director of Procter and Gamble, was on the Hill Tuesday meeting with Mr. Sanders, but the Senate has yet to schedule a hearing on his confirmation.

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