At a Senate Veterans Affairs meeting, Robert McDonald, Obama’s choice to lead the department, cities problems with patient access to health care, transparency, accountability and integrity, among other issues. He pledges to transform the agency, saying that “systematic failures” must be addressed:
The seriousness of the moment demands urgent action. The VA is in crisis. The veterans are in need. There is a lot of work to do to transform the department and it will not be easy, but it is essential and can be achieved.