Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs of the United States
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Incumbent
Donald Remy

since July 19, 2021
United States Department of Veterans Affairs
StyleMr. Deputy Secretary
Reports toSecretary of Veterans Affairs
SeatWashington, D.C.
AppointerThe President
with Senate advice and consent
Term lengthNo fixed term
FormationMarch 17, 1989
First holderAnthony Joseph Principi
SalaryExecutive Schedule, level II
Websitewww.va.gov

The deputy secretary of veterans affairs, in the United States government, is the chief operating officer of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, responsible for a nationwide system of health care services, benefits programs, and national cemeteries for America's veterans and their dependents.[1] The deputy secretary is the second-highest-ranking officer in the Department and succeeds the secretary of veterans affairs in the event of his resignation, death, or otherwise inability to fulfill his duties.[2]

The deputy secretary of veterans affairs is appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.[3] The position was created with the creation of the Department of Veterans Affairs in October 1988.[4]

Donald Remy is the current deputy secretary of veterans affairs since July 19, 2021.[5]

List of deputy secretaries of veterans affairs

No. Portrait Name Term of office President(s) served under
Start End
1
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Anthony Joseph Principi # March 17, 1989[6] September 26, 1992[6] George H. W. Bush
2
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Hershel Wayne Gober # February 4, 1993[7] August 10, 2000[8] Bill Clinton
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Edward A. "Ned" Powell, Jr. (acting) August 10, 2000[8] January 20, 2001[9]
3
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Leo S. Mackay, Jr. May 24, 2001[10] September 30, 2003[11] George W. Bush
4
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Gordon H. Mansfield # January 22, 2004[12] January 20, 2009
5
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W. Scott Gould April 9, 2009[13] May 17, 2013[1] Barack Obama
6
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Sloan D. Gibson # February 11, 2014[14] January 20, 2017
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Gina Farrisee (acting) January 20, 2017 February 25, 2017 Donald Trump
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Scott Blackburn (acting) February 26, 2017 August 9, 2017
7
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Thomas G. Bowman August 10, 2017 June 15, 2018
8
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James Byrne August 28, 2018 September 16, 2019
September 16, 2019 February 3, 2020[15]
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Pamela J. Powers (acting) April 2, 2020[16] January 20, 2021
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Carolyn Clancy (acting) January 20, 2021 July 19, 2021 Joe Biden
9
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Donald Remy July 19, 2021 Incumbent

References

^ Acted as Secretary during their tenure. See the list of Secretaries for dates.

  1. ^ a b https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/in-the-loop/post/va-deputy-secretary-scott-gould-departs-friday/2013/05/15/bcd5c512-bd6c-11e2-97d4-a479289a31f9_blog.html
  2. ^ "Memorandum for the Secretary of Veterans Affairs". Retrieved September 24, 2007.
  3. ^ 38 U.S.C. § 304: Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Accessed September 24, 2007.
  4. ^ "Search Results – THOMAS (Library of Congress)". Retrieved September 24, 2007.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ McDonough, Secretary Denis. ""I was honored to swear in Army Veteran Donald Remy"..." Twitter.com. Retrieved July 20, 2021.
  6. ^ a b White House. "Anthony Principi Secretary of Veterans Affairs 2001–2005". Retrieved September 24, 2005. Mr. Principi served as Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs, VA's second-highest executive position, from March 17, 1989, to September 26, 1992, when he was named Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs by President George Bush.
  7. ^ US Department of Veterans Affairs. The Honorable Hershel W. Gober Archived January 29, 2004, at the Wayback Machine. July 2000. Accessed January 15, 2008. "He had served as Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs since being sworn in by President Clinton on February 4, 1993."
  8. ^ a b US Department of Veterans Affairs. Ned Powell Named Acting VA Deputy Secretary. August 9, 2000. Accessed January 15, 2008. "President Clinton has appointed Edward A. (Ned) Powell, Jr., as the Acting Deputy Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)."
  9. ^ Cahoon. Ben. Department of Veterans Affairs. WorldStatesmen.org. Accessed January 15, 2008.
  10. ^ US Department of Veterans Affairs. Leo S. Mackay, Jr., PhD at the Wayback Machine (archive index). January 2002. Accessed January 16, 2008. "Leo S. Mackay Jr., PhD, was nominated to be Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs on April 30, 2001, and was confirmed by the Senate on May 24."
  11. ^ US Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Leo Mackay Steps Down as VA Deputy Secretary November 15, 2003. Accessed January 16, 2008. "Dr. Leo S. Mackay Jr. announced his resignation today as the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), effective September 30."
  12. ^ US Department of Veterans Affairs. VA Official Biography The Honorable Gordon H. Mansfield. November 2006. Accessed January 16, 2008. "Mr. Mansfield was nominated to serve as Deputy Secretary by President George W. Bush on November 3, 2003, and confirmed by the Senate on January 22, 2004."
  13. ^ "Gould Sworn in as Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs" (Press release). Department of Veterans Affairs. April 9, 2009. Archived from the original on April 26, 2009. Retrieved April 26, 2009. W. Scott Gould, a retired naval reservist and senior executive with experience in the Federal government and the private sector, has taken the oath of office as the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
  14. ^ "Sloan D. Gibson". Department of Veterans Affairs. February 11, 2014. Archived from the original on February 21, 2014. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
  15. ^ Mazmanian, Adam; Feb 03, 2020. "Deputy secretary Jim Byrne out at VA -". FCW. Retrieved May 5, 2020.((cite web)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  16. ^ Affairs, Office of Public and Intergovernmental. "Pamela J. Powers - Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs". www.va.gov. Retrieved May 5, 2020.

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