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Ex-Obama top VA pick of Trump: Style is ‘quicker,’ more decisive

“He did not come in to make incremental change”

(National SentinelBureaucracy: Career Washington bureaucrats who aren’t riddled with Trump Derangement Syndrome and really are trying to deliver good service to taxpayers are coming around to the president’s corporate style of management, and one of them is, surprisingly, President Donald J. Trump’s pick to head up the Veterans Administration, David J. Shulkin, who was the department’s undersecretary for health through the 2016 election.

When asked by the Washington Examiner how operations have changed under the current commander-in-chief, Shulkin was full of praise.

“I have found that mandate from him, to get this organization fixed and the support and freedom to go out and challenge old assumptions, as exactly what the VA needs right now,” Shulkin said.

“I think the organization feels more empowered to fix problems than they have in the past, and my hope is that we will be able to set the path so that the organization is earning back that trust that it needs,” he further noted.

The VA chief told the Washington Examiner that Trump was bringing his billionaire businessman style to Washington’s byzantine bureaucracies.

“The president very much looks at this organization like running a business. And he understands that you need to allow the manager of the business to have the freedom to go out and to challenge assumptions and to make decisions,” Shulkin told reporters during a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science-Monitor.

That’s a good think, Shulkin believes, noting that baby steps aren’t going to fix chronic problems within his organization.

“Slow, incremental change isn’t what this organization needs,” he said. “He did not come in to make incremental change; he came in to set a fundamental different course in direction when it comes to providing services to veterans.

“Acting quicker and more decisively is part of that management style,” he added.

On the campaign trail, Trump spoke of his desire to “fix” the ‘broken’ VA. It appears as though he’s on his way towards keeping that pledge.

 

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