Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson Vows to Fix Agency

Image: File image of USO President Gibson before a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington
USO President and CEO Sloan Gibson is sworn in prior to testifying at his confirmation hearing to be the number two in the Veterans Administration, before a U.S. Senate Committee on Veteran's Affairs, on Capitol Hill in Washington, in this file image from Nov. 6, 2013. MIKE THEILER / Reuters

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The acting secretary of Veterans Affairs vowed to act decisively against the mismanagement that led to the agency's scandal over delays in treatment and cover-ups at VA hospitals across the country.

"I will use all available authority to swiftly and decisively address issues of willful misconduct or mismanagement," Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson said in a statement Monday. "VA's first priority is to get all Veterans off waiting lists and into clinics while we address the underlying issues that have been impeding Veterans' access to healthcare."

In light of the growing scandal, embattled former Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned last week after coming under heavy criticism for his handling of the crisis.

An investigation showed that hundreds of veterans were kept off official waiting lists as employees manipulated data.

In his statement, Gibson thanked Shinseki for his leadership of the VA.

—Becky Bratu