W. Scott Gould was nominated by President Obama to serve as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and subsequently confirmed by the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on April 2, 2009. As Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Gould serves as the chief operating officer of the federal government's second largest department, responsible for a nationwide system of health care services, benefits programs and national cemeteries for America’s veterans and their dependents. Prior to his appointment to the VA, Gould was VP Public Sector Strategy at IBM Global Business Services and served as Co-chair of the veterans policy team for Obama for America. Previously, Gould served as CEO and COO of several technology and advisory services firms. Gould is a retired Captain, U.S. Navy Reserves, Intelligence, recalled to active duty for Operation Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom. Served as CFO and Assistant Secretary for Administration at Commerce and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance and Management at Treasury. White House Fellow (93-94). Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Coauthor: The People Factor: Strengthening America by Investing in the Public Service. Gould is married to Michèle A. Flournoy. They have three children and reside in the Washington, D.C. area. AB Cornell University; MBA and EdD University of Rochester.