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Scott Gould
5th United States Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs

In office
April 2, 2009 – May 17, 2013
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Gordon H. Mansfield
Succeeded by Sloan D. Gibson
Personal details
Born William Scott Gould
July 19, 1957(1957-07-19) (age 65)
Topsfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
Spouse(s) Michèle Flournoy
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch  United States Navy
United States Naval Reserves
Years of service 1979-2006
Rank US-O6 insignia.svg Captain

William Scott Gould[1] (born July 19, 1957)[2] is a former United States Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Early life and education

Gould was born in Topsfield, Massachusetts.[3] He holds an AB degree from Cornell University and MBA and Ed.D. degrees from the University of Rochester.[4]

Military service

He is a retired captain who served for 26 years in the United States Navy and United States Navy Reserve. During his initial active duty commitment, he served at sea aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Richard E. Byrd. Separating from active duty and affiliating in the then-Naval Reserve, he transitioned to the intelligence community. As a Naval Intelligence reservist, CAPT Gould was recalled to active duty for Operation Noble Eagle and Operation Enduring Freedom.[4]

Career

Clinton and Bush administrations

From 1993 to 1994,[5] Gould served as a White House Fellow in the Export-Import Bank of the United States and in the Office of the White House Chief of Staff.[4]

From 1994 to 1997,[5] Gould has also served as deputy assistant secretary for finance and management at the Department of Treasury; he served from 1997 to 2001[5] as chief financial officer and assistant secretary for administration at the Department of Commerce.[4]

From 2001 to 2002, he served as deputy to the Director of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.[5]

Business career

Gould was also chief executive officer of The O'Gara Company from 2002 to 2004,[5] an investment services firm, and COO of Exolve, a technology services company.[6] Immediately prior to his appointment at the VA, Gould was vice president for "public sector strategy" at IBM Global Business Services from 2004 to 2009.[5] He is co-author (with Linda Bilmes) of the best-selling book The People Factor: Strengthening America by Investing in Public Service.[4]

Obama administration

After President Obama's election, he served as co-chair of the VA Agency Review Team for the Presidential Transition Team. He was confirmed to be Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs on April 2, 2009 to replace Gordon H. Mansfield, who resigned on January 20, 2009.[4] Gould resigned on May 17, 2013.[7]

He was then appointed executive vice president at CareFirst, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield plan of Maryland.[8]

Personal life

Gould is married to Michèle Flournoy, the former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. They have three children and reside in Bethesda, Maryland.[4]

References

  1. "NOMINATIONS OF WILLIAM J. LYNN III TO BE DEPUTY SECRETARY OF DEFENSE; ROBERT F. HALE TO BE UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (COMPTROLLER) AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER; MICHÈLE FLOURNOY TO BE UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR POLICY; AND JEH CHARLES JOHNSON TO BE GENERAL COUNSEL, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE". United States Senate Committee on Armed Services. January 15, 2009. pp. 152. https://fas.org/irp/congress/2009_hr/nominate.pdf. 
  2. Date information sourced from Library of Congress Authorities data, via corresponding WorldCat Identities linked authority file (LAF) .
  3. [1][dead link]
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 "White House Launches Government Accountability and Transparency Board to Cut Waste and Boost Accountability". The White House. July 28, 2011. https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/realitycheck/the-press-office/2011/07/28/white-house-launches-government-accountability-and-transparency-board-cu.   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 "Revolving Door: William Scott Gould Employment Summary". https://www.opensecrets.org/revolving/rev_summary.php?id=70827. 
  6. W. Scott Gould, Deputy Secretary - Biography
  7. Kamen, Al (May 15, 2013). "VA deputy secretary Scott Gould departs Friday". The Washington Post. 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. 
  8. CareFirst Announces New Senior Management Positions (September 23, 2013 Press Release) Archived August 8, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.

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