VA deputy secretary resigns

The Veterans Affairs Department announced today the resignation of Leo Mackay Jr. as deputy secretary, effective Sept. 30.

He had held the department's second-highest post since May 2001 and oversaw VA's daily operations. VA has a nearly $60 billion budget and 224,000 employees.

'His legacy is a more focused VA, better able to meet the needs of veterans,' said Veterans Affairs secretary Anthony Principi.

Mackay improved the department's procurement, finance and computer-based operations, established a joint executive committee with the Defense Department to coordinate senior-level policies and strengthened the 'national shrine commitment' to improve VA-run national cemeteries, Principi said.

Mackay will join ACS Inc. of Dallas, which provides business process and IT outsourcing services. He will take a senior executive position in its health care solutions business in Atlanta.

Mackay is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and the Navy's "Top Gun" training program. He was a vice president of Bell Helicopter Textron prior to joining VA.


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