Tester Statement on Senate Confirmation of Donald M. Remy to be VA Deputy Secretary
President Biden’s nominee, tasked with overseeing VA’s implementation of the EHRM program, confirmed by full Senate with backing from Chairman
(U.S. Senate) – The Senate today voted to confirm Donald M. Remy to be Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) with strong backing from U.S. Senator Jon Tester, Chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, who released the following statement:
“Don Remy served this country in uniform and has shown a strong commitment to work tirelessly on behalf of his fellow veterans. As VA’s second-highest leader, he will be responsible for coordinating its work with the Department of Defense on critical issues including toxic exposure and the transition from servicemember to veteran, as well as overseeing implementation of its new Electronic Health Record. I look forward to working with him in this new role to address these and other issues, and deliver on behalf of all who’ve sworn an oath to protect this country.”
At a confirmation hearing in May, Tester questioned Remy on his qualifications to serve the nation’s veterans as Deputy Secretary and pressed him on major challenges facing VA—including rolling-out the Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM) program, developing a framework for VA’s approach to the Asset and Infrastructure Review Commission, bringing the VA workforce back into the office post-pandemic, and working to advance veteran interests on the Veterans Affairs-Defense Department Joint Executive Committee.
Following a partisan hold on his confirmation, Tester took to the Senate floor to deliver an impassioned speech in defense of his nomination.
Remy is a military veteran who earned a meritorious service medal during his tenure as a Captain in the United States Army. Most recently he served as the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Legal Officer. His government career includes serving as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice. As an Army Officer, he served as Assistant to the General Counsel for the United States Army, advising the General Counsel, the Secretary of the Army and other senior Army and Defense officials on a myriad of legal and policy issues. Prior to holding government offices, Remy worked in the private sector.