Obama nominates veteran lawyer as VA watchdog

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Posted: Oct 02, 2015 7:24 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has nominated Michael J. Missal, a lawyer with extensive experience in the federal government and private sector, to serve as the next inspector general for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The nomination of a permanent inspector general for the VA has been long sought by members of Congress who say it will bring more accountability to an agency that has struggled to meet some veterans' health care needs and provide timely decisions on benefits.

Missal is a partner at K&L Gates, an international law firm with more than 2,000 lawyers. Previously, he served as senior counsel at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Missal's work over the years includes assisting the Senate Select Committee on Ethics in the investigation of former Republican Sen. John Ensign.