The NCAA’s chief operating officer, a former member of the Army‘s Judge Advocate General Corps, has been confirmed as the second-highest official at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

In a 91-8 vote, the U.S. Senate confirmed Donald Remy to serve as deputy secretary to Secretary Denis McDonough. The department has not had a Senate-confirmed deputy since James Byrne, who was fired in February 2020 by then Secretary Robert Wilkie.

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