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    Biden Nominates Longtime VA Exec to Be Benefits Chief

    Biden Nominates Longtime VA Exec to Be Benefits Chief

    The Department of Veterans Affairs' acting under secretary for benefits has been nominated to fill the permanent role of undersecretary, a position that oversees the agency's benefits system for hundreds of thousands of veterans that has not had a Senate-confirmed executive in more than two years.

    On Monday the Biden administration announced the nomination of Joshua Jacobs, currently serving as a senior policy adviser performing the duties of the under secretary for benefits, to formally be the benefits chief.

    The job entails running the Veterans Benefits Administration, which oversees processing and management of roughly $135 billion worth of disability compensation and other non-medical benefits to 350,000 veterans or their survivors.

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    The department is made up of VBA Headquarters in , D.C.; processing centers; and 56 regional offices.

    Jacobs is a longtime VA employee and a former U.S. Senate staffer, including two years as deputy staff director for the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.

    Jacobs is the second nominee put forward by the administration for the job. Former Ranger and Department of Labor executive Ray Jefferson was nominated in March 2022, but his name was withdrawn following concerns over alleged contract impropriety during his time at the department. Jefferson was later cleared by the Department of…

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