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    Nominee for VA Deputy Advances in Senate But Faces Bumpy Road Ahead

    Nominee for VA Deputy Advances in Senate But Faces Bumpy Road Ahead

    The nominee to be the next No. 2 official at the Department of Veterans Affairs has been advanced by a Senate panel, but could face a bumpy road to final confirmation.

    The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Thursday voted 13-6 to advance Tanya Bradsher, who was nominated by President Joe Biden to be the next deputy VA secretary. If confirmed, Bradsher, a retired lieutenant colonel who currently serves as VA chief of staff, would be the first woman to permanently hold the post.

    But Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has signaled he could throw up roadblocks that slow full Senate approval for Bradsher over concerns that an IT system under her purview is not properly protecting whistleblowers' identities.

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    “Sen. Grassley remains deeply concerned that Tanya Bradsher's mishandling of veterans' private, sensitive information — including whistleblowers' information — makes her ineligible for this role,” his office said in a statement to .com. “Sen. Grassley plans to continue working to shed light on Ms. Bradsher's shortcomings.”

    Grassley's office has not explicitly said he plans to place what's known as a hold on Bradsher, but he previously used the procedural tactic to stall the confirmation of the VA's under secretary for benefits over concerns about whistleblower protections.

    A hold does not prevent a nominee from being confirmed,…

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