Eric Shinseki Apologizes but Doesn't Resign **UPDATE** Resigns

**UPDATE** President Obama announced Friday morning that Eric Shinseki offered his resignation, which Obama accepted.

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki apologized for the Veterans Affairs scandal, admitting that it was worse that he thought.

“I said when this situation began weeks to months ago that I thought the problem was limited and isolated because I believed that,” he said at a conference for homelessness among veterans this morning. “I no longer believe it. It is systemic.”

Shinseki reacted to a preliminary Inspector General’s report confirming details at a Phoenix veterans health care facility and announced that he would remove the senior administrators from that facility. He also announced that senior executives would not receive any performance-based bonuses in 2014.

Shinseki admitted that he was “too trusting” of senior leadership at Veterans Affairs and took responsibility for their actions.

“I apologize as the senior leader of the Department of Veterans Affairs. I extend that apology to the people whom I care most deeply about, that's the veterans of this great country, to their families and loved ones who I have been honored to serve,” he said.

Although Shinseki spent a large part of his speech apologizing and reflecting on his failures, he did not answer calls for his resignation, instead vowing changes at the agency.

He also endorsed a bill proposed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (R-VT) to give the Secretary of Veterans Affairs greater authority to fire people.


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