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Investing in People Supports Veterans' Affairs Mission

With more than 314,000 employees, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is the federal government's second largest department, responsible for a nationwide system of healthcare services, benefits programs, and national cemeteries for America's veterans and their dependents. As deputy secretary of VA since 2009, W. Scott Gould has shown himself to be a true champion of human capital. He has fought for and won training budgets that support more than 60 learning and development initiatives to help VA employees deliver on their mission of service—and show measurable results.

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Thu Mar 15 2012


People are the organization's most important asset. Training and developing them, therefore, is critical to the functioning of the organization. It's that simple.

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