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McDonough, a former White House Chief of Staff, is only the second non-veteran ever to be confirmed to lead the department.
If confirmed, Denis McDonough would be only the second non-veteran to lead Veterans Affairs.
Department officials have already reported more deaths in January than any other month of the pandemic.
Dat Tran, the top data and technology official at VA, will serve as acting secretary until Denis McDonough is confirmed.