TULSA - The embattled Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, has stepped down effective immediately.
President Barack Obama spoke shortly after 10:15 a.m. Friday, saying he had "regretfully" accepted the former Secretary's resignation.
He said he had a "serious conversation" with Shinseki regarding the growing clamor for a resignation in the wake of problems at VA hospitals, a scandal which started with a whistle blower in Phoenix and quickly grew into a national embarrassment.
The President said he has asked some high-ranking VA staff to stay on, and that the search for a new Secretary will begin immediately.
He added that bonuses for VA executives would not be paid.
Earlier in the week, Shinseki apologized to “members of Congress who have supported me, to veterans’ service organizations who have been my partner for five years, and to the American people. All of them deserve better from their VA.”