Roche backs out of Army job

Air Force Secretary James Roche today withdrew his nomination for secretary of the Army.

"Given the range of issues before the Senate in a busy legislative year, I accept that my nomination is unlikely to be considered this year," said Roche in a March 10 Defense Department statement.

The Senate Armed Services Committee for eight months refused to consider Roche's nomination for the Army's top civilian position after he was chosen in July to replace Thomas White. The committee apparently snubbed Roche because of concern from women's groups about sex abuse allegations at the Air Force Academy and the Defense Department's investigation into the service's mismanagement of a multibillion-dollar deal to buy a new refueling aircraft from Boeing Co.

Roche's decision may open the door for Les Brownlee, the service's acting secretary and undersecretary of the Army under White, to fill the position.

Featured

  • innovation (Sergey Nivens/Shutterstock.com)

    VA embraces procurement challenges at scale

    Steve Kelman applauds the Department of Veterans Affairs' ambitious attempt to move beyond one-off prize-based contests to combat veteran suicides more effectively.

  • big data AI health data

    Where did the ideas for shutdowns and social distancing come from?

    Steve Kelman offers another story about hero civil servants (and a good president).

Stay Connected

FCW INSIDER

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.