Department of Veterans Affairs Deputy Secretary W. Scott Gould (Department of Veterans Affairs)

Gould, who announced his departure three weeks ago, was assistant secretary of Commerce in the Clinton administration and for the last four years held the No. 2 spot at the VA.

Gould had also been deputy assistant secretary for finance and management at the Treasury Department during the Clinton administration. Earlier in his career Gould steered the city of Chelsea, Mass., out of bankruptcy as a governor’s appointee.

His wife, former undersecretary of defense for policy Michele Flournoy, has oft been mentioned as a possible Defense Department deputy secretary or secretary of Defense.