Craigslist founder to sit on VA panel

Craigslist founder, Craig Newmark, has been selected by the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs to sit on a VA panel that will review ideas to improve disability claims processing times and provide greater transparency to vets.

“Transforming VA into an organization that is veteran-centric, results-oriented and forward-looking is my top priority,” Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki said in a press release. “Leveraging the talent, innovation and creativity of stakeholders, like Craig Newmark, is just one of the many ways VA can think outside of the box to help deliver tangible results to our nation’s veterans.”

Interesting selection by the VA. According to his bio on Wikipedia, Mr. Newmark is not a veteran. Nor, to my knowledge, does he have any experience with veterans disability claims. However, as a successful business founder and a leader in technology, Newmark may well offer insights that are fresh and relevant to the newest generation of veterans.

Read Craig Newmark’s blog on his appointment to a VA panel.