Shinseki said Gould brings expertise in information technology and managing large organizations. "Scott's experience in these areas, as well as his broad experience in the public sector, the private sector and the military, will prove invaluable for better serving our veterans," Shinseki said.
During the Clinton administration, Gould worked as chief financial officer and assistant secretary for administration at the Department of Commerce and as deputy assistant secretary for finance and management at the Treasury Department. He also served as a White House fellow, working at the Export-Import Bank of the United States and in the White House chief of staff's office.
During Obama's campaign, Gould co-chaired the National Veterans Policy Team, and worked on Obama's transition team as a member of the Veterans Agency Review Team. Gould received a bachelor of arts degree from Cornell University and a master's in business administration and doctorate in education from the University of Rochester. He is married to Michèle A. Flournoy, whom Obama has nominated to be undersecretary of defense for policy.