President George W. Bush today nominated Daniel L. Cooper, of Pennsylvania, to be Under Secretary for Benefits of the Department of Veterans Affairs, for a four-year term. Admiral Cooper currently serves as Under Secretary for Benefits. Prior to this, he served as Chairman of the Veterans Affairs Claims Processing Task Force. Earlier in his career, he was Vice President and General Manager of the Nuclear Services Division at Gilbert Commonwealth Incorporated. Admiral Cooper served the United States Navy for 33 years. He received his bachelor's degree from the United States Naval Academy and his master's degree from Harvard University.
George W. Bush, Personnel Announcement Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/283376