Douglas E. Dembling is the Associate Chief Officer for Program Coordination in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Public Health. In this capacity, Mr. Dembling is responsible for consulting, advising, and leading Public Health in areas of management, policy, planning, organization, administration, structure and development. He is responsible for coordinating within Public Health, with other offices in the Veterans Health Administration and VA, and with various other governmental and non-governmental entities.
Previously, Mr. Dembling was the Senior Congressional Relations Officer with VA's Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs (OCLA). In that position he was responsible for identifying and evaluating policies and legislation affecting VA that were of concern or interest to the Congress. He provided guidance and technical advice to Department leaders and managers on legislative and congressional oversight issues. Mr. Dembling's work with OCLA focused on health care issues, notably public health and environmental hazards as well as research and other areas. During his 16-year tenure with OCLA, Doug managed hundreds of congressional hearings and briefings involving top VA officials. He was responsible for researching hearing and oversight issues, briefing top Department officials, and representing VA's position to Members of Congress and their staff on numerous health care issues.
Before joining OCLA, Doug was a Senior Management Analyst with VA's Seattle Office of Inspector General, working at more than 25 VA health care facilities primarily in the West and Pacific Northwest. He was a team leader in his last position with the OIG, responsible for planning, supervising, and directing field reviews and management audits at VA facilities.