Shulkin has been under recent fire for a more-than-weeklong taxpayer funded trip to England and Denmark previous year after an investigation by Veterans Affairs Inspector General Michael Missal found "serious derelictions" in how the trip was handled.
"I do recognize the optics of this are not good", Shulkin said at a House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing.
"I do regret the decisions that have been made that have taken the focus off that important work", Secretary Shulkin said in response.
The hearing follows a damning report issued Wednesday from VA's inspector general, Michael J. Missal. In the report, the inspector general said Shulkin improperly accepted tickets to Wimbledon in 2017 and used taxpayer dollars for his wife's airfare to Europe.
The IG recommended that Shulkin reimburse the VA for his wife's airfare, repay the cost of the Wimbledon tickets to Gosling or pay the same amount to the U.S. Treasury. "We're counting on Dr. Shulkin to actively address all of the allegations outlined in this report".
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The inspector general began a review in October after The Washington Post reported that Shulkin and his wife had spent almost half their time on personal activities during the European trip. "However, it was clear from the extensive communications between Mr. Gough and Dr. Bari that he spent many hours attending to the personal aspects of the trip on their behalf that exceeded what was required to notify the security detail of their proposed movements", said the report. She then took this email to ethics officials, who had previously denied a request to pay for Bari's travel, and received approval to cover her $4,300 plane ticket with taxpayer funds.
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Mr Missal also claims that Mr Shulkin's chief of staff doctored an email from an aide coordinating the trip to make it appear as though Mr Shulkin was receiving an award from the Danish government.
The report also included details of altered emails to justify Shulkin's wife's attendance, in order to have her airfare billed to the VA; the use of a program manager employee as a travel "concierge"; poor bookkeeping that made tracking expenses hard; allegations over inappropriately accepted Wimbledon tennis match tickets; and shifting public accounts of the trip in the face of mounting media pressure.
Roe said he believes Shulkin's intentions to serve and care for the nation's veterans are clear and said Shulkin has the "mission at heart".
The trip included a weekend during which Shulkin and his wife did sightseeing.
Other problems the IG report cited with the trip included directing misuse of a subordinate's official time and false statements made by the VA to the media about the trip.