Eric Shinseki has resigned as Veterans Affairs Secretary.
President Barack Obama made the announcement after a closed door meeting Friday morning.
"A few minutes ago, Secretary Shinseki offered me his own resignation. With considerable regret, I accepted," the President said in a conference around 10:30 Friday morning.
Just an hour before Shinseki apologized, announced changes and recognized the extent of problems in the VA system.
He apologized to veterans and congress for not recognizing the issues earlier, but declared that the situation can be fixed.
The VA has acknowledged 23 deaths nationwide due to delayed care.
Deputy VA secretary Sloan Gibson will run the department on an interim basis while he searches for Shinseki's replacement.