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Eric Shinseki resigns as VA Secretary after an audit found a 'systemic lack of integrity' at some VA facilities. (Source: CNN) Eric Shinseki resigns as VA Secretary after an audit found a 'systemic lack of integrity' at some VA facilities. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) – Under pressure to leave his post as Veterans Affairs secretary, Eric Shinseki offered his resignation to President Obama Friday morning.

President Obama said Shinseki offered his resignation Friday morning, which he accepted with regret.

"He has worked hard to investigate and identify the problems with access to care," Obama said. "But as he told me this morning, the VA needs new leadership to address them,"

The president said the retired Army general did not want to be a distraction.

Shinseki's resignation came after mounting pressure from veterans groups and from congressional members from both parties for him to step down as failings in the VA medical system, long, sometimes deadly delays for care came to light.

An initial internal audit by the Department of Veterans Affairs released Friday found questionable scheduling practices regarding appointments signaling a "systemic lack of integrity" at some facilities.

Just before meeting with the president, Shinseki appeared at the annual Conference of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.

"I extend an apology to the people whom I care most deeply about and that's the veterans of this great country to their families and loved ones who I have been honored to serve for more than five years now," Shinseki said.

Even with Shinseki's departure, republican House Speaker, John Boehner, wants more action.

"Until the President outlines a vision and an effective plan for addressing the broad dysfunction at the VA, today's announcement really changes nothing," Boehner said.

Deputy VA Secretary Sloan Gibson will temporarily step into the agency's top post, as the White House searches for a permanent successor.

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