What’s going to happen to USAID? Jack Lew.

At the July 13 town hall meeting at USAID, Secretary Clinton was asked about the next USAID Administrator reporting to Jack Lew, the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources. Below is Secretary Clinton’s response:

The administrator of AID will certainly have a direct line to me, but on budget issues and coordination that will enable us to maximize our impact, I will expect the administrator to work with Deputy Secretary Lew. We believe that it will enhance the results that AID will see in terms of budget support.

And I take very seriously what you say about the changing winds of politics in Washington, which is why we’re trying to establish institutional structures like the QDDR so that it stands on its own, it provides a pathway for USAID no matter who is in charge in the White House or the State Department, and why we also want to build up USAID again and not see what’s been happening, which is a transfer of expertise and experience outside the agency, which we think has undermined the strength and the authoritative position of USAID within our own government as well as outside it.

So we’re trying to take steps that we believe will actually strengthen AID’s position no matter who’s in charge. But I would just end by saying you know when a new president is elected, policies change. So we’ve got to try to strengthen AID to withstand what might be a political atmosphere that was not as positive about development, and I think the steps we’re taking will enable us to do that.

Hillary Clinton
June 13, 2009 Town Hall at USAID

SFRC Hearings: Martinez, Avant, Thummalapally, Nay


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Time: 10:00 A.M.
Place: 419 Dirksen Senate Building
Presiding: Senator Kerry


To view the video of the confirmation hearings, click on the heading “NOMINATIONS” in this page and the Committee Channel should pop up. Click on the names of nominees to open up the pdf files of their testimonies/opening statements.

Insider Quote: Negroponte Moving On…

“I believe my experience in nine different countries on four continents during more than four decades of public service can provide useful insights and perspectives to the leadership of Agility as it guides the company to new levels of achievement. I also look forward to strengthening civilian/military partnerships that have been a consistent focus of my professional life starting with my service as a young diplomat in Vietnam right through to my work in the State Department on Iraq, including a tour as ambassador there in 2004-2005.”

Ambassador John Negroponte
Quoted in press release announcing Negroponte joins Agility DGS Board
(Agility DGS supplies food for U.S. troops in Iraq and provides logistics, commodities and supply chain services to the U.S. government, government customers in Europe and the Middle East, and the United Nations).