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Pres. Obama Announces Nominees For Two USAID Leadership Posts

President Barack Obama has announced his intention to fill two more leadership positions at USAID, Foreign Policy’s “The Cable” blog reports. According to the blog, Donald Steinberg has been tapped as USAID deputy administrator and Nancy Lindborg as assistant administrator for the USAID Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Affairs Bureau.

“That brings the total number of top USAID leadership appointments announced to 5 out of the 12 jobs at the organization that require confirmation by the Senate. Of those 5, only one USAID leader has been confirmed … administrator Rajiv Shah,” the blog reports (Rogin, 8/5).

In a White House statement that included the Steinberg announcement as well as four other non-USAID related appointments, Obama said, “I am grateful these accomplished men and women have agreed to join this administration, and I’m confident they will serve ably in these important roles. I look forward to working with them in the coming months and years” (8/5).

Steinberg is currently the deputy president for policy at the International Crisis Group and Lindborg is “the president of Mercy Corps, a global relief and development NGO. She also serves as co-president of the board of directors for the U.S. Global Leadership Campaign,” according to The Cable (8/5).