Trump Administration Fires USAID Deputy Administrator To Allow Acting Administrator John Barsa To Continue To Lead Agency

Devex: Update: White House fires USAID deputy to keep Barsa at helm
“The White House has fired the U.S. Agency for International Development’s deputy administrator, Bonnie Glick, in an apparent move to allow the current acting administrator, John Barsa, to retain leadership of the agency. The firing comes as Barsa was warned that he was reaching the end of a 210-day legal limit on his appointment as acting administrator, which had appeared to pave the way for Glick, a Republican political appointee, to take over the agency…” (Igoe, 11/6).

The Hill: USAID deputy leader ousted in staff shakeup amid vote counting
“…Barsa, who was confirmed by the Senate as administrator for USAID’s Latin America and Caribbean bureau, assumed the acting administrator position in April following the departure in March of USAID administrator Mark Green. Under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act, Barsa’s term was expected to end as of midnight on November 6, approximately 210 days from the time the administrator’s position became vacant. Glick, as deputy administrator, was expected to assume leadership of USAID with Barsa’s termination. Yet the Friday night shake-up removed Glick as deputy administrator and inserted Barsa into the acting deputy role, and likely to allow him to lead the agency for an additional 210 days…” (Kelly, 11/6).

Additional coverage of USAID Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick’s termination is available from the New York Times and CNN. A press release from USAID on Glick’s departure can be found here.

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