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Biden taps career civil servants to acting posts at State, USAID, UN

Biden taps career civil servants to acting posts at State, USAID, UN
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President BidenJoe BidenNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors Biden celebrates vaccine approval but warns 'current improvement could reverse' MORE has chosen a career civil servant at the State Department for acting Secretary of State, while his nominee for the position awaits Senate confirmation. 

Dan Smith, who served as director of the Foreign Service Institute since 2018, was appointed as acting secretary of State on Wednesday. His appointment follows the departure of President TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 MORE’s Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoUS intel: Saudi crown prince approved Khashoggi killing Golden statue of Trump at CPAC ridiculed online Five things to watch at CPAC MORE.

Smith holds the highest diplomatic rank of "career ambassador" and is a senior member of the Foreign Service. 

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Biden’s nominee for the position of secretary, Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenOvernight Defense: Biden sends message with Syria airstrike | US intel points to Saudi crown prince in Khashoggi killing | Pentagon launches civilian-led sexual assault commission Florida Republicans push Biden to implement Trump order on Venezuela Intelligence official says Khashoggi report 'obviously' will challenge Saudi relationship MORE, sat for his confirmation hearing with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday but an announcement on when the Senate will vote on his confirmation has yet to be determined. 

The president has vowed to return the U.S. to the global stage and said in his inaugural speech Wednesday that his administration will work to repair alliances and engagement with the world. 

Other key acting agency heads that will take on that role include Biden’s designate for acting head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Gloria Steele.

Steele most recently served as senior deputy assistant administrator for Asia. 

Biden has nominated Samantha PowerSamantha PowerSamantha Power's Herculean task: Turning a screw with a rubber screwdriver Biden taps career civil servants to acting posts at State, USAID, UN The Hill's Morning Report - Trump impeached again; now what? MORE, who served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, to be the director of USAID. A hearing on her confirmation has yet to be announced.  

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At the United Nations, Biden is elevating Rich Mills, the Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. to the U.N., as acting ambassador.

He is expected to be replaced by veteran diplomat and former senior State Department official Linda Thomas-GreenfieldLinda Thomas-GreenfieldPolitics, not racism or sexism, explain opposition to Biden Cabinet nominees The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - J&J A-OK, Tanden in Trouble The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Finger-pointing on Capitol riot; GOP balks at Biden relief plan MORE, who Biden has nominated for the Ambassador post and that will also be a Cabinet position. 

The amount of time each acting official serves in their position will vary as the Senate works toward carrying out confirmation hearings and votes on nominees.

The Senate’s duties are also expected to be split in their duty to carry out an impeachment trial against President Trump, once House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMcCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 After vote against coronavirus relief package, Golden calls for more bipartisanship in Congress Democrats don't trust GOP on 1/6 commission: 'These people are dangerous' MORE sends over the article of impeachment accusing Trump of inciting the attack on the Capitol by a mob of his supporters on Jan. 6.