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 BidenTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot FireEye finds evidence Chinese hackers exploited Microsoft email app flaw since January Biden officials to travel to border amid influx of young migrants 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 TrumpTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot Intelligence community investigating links between lawmakers, Capitol rioters Michelle Obama slams 'partisan actions' to 'curtail access to ballot box' MORE’s Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoPompeo not ruling out 2024 White House bid Houthis: US sanctions prolonging war in Yemen China plays the Trump card, but Biden is not buying it MORE.

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


Biden’s nominee for the position of secretary, Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenSenators introduce bill creating technology partnerships to compete with China Overnight Health Care: Experts warn US risks delaying 'normal' summer | Alabama GOP governor extends mask mandate | Senate votes to take up relief bill Republicans demand arms embargo on Iran after militia strikes in Iraq 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 PowerBiden can build on Pope Francis's visit to Iraq Samantha Power's Herculean task: Turning a screw with a rubber screwdriver Biden taps career civil servants to acting posts at State, USAID, UN 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.  


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-GreenfieldAmerica's new multilateralism CBC 'unequivocally' endorses Shalanda Young for White House budget chief Blinken speaks with Ethiopian leader about human rights concerns in Tigray 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 PelosiOvernight Defense: Capitol Police may ask National Guard to stay | Biden's Pentagon policy nominee faces criticism | Naval Academy midshipmen moved to hotels Top Republican: 'Outrageous' to extend National Guard deployment at Capitol Progressives won't oppose bill over limits on stimulus checks 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.