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Administrator Samantha Power Establishes a Two-Deputies Structure for USAID
June 5, 2021
5:46 pm
Tish Butler
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Office of Origin: AID/A
Notice Category: Administrator
Date of Announcement: June 3, 2021
Distribution: USAID/General Notice

Establishing a Two-Deputies Structure

Dear colleagues,

I am very pleased to announce important new structural changes at USAID. Heeding the feedback we have heard from many of you, USAID has removed the “Associate Administrators” management layer and created an additional Deputy Administrator position, shifting to a two-Deputy Administrator structure. Today, President Biden announced his intent to nominate Paloma Adams-Allen and Ambassador Isobel Coleman to be USAID’s Deputy Administrators (DA) under the new two-DA structure.

As the U.S. government’s lead global development agency, USAID oversees billions of dollars in assistance in more than 100 countries confronting such issues as COVID-19, climate change, conflict, poverty, and food insecurity. In addition to meeting these challenges head on, I am committed to institutionally strengthening the Agency and ensuring we have the dedicated leadership needed to focus on management, resources and our workforce. This new organizational structure will provide the management and oversight leadership necessary to meet our responsibilities advancing U.S. interests and values and tackling the toughest challenges of our time.

Given the urgent need to steward the Agency’s resources effectively while driving necessary reforms to improve our efficiency and impact, the existing Deputy Administrator position will focus on the Agency’s management and resources. The existing Deputy Administrator will also continue to be the designated statutory Chief Operating Officer (COO). This new structure will allow the existing Deputy Administrator position to focus on the oversight of the management and administrative Bureaus and Independent Offices that make USAID’s field-based programming possible.

The existing Deputy position will:
• Report directly to the Administrator and serve as the principal advisor on budget, finance, management and institutional policy, operations, and external relations.
• Provide strategic policy guidance to the Office of Budget and Resource Management (BRM); Office of Civil Rights and Diversity (OCRD); Bureau for Foreign Assistance (FA); Office of Human Capital and Talent Management (HCTM); Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs (LPA); Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning (PPL); Bureau for Management (M); Office of Security (SEC); and Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU).
• Lead a robust and integrated rebuilding and reform effort on all aspects of management, personnel, and long-term positioning of the Agency.
• Represent the Agency at high-level interagency meetings and external events that involve the responsibilities of these Bureaus.

The new Deputy Administrator position will be responsible for program and policy oversight, including oversight of the Agency’s Regional and Pillar Bureaus. This structure will allow USAID to better address crises, counter the malign influence of China and Russia, support efforts to address the root causes of irregular migration, and support countries to prevent famine and future pandemics as well as improve education, health, democracy, economic growth, and climate change outcomes.

The new Deputy Administrator will provide overall strategic guidance to the Bureaus for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA); Conflict-Prevention and Stabilization (CPS); Resilience and Food Security (RFS); Development, Democracy, and Innovation (DDI); and Global Health (GH); as well as the five Regional Bureaus.

The new Deputy Administrator will:
• Report directly to the Administrator to provide strategic guidance for policy and programming within these Bureaus’ areas of responsibility.
• Serve as the principal advisor to the Agency and the Administrator on the policies, mandates, and work of these Bureaus to improve the Agency’s effectiveness in addressing crises and building resilience.
• Strengthen cohesive engagement on high-level policy and planning issues common to two or more of the Bureaus.
• Represent the Agency at high-level interagency meetings and external events regarding the areas of responsibility of these Bureaus.

This new organizational structure will provide the management, programmatic, and policy leadership commensurate with the important responsibilities given to the Agency by the U.S. Congress and the American people.

I want to thank those in the Front Office, LPA, HCTM, PPL, the M Bureau, and the Office of the General Counsel who have assisted in shaping this structure and completing the Congressional Notification process to usher in this change. With this new structure in place—and two great candidates nominated to serve in these roles—I am confident we will be best positioned to lead the U.S. response to the world’s most pressing challenges.

Administrator Samantha Power

Any questions concerning this notice may be directed to:
— Margaret Taylor, LPA, (202) 664-0454,

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