Gast is no stranger to USAID. He was, until June 2011, the head of the agency’s mission in Afghanistan and also served as acting assistant administrator of USAID’s Africa bureau in 2009. He has held positions in various USAID missions around the world, including in Iraq, Kosovo, Georgia and the Philippines, and was the agency’s representative to the U.N. agencies in Rome in 2004.
The announcement of Gast’s nomination is the Obama administration’s latest move to complete the senior leadership team at USAID. As of Sept. 28, there are still four vacant assistant administrator positions at the agency, including for its Africa division.
Gast must be confirmed by the Senate before he can assume office.
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