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Shah to be named head of USAID

By Ed O'Keefe

The Post's Al Kamen and Mary Beth Sheridan report:

Under Secretary of Agriculture for Research, Education and Economics Rajiv Shah, is going to be named to head the Agency for International Development, sources familiar with the choice said Tuesday.

Shah, 36, is a medical doctor who worked for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and before that was a health care policy adviser on Al Gore's presidential campaign. He was confirmed by the Senate in May for his current position, which oversees food safety issues, energy and climate, agricultural productivity and global food security.

His selection ends a long search to find someone to head the beleaguered agency, which dispenses billions of dollars in aid each year to developing countries.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | November 10, 2009; 2:01 PM ET
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Revolving Door  
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