Swearing In Ceremony for USAID Administrator, Dr. Rajiv Shah

Thursday, January 7, 2010 Press Release J E 4

Dr. Rajiv Shah will be sworn-in as the 16th Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) on Thursday, January 7 at the USAID headquarters in the Ronald Reagan Building.  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will preside at the event and administer the oath of office to Dr. Shah.  


Shah was nominated by President Obama to be Administrator of USAID on November 10, 2009.  He will be responsible for managing U.S. foreign assistance, including support to countries recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty and engaging in democratic reforms. In addition, he will oversee a staff of approximately 8,000, of whom more than 75 percent are working overseas in USAID field offices.

WHAT: Swearing-in ceremony for USAID Administrator, Dr. Rajiv Shah.

WHERE: The Atrium Ballroom

Ronald Regan Building

1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Washington DC 20523

Please use 14th Street entrance between Constitution and Pennsylvania Ave.

WHEN:  Thursday, January 07, 2010

1:30 p.m.2:30 p.m.

Preset for cameras is from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

(All video cameras must be positioned no later than 1:00 p.m.)

Final access for writers and still photographers is 1:00 p.m.

Media will be able to record the Secretary's comments.  No question and answer period will be available.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of the following:

(1) a U.S. government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center); (2) a media-issued photo identification card; or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification (driver's license or passport).

To RSVP, please reply via e-mail to or (202) 712-4320.  

For more information about USAID, visit


Press Office: 202-712-4320

Public Information: 202-712-4810

/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- Jan. 6/

SOURCE U.S. Agency for International Development



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