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Press Statement
Sean McCormack, Spokesman
Washington, DC
April 27, 2007


Resignation of Ambassador Randall Tobias

Ambassador Randall Tobias informed Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice today that he must step down as Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance and US Agency for International Development Administrator  (USAID) effective immediately. He is returning to private life for personal reasons.

First as the administration's Ambassador for the President's Emergency Fund for AIDS relief (PEPFAR) then as USAID Administrator and Director of Foreign Assistance, Randy has been a leader in helping the most vulnerable populations around the globe whether it was by acting to alleviate hunger or preventing the spread of infectious disease or directing assistance to victims of natural disasters. Under Ambassador Tobias' leadership at PEPFAR, the United States supported delivery of life-saving antiretroviral treatment to hundreds of thousands of people and saved countless other lives through AIDS prevention programs. As the State Department's first Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance, Randy helped lead one of the Department's most far reaching reforms in recent memory, resulting in better matching of policy goals and delivery of international assistance. The lives saved and made better around the globe by Randy's work at the State Department constitute a rich legacy on which he can look back with justifiable pride.

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Released on April 27, 2007

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