With a growing number of Indian officials in U.S administration, another Indian-American, Rajiv Shah, has been inducted in Obama Administration as the head of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
The post of Administrator, of the federal agency responsible for all non-military aid by the US, had been kept vacant by the Obama Administration so far.
Dr Shah, currently serving as Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics and Chief Scientist at the US Department of Agriculture, will take his new job after he is confirmed by the Senate, a step that is in the offing. USAID, an independent federal agency, with a budget of over $40 billion and nearly 2000 employees, is responsible for most US non-military foreign aid.
On the occasion of Shah's nomination, Obama said, "The mission of USAID is to advance America's interests by strengthening our relationships abroad. Rajiv brings fresh ideas and the dedication and impressive background necessary to help guide USAID as it works to achieve this important goal".
If Shah's nomination is confirmed, then he would become the highest ranking Indian-American in any U.S. administration.