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Another Former NASA Political Appointee Is Acting Extra Trumpy

By Keith Cowing
November 11, 2020
Another Former NASA Political Appointee Is Acting Extra Trumpy

Top Trump appointee at USAID tells colleagues not to support Biden transition, Washington Post
“John Barsa, who holds the title of acting deputy administrator, told political appointees at USAID on Monday afternoon that the agency would not cooperate with the transition until Murphy does so. Barsa has told colleagues in other conversations that Biden has not won and emphasized the importance of not abetting the process, two people said.”
Keith’s note: According to Wikipedia “During the George W. Bush Administration, Barsa worked as a legislative affairs special assistant at NASA.” and “Barsa became acting administrator [of USAID] on April 13, 2020, after the resignation of Mark Andrew Green. Under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998, he was required to step down after 210 days unless he was nominated for the position and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Instead, on November 6, 2020, Trump fired Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick and named Barsa to her position in an acting capacity, effectively keeping him at the helm of the agency, even though the role was a demotion.”
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