Updated January 22, 2021: Peace Corps reports that President Biden has appointed Carol Spahn as Acting Peace Corps Director.
I wrote to Director Olsen about the transition planning and who would be “in charge” at Peace Corps until the new Director is confirmed. Here is her response:
Thank you for reaching out.
The transition from one Executive branch administration to the next is a hallmark of our constitutional democracy. We have a succession plan in place to ensure a smooth and effective transition for the incoming administration. Our plan was shared previously with the General Services Administration (GSA), in accordance with government-wide guidance, and members of our Agency Review Team (ART).
I can now share with you the name of the staff member who will be stepping in as our Acting Director pending an appointment by the new Administration. I am pleased to say that our ART members have been working effectively and diligently to identify new appointees and I am very confident that new leadership will begin to move in smoothly and as quickly as possible into our wonderful agency.
Carol Spahn, former Country Director in Malawi, Peace Corps Volunteer in Romania, and most recently Africa ChOps, will take on the role in my absence until it is filled by a senate confirmed appointee.
For legal reasons related to the Vacancies Reform Act, Carol Spahn will not use the title “Acting Director” but, instead, will use the title “Chief Executive Officer.” I am thrilled that she will be taking on this role, and will be meeting with her every day until I depart for a seamless handoff.
I hope you are doing well and staying safe during these unprecedented times, and as always, thank you for your service in Colombia.
Jody K. Olsen