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Yesterday, the Senate confirmed the nomination of MCC CEO Daniel Yohannes to represent the United States in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.  Yohannes’ impending departure from MCC leaves a big gap in the agency’s top leadership until the Senate confirms the White House nominee, Dana Hyde, as new CEO. 

Hyde, whose nomination hearing back in November was smooth and uncontroversial, is on the White House’s list of priority nominees, but so far the Senate has not hinted when they might get around to signing off on her.  Let’s hope they do so before they leave town for their upcoming two-week recess, so MCC can have as smooth a transition as possible.  Plus, MCC is doing some interesting strategic thinking these days—taking stock of lessons learned from its first decade of operations, gearing up for a new strategic plan, and exploring some innovative financing methods (including COD Aid).  It will need its top leadership in place to move these things forward.