Odd movement at the Agency for International Development. Sometime around late summer, AID general counsel Lisa Gomer was suddenly moved out of the counsel’s office and given some sort of “special” assignment, we heard.
All the lawyers on her team were told they could no longer talk to her about her work. This was especially problematic because she had planned a big meeting in Washington of agency lawyers, including folks stationed abroad, for October, and because of the situation, it had to be suddenly canceled.
Sources said this was a costly decision because of cancelation fees for reservations, air flights and such. The agency says not really, noting that the booked airline tickets were changeable without cost and the conference venue simply moved the booking to a new conference date in February.
Gomer, a Harvard Law School classmate of President Obama’s, is an international development veteran, having worked for the United Nations and been a consultant to the the United Nations Development Program.
No one at USAID appears to know what’s going on. There were even suspicions that her reassignment was being kept under wraps prior to the election. (Of course everyone suspected everything was kept under wraps until after the election. Besides, weeks after the election, it’s still under wraps.)
The agency is sticking with the usual “not at liberty to discuss,” but it appears that Gomer’s still in the building though not in or running the general counsel’s office. Deputy general counsel Susan Pascocello has moved up to acting general counsel for now.