Office of the General Counsel

The Office of the General Counsel (GC) provides legal advice, counsel, and services to the Agency and its officials and ensures that USAID programs are administered in accordance with legislative authorities. 

GC serves as the Agency's chief legal officer and is the principal advisor to the administrator on Agency-wide policy matters. GC also advises on legal matters concerning the operation and administration of USAID programs, and on matters relating to legislation or proposed legislation affecting USAID.

GC provides advice and guidance on congressional investigations and determines what legal courses of action are appropriate for the Agency. GC also maintains liaison with other government organizations to provide advice or assistance in interpreting or applying the legal authorities of the Agency and represents USAID in connection with legal matters affecting it.



John Simpkins
General Counsel
Independent Office
Susan Keller Pascocello
Deputy General Counsel - Civil Service
Independent Office
Haven Cruz-Hubbard
Deputy General Counsel
Independent Office

Last updated: October 09, 2015

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