updated 5/8/2007 8:15:50 AM ET 2007-05-08T12:15:50

President Bush moved Monday to replace Randall Tobias, the State Department official who resigned abruptly after being linked to a Washington call girl scandal.

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Bush nominated Henrietta Holsman Fore to be the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, subject to Senate confirmation. Fore will also be the acting administrator, meaning she can start serving immediately.

USAID is an independent federal agency that receives foreign policy guidance from the secretary of state and works to advance U.S. foreign policy goals.

Fore currently serves as undersecretary of state for management. She has also served as director of the U.S. Mint. Earlier in her career, she served as assistant administrator for private enterprise and then assistant administrator for Asia at USAID.

Tobias, a former corporate executive who headed two major American companies before entering government, was the administrator of USAID and held the additional title of director of foreign assistance. He resigned on April 27.

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