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February 23, 2015

Embattled Aid Charity IRD Dismisses Board and Slashes Staff

A global aid organization under fire over how it used hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds designated for humanitarian and development projects in Iraq and Afghanistan has dismissed its board of directors and laid off 21 employees, The Washington Post reports. The moves come after several top managers resigned from International Relief and Development as part of a reorganization aimed at restoring the charity’s partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Arlington, Va.-based IRD has been one of USAID’s biggest contractors in recent years, receiving nearly $2.4-billion since 2007 to administer government-financed programs abroad. The federal agency suspended IRD last month, saying an investigation had found evidence of “serious misconduct” in the charity’s spending and project management. The layoffs announced Friday reduced IRD’s headquarters staff to 100, down from a high of 150.