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January 18, 2021

Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham announced on Monday that he will resign on Wednesday, the day President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated.

Dillingham's term was set to expire at the end of 2021, but last week, a watchdog agency said it found that Dillingham pressured employees to use state and federal administrative records to determine how many undocumented immigrants are in the U.S. He wanted a report on the information filed by Jan. 15; a whistleblower told the Office of Inspector General this was "statistically indefensible" and could be "misinterpreted, misused, or otherwise tarnish the bureau's reputation."

Several Democratic lawmakers and civil rights leaders called on Dillingham to resign. In a statement, Dillingham said he had thought about retiring earlier, but was encouraged to stay. "Let me make it clear that under other circumstances I would be honored to serve President-elect Biden just as I served the past five presidents," he added. A Census Bureau spokesman said Ron Jarmin, the current chief operating officer, will assume the director's duties. Catherine Garcia

December 9, 2020

After police raided the home of Rebekah Jones, a former Florida Department of Health data scientist who said she was fired after refusing to manipulate COVID-19 data, a Republican lawyer resigned from a state judicial panel in protest.

Ron Filipkowski was appointed to the nominating commission for Florida's 12th Circuit by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R). Jones' home was raided on Monday, and on Tuesday, Filipkowski sent a resignation letter to DeSantis' general counsel saying he believed the search warrant executed on Jones' home was "unconscionable" yet characteristic of the state's "reckless and irresponsible" handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Jones, who created Florida's COVID-19 dashboard, has said she was fired in May because she would not change data to make the numbers look better for Florida; state officials allege she was fired for insubordination. After leaving the Department of Health, Jones launched her own COVID-19 data dashboard, and her computer was seized during the raid. An affidavit attached to the search warrant alleges that in November, Jones hacked into a health department emergency communication platform and sent a message to employees, urging them to tell the truth about the seriousness of the pandemic; Jones has denied the accusation.

In an interview with The Washington Post on Wednesday, Filipkowski said it "just seems like it's not really about any kind of criminal investigation. It's about intimidation of her and sending a message to people currently working in state government that, 'This could be you.'" Filipkowski, a former state and federal prosecutor who now has a private criminal law practice, told the Post he submitted his resignation after he looked at the search warrant affidavit, and he doesn't believe DeSantis' spokesman's claim that the governor did not know about the raid in advance. Catherine Garcia

December 3, 2020

Alyssa Farah, the White House communications director, resigned on Thursday.

Farah, a former spokeswoman for the conservative House Freedom Caucus, was part of the Trump administration for more than three years, starting as press secretary under Vice President Mike Pence before moving over to the same role at the Defense Department. She became White House communications director in April.

Farah, 31, submitted her resignation letter on Thursday, The Washington Post reports, and wrote that being able to work in the White House was "the honor of a lifetime." Farah also said she is "deeply proud of the incredible things we were able to accomplish to make our country stronger, safer, and more secure." Farah, whose last day is Friday, plans on launching a consulting firm. Catherine Garcia

November 30, 2020

Dr. Scott Atlas, a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force known for going against public health experts and pushing for herd immunity, submitted his resignation letter to President Trump on Monday, Fox News reports.

During his tenure, Atlas, a neuroradiologist with no infectious disease background, called lockdowns "extremely harmful" and called on schools to reopen and for colleges to let students play sports. In October, he promoted misinformation about the coronavirus on Twitter, sharing false claims about the effectiveness of masks; Twitter removed his tweet, saying it was in violation of its policy against misleading COVID-19 statements.

Fox News obtained Atlas' resignation letter, dated Dec. 1, in which he states that he "worked hard with a singular focus — to save lives and help Americans through this pandemic." Atlas added that he "always relied on the latest science and evidence, without any political consideration or influence." Atlas was a special government employee on a 130-day detail, which was set to expire this week. Catherine Garcia

June 18, 2020

Mary Elizabeth Taylor, the assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs, submitted her resignation on Thursday to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, saying President Trump's actions "cut sharply against my core values and convictions."

Taylor, 30, was the youngest person to ever serve in the role, and was also the first black woman to hold the position. Prior to joining the State Department, she was an aide to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and worked in the Trump White House as deputy director for nominations.

The Washington Post obtained her resignation letter, which stated, "Moments of upheaval can change you, shift the trajectory of your life, and mold your character. The president's comments and actions surrounding racial injustice and black Americans cut sharply against my core values and convictions. I must follow the dictates of my conscience and resign as assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs."

Her resignation comes as the country grapples with the anti-racism and anti-police brutality protests that were triggered by the death of George Floyd. In recent weeks, Trump has said he would not support removing Confederate names from military bases, and his campaign originally scheduled a rally in Tulsa — a city that saw a deadly race massacre in 1921 — on Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the end of slavery. Catherine Garcia

October 2, 2019

Plácido Domingo is resigning as general director of the Los Angeles Opera amid an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against him.

Domingo announced his resignation Wednesday and in a statement said the allegations have "created an atmosphere in which my ability to serve this company that I so love has been compromised," The New York Times reports. He also said it is in the "best interests" of the Los Angeles Opera for him to resign while he will "continue to work to clear my name." Domingo has withdrawn from his upcoming performances.

The Associated Press in August published the allegations of eight singers and a dancer who alleged Domingo over the course of several decades pressured women into sexual relationships and punished some professionally when they rebuffed his advances. Almost three dozen other people also told the AP they witnessed Domingo's alleged inappropriate behavior. Domingo at the time said he "believed that all of my interactions and relationships were always welcomed and consensual."

The Los Angeles Opera announced in August it would investigate the allegations, which its president says will continue. Domingo also recently left the Metropolitan Opera. The Times wrote Wednesday that Domingo's departure from the Los Angeles Opera "raises the possibility" that his career may be "drawing to a close." Brendan Morrow

October 16, 2018

Less than a week after becoming the interim president and chief executive of USA Gymnastics, Mary Bono is stepping down from the role, following criticism from Olympians Simone Biles and Aly Raisman.

Bono is a former Republican congresswoman from Southern California. She recently tweeted a photo showing her covering up the Nike logo on her golf shoes, in response to Colin Kaepernick's Nike advertisement. "Don't worry, it's not like we needed a smarter USA Gymnastics president or any sponsors or anything," Biles tweeted.

Bono came under fire from Raisman due to her work with a law firm that many people believe helped USA Gymnastics cover up the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal. The former USA Gymnastics national team doctor is accused of molesting hundreds of gymnasts, and earlier this year, he was found guilty of sexual assault of minors. In the wake of the scandal, the entire USA Gymnastics board resigned in January, and a new president, Kerry Perry, was hired, although she resigned nine months later.

After sending in her resignation letter Tuesday, Bono released a defiant statement, saying she had to step down because of "personal attacks." She defended covering the Nike logo on her shoes, saying it was free speech, and said it wasn't fair that the tweet "has now been made the litmus test of my reputation over almost two decades of public service." She did not address Raisman's concerns. Catherine Garcia

November 1, 2017

British Defense Minister Michael Fallon sent his letter of resignation to Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday, writing, "I accept that in the past I have fallen below the high standards that we require of the armed forces that I have the honor to represent."

Fallon is a forceful May ally, and in recent weeks, he was one of several lawmakers accused of inappropriate behavior. He apologized earlier in the week for touching a radio reporter's knee in 2002, but in his letter to May, said other allegations made against him "have been false." Fallon is the first to resign amid the scandal, and his replacement is expected to be announced Thursday.

May has already demanded investigations into reports that her deputy, Damian Green, made a sexual advance toward a young woman and a Cabinet minister asked his female secretary to purchase sex toys. A Labour Party activist has also accused a senior party member of rape, and Parliament aides and researchers have compiled a list of people they have branded "sex pests," Reuters reports. House of Commons leader Andrea Leadsom on Monday said the government is going to get tough on sexual harassment claims, enforcing a code of conduct and setting up a grievance procedure. Catherine Garcia

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