U.S.- CNN reported that the officer appointed by Donald Trump announced his resignation on Monday, almost a year before the end of his term overseeing the 2020 census.
The announcement by the Census Bureau director, Steve Dillingham, comes days after the Trump administration withdrew its latest attempt to exclude unspecified migrants from a major count of the nation’s population.
The exit would avoid the possibility of him being fired by the incoming Biden administration, which has indicated that it will not follow the Trump administration’s plan to exclude non-citizens if it distributes congressional seats among states.
Dillingham wrote in a note that he sent to Census Bureau staff that he would retire at noon on Wednesday, when the Trump administration handed over the reins of government.
Dillingham’s term will end later this year.
In internal messages, Dillingham listed a last-minute order to count “non-supreme individuals” as the highest priority, “even though the Census Bureau is working on significant information discrepancies in its decisive number of populations. Delay in data production, whose deadline was 31 December.
Commerce Department inspector — an internal watchdog, which monitors the census, revealed that guideline last week.
The staff commented to the inspector general that “they were under great pressure to produce their technical reports” and that “incomplete information could be misused, misused or tarnished the reputation of the bureau . “
Dillingham commented that “he received an invitation from an officer of President-elect Biden’s transition to continue his services during and after the transition,” although he did not specify whether the officer officially requested the order Aware of or not the last time to involve non-citizens