Dillingham Leaves Census Bureau After Whistleblower Complaints About Noncitizen Data Release

Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham announced his departure, effective January 20, eleven months before the end of his term. The announcement comes after whistleblower complaints came to light that Dillingham and senior political appointees were pressuring Census Bureau employees to rush the publication of a potentially ‚Äústatistically indefensible‚ÄĚ data report on noncitizens. Dillingham‚Äôs public announcement of his resignation included a response to questions posed by the Department of Commerce Inspector General‚Äôs Office regarding the noncitizens report. Dillingham‚Äôs announcement also notes that he has respect for President-elect Biden and had prepared, after requests from the Biden transition team, to stay on after the Presidential transition, but ‚ÄúI must do now what I think is best.‚ÄĚ Census Bureau Deputy Director Ron Jarmin will again serve as acting director of the Bureau, a position he held for over a year prior to Dillingham‚Äôs nomination.

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