The Trump appointed director of the Census Bureau is leaving a week after a whistleblower complaint about his role in attempting to rush out an incomplete data report about noncitizens became public.
In an internal email announcement, Steven Dillingham said he is retiring, 11 months before his term expires at the end of this year. Dillingham later confirmed his plans, which were first reported by Talking Points Memo, in a blog post on the bureau’s website.
Dillingham’s departure removes all of Trump appointees at the agency as its civil servants continue to toil over 2020 census records. They are preparing for the release of the first results from last year’s national head count, which has been delayed until at least March 6th.