The Department of Justice announced Friday that Kenneth H. White would resign as Fema’s administrator.
In a memo to staff, White said that he was leaving in order to focus on other responsibilities.
The announcement came amid a scandal involving former Fema chief executive and president Kenneth M. Duval.
White, who had been under investigation by the department’s inspector general for a possible conflict of interest in Fema, had been nominated by President Trump in 2018.
He served as Fems’ chief executive from 2012 to 2017, a period during which it cut nearly half of its workforce.
He has been accused of mismanaging the agency during the agency’s controversial tenure, and for alleged ties to Duval’s administration.
“As a result of the ongoing investigation, Kenneth has decided to resign,” DOJ spokesperson Jennifer Jenkins said in a statement.
According to the letter from the acting deputy assistant attorney general for the office, White is leaving the federal government at the end of his term.
He has until March 1 to respond to the inspector general’s report.
After his appointment, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it would investigate whether Duval violated the Hatch Act, a law that prohibits federal employees from working for a political candidate.
The Hatch Act was passed in 1976 to prevent employees from participating in political campaigns.
In 2018, the Office of Government Ethics reported that Duval received more than $3 million from Fema.
On Friday, Fema said that it was in the process of withdrawing White from his position.
A statement from the Fema organization, issued in response to the resignation, said that the government was working on the best possible plan to manage its finances and that it welcomed White’s departure.
Fema’s statement said that in his new role, White will focus on a wide range of administrative and legal tasks that include assisting the agency with its oversight of Fema and other federal programs.
It said that White has also volunteered his services to other federal agencies and that he has been offered a position with the United Nations.
Earlier this month, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that Duva’s term as Femen leader had expired.
Duval was a convicted felon and convicted on multiple felony counts.
Hatch Act violation: White faces charges of accepting gifts and loans from a foreign government source New Herald reported that the Department, which is responsible for enforcing the Hatch Law, has issued subpoenas to four people to testify about what they know about White’s past dealings with Duval and Fema members.
At least one of those subpoenas, filed in February 2018, asked White to testify on his past involvement in the agency, including whether he had ever received a grant from Femen or had any involvement with the organization.
However, White has repeatedly denied having any ties to the organization, saying he was a volunteer and never received any money.
HHS has also sent a letter to White, requesting his response to questions about his activities in Femen, including how he handled the agency when he was appointed as FMs chief executive.
Under the Hatch-Duval law, Femen was given a special status under the Justice Department and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2009 after a report found that it violated the law by failing to provide information to federal investigators and officials.
The U.N. special rapporteur on sexual violence in conflict-affected countries has accused Femen of violating the law.
But in a separate letter, White told the government that he did not receive any gifts or loans from Fems during his tenure as the agency chief.
More than 2,000 Femen activists and activists across the country were arrested and charged with felonies, including murder, in response.