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  • Dana White, spokeswoman for Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, is under investigation by the Defense Department inspector general’s office, according to several officials familiar with the case. (Defense Department photo).

    Dana White, spokeswoman for Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, is under investigation by the Defense Department inspector general’s office, according to several officials familiar with the case. (Defense Department photo). | Photo: Defense Department photo

Published 1 January 2019

Dana W. White, a top spokeswoman for the Pentagon, stepped-down from her post on New Years' Eve after allegations she mistreated staff under her watch.

The Defense Department’s top spokeswoman, Dana W. White, has resigned from her post after allegations she mistreated employees under her watch, according to the Washington Post.

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White had been under investigation since May over whether she mistreated employees, yet chose to bow out on New Years' Eve, mere hours after the departure of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

White, author of Leader Designed: Become the Leader You Were Made to Be, had been accused of misconduct, ranging from retrieving her dry cleaning, to getting her lunch, while the Daily Mail reports that she allegedly had a staff member drive her to work on a snowy day and when they complained she wrote them a check to cover the cost of the trip. 

A Defense Department spokesperson on Tuesday confirmed White had resigned from her position as assistant to the Secretary of Defense for public affairs. Charles E. Summers, Jr., replaced White, becoming “acting” assistant to the defense secretary, according to the Pentagon.

According to CNBC, investigators were also looking into allegations that White removed at least four DoD employees who'd complained about her conduct and had them reassigned as acts of reprisal. A Pentagon spokesperson confirmed the investigation in August.

Pentagon ethics guidelines say that "a DoD official may not direct or request subordinates to use official time to perform any activities other than official activities." White is currently being investigated by the DoD's inspector general.

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