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.
Your tax dollars paid someone a long time to abuse her power to have employees work as her personal servants while working for the United States Department of Defense. Due to the onvestigation, Dana W. White RESIGNED on New Year's Eve 2018. #news
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.