Elaine McCusker, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, acting Comptroller, has submitted her resignation after rising up against the White House by questioning the legality of holding up weapons funding for the Ukraine during the impeachment attempt.
McCusker has over ten years of civil service employment and previously worked for the Armed Services Committee under the Obama administration.
Despite support for her work for the Department of Defense (DoD), questioning the funding for the Ukraine cost her the job of full Comptroller. She was announced as the nominee for the full comptroller job, but did not then receive a hearing in front of the Armed Services Committee.
When the impeachment process concluded, President Trump was acquitted of all charges by the Senate in February. But the fate of McCusker’s nomination hung in the balance and was placed under intense scrutiny. The nomination for McCusker was withdrawn by the White House by early March.
During the past 18 months in her role as acting Comptroller, McCusker played a critical role in the audit process and developing FY20 and FY21 budgets.
Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper: “Since joining the Department of Defense Elaine has worked tirelessly to ensure that our budgeting and audit processes give full value to the taxpayer while meeting the enormous security needs of our nation as well as the men and women who serve it. I am grateful for her dedication to public service and the contributions that she has made to the Department and wish her the very best in her future endeavors.”
Her resignation is effective June 26.