U.S. Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Affairs Tony M. Babauta has resigned from his post, some two months since he had been placed on administrative leave in November when federal investigators started reviewing a still unspecified grant that his office awarded as well as his travel.
Guam Delegete Madeleine Bordallo announced Babauta's recent resignation in a news release Saturday.
Babauta, a native of Guam, is among the highest-ranking native Pacific Islander serving in the U.S. government. His office has oversight over U.S. insular areas such as the CNMI, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.
“Guam and the territories have been well served by Tony's leadership,” Bordallo said. “As Assistant Secretary, Tony always pushed for the best interests of our people and worked to improve the unique disparities of the insular areas. Although his resignation marks the loss of an important ally for our Pacific Island and Caribbean communities, I am confident he will be successful in his future endeavors.”
More information to follow.