US official: Intelligence director resigns

January 27, 2009 10:12:15 AM PST
A U.S. official says National Intelligence Director Michael McConnell has resigned his post. The official, who asked not to be named because the resignation has not been announced, said Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Burgess, Jr. is temporarily serving as acting national intelligence director.

President Barack Obama has nominated retired Adm. Dennis Blair to be the next intelligence director. He would oversee a budget of nearly $50 billion and a work force of more than 100,000 spread across 16 agencies.

Obama has asked McConnell to serve on the President's Intelligence Advisory Board. McConnell was the nation's second national intelligence director and has served in the job for nearly two years. The position was created in 2004.

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