National Intelligence Director James Clapper has signed his letter of resignation that will take effect when President Barack Obama’s administration officially ends Jan. 20.
Clapper tendered his resignation two months ahead of the inauguration of Donald Trump as the country’s 45th president.
Clapper, who assumed the DNI post in August 2010, leads the U.S. intelligence community comprised of 17 agencies and concurrently serves as principal intelligence adviser to Obama.
He came to ODNI nearly six years after he completed his tenure as director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, which was known as the National Imagery and Mapping Agency when he joined in September 2001.
The 32-year military veteran also served three years in two administrations as defense undersecretary for intelligence and worked in the private sector for six years as an executive in three successive companies that provide support to the intelligence community.