On March 28, 2008, the resignation of Felipe Sixto, a special assistant to the President for intergovernmental affairs, was announced by the White House. He had been promoted to the post on March 1, 2008 and had worked in the office since July 2007. His job had been to liaise with state lawmakers, Native Americans, and Hispanics in areas concerning Cuba, Puerto Rico, and domestic issues. Sixto’s resignation came after the Center for A Free Cuba, his previous employer, came across evidence of his misuse of undisclosed amounts of USAID grant money. The matter was turned over to the USAID Inspector General who is investigating.
On November 21, 2008, Sixto was charged with theft via a criminal information as part of a plea bargain.