The Pentagon said Sunday that Tata has withdrawn his nomination.
His nomination hearing was canceled Thursday.
“There are many Democrats and Republicans who didn’t know enough about Anthony Tata to consider him for a very significant position at this time,” Oklahoma Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said last week.
A Pentagon spokesperson said that Tata has formally withdrawn his nomination and “has been designated as the official Performing the Duties of the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Policy reporting to the Acting Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Dr. James Anderson.”
This is a breaking story and will be updated.