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Allison Barber, who directed the now defunct American Forces Information Service that was the parent organization of Stars and Stripes, has resigned after seven years as a deputy assistant secretary of defense, officials said Monday.

Barber was also the head of America Supports You, a Defense Department public affairs program meant to give publicity to non-profit groups that support U.S. troops.

Her resignation comes just weeks after the Defense Media Activity began operations on Oct. 1 as the new umbrella group that will oversee all department of defense media. Stars and Stripes also falls under that organization, however, it remains an editorially independent newspaper.

Barber leaves as the Defense Department Office of the Inspector General is conducting an audit into whether American Supports You used the Stripes contracting office to improperly convert appropriated funds into non-appropriated funds, which are not allocated by Congress.

Her departure is not related to the audit, said Robert Hastings, principal deputy assistant of Defense, public affairs.

“She and I have been discussing the timing of her departure since early summer,” Hastings wrote in an e-mail Monday. “I asked her to stay until DMA was launched. Now that DMA is active and most of Allison's responsibilities have transferred, we agreed this week was a good time.”

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