In the past it has been a courtesy to provide transitioning office space and resources to departing secretaries of defense.
“Given Mr. Miller’s acting capacity in that role, as well as reduced staffing and occupation of the Pentagon and auxiliary offices during Covid-19, we deemed it appropriate not to extend that perk in this instance,” the official said. Miller was named acting secretary on November 9.
CNN has asked the Department of Defense for comment.
The strained relationship between the incoming and outgoing administrations has seen several controversial last minute moves.
Miller’s appointment preceded a post-election purge that saw some of the senior-most Defense Department civilians ousted in a matter of days, including the leaders of the Defeat-ISIS task force, the top Pentagon officials overseeing policy and intelligence, and the undersecretary of defense for intelligence, among others. The positions were quickly filled with individuals perceived as Trump loyalists.
CNN’s Oren Liebermann, Jeff Zeleny, Sarah Mucha, Jeremy Herb and Zachary Cohen contributed to this report.