William J. Bennett plans to resign within a few days as the nation's leading anti-drug fighter, an administration official says.
The official said last night the White House would formally announce the resignation this week.
Bennett, 47, is the nation's first director of National Drug Control Policy. Aides have said he has grown visibly restless in the job in recent months, a result of less attention by the Bush administration and the press about the drug crisis.
"I think he feels that he has accomplished the key things he had to accomplish, which was to get things in the right direction," said the official, who spoke on the condition that he not be identified.