Obama friend Desiree Rogers was criticized after Nov. security breach.
WASHINGTON - White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers intends to step down in March, the Chicago Sun Times reported Friday.
Rogers, a longtime friend of President Barack Obama and the first lady, told the newspaper that "this is a good time for me to explore opportunities in the corporate world." During the president's first year, she coordinated over 300 events at the White House.
An administration official confirmed the report to NBC News.
Rogers was criticized for failing to prevent a publicity-seeking couple from entering the White House during a Nov. 24 state dinner without being on the guest list. The White House cited the rule of separation of powers in its decision not to allow Rogers to testify before a House committee investigating the "gatecrashing" incident.
In the past, at state dinners and similar events, a member of the White House social office or other White House staff stood with the Secret Service as guests entered. No one from the White House was with the Secret Service on Nov. 24.