A top Veterans Affairs official criticized after the theft of a laptop containing 26.5 million veterans’ sensitive information is leaving to take a job in the private sector, the department said Wednesday.

Tim McClain, the VA’s general counsel since 2001, is resigning effective Sept. 1 to pursue unspecified opportunities elsewhere. He is the fifth official to leave the department following the May 3 theft of a laptop from a VA data analyst’s suburban Maryland home.