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The California Public Employees' Retirement System yesterday announced that private equity chief Real Desrochers is stepping down, effective this Friday, in order to join an unidentified "overseas investment bank."

Why it matters: CalPERS is the nation's largest investor in private equity funds, with $26.4 billion in exposure through the end of its most recent fiscal year. But it has made major strategy changes under Desrochers, who joined in 2011 after several years of private equity-related scandal at the public pension giant. One has been to hold a very tough line on fees, which has saved CalPERS money in some cases and cost it lucrative contracts in others. Another has been to begin consolidating the pension's number of outside manager relationships, while committing more money to select managers.

Controversy: Desrochers came under fire in late 2015 (including by yours truly), after providing inaccurate information during a public board hearing.

Timing: Axios has learned that the CalPERS board learned abut Desrochers' resignation less than an hour before a public statement was made. Moreover, while CalPERS named Desrochers deputy Sarah Corr as interim private equity head, there has been no decision made yet on whether or not to launch a formal search for his successor. Instead, a spokesman says that the system will "evaluate the position as they discuss the role of private equity... [which] will be discussed at our board meeting the week of April 17." It is worth noting that this sort of search process at CalPERS can be launched without prior board approvbal.

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Why it matters: Correa is the latest Democratic lawmaker to share his positive test results after last week's deadly Capitol riot. Correa did not shelter in the designated safe zone with his congressional colleagues during the siege, per a spokesperson, instead staying outside to help Capitol Police.

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The FBI arrested far-right media figure Tim Gionet, known as "Baked Alaska," on Saturday for his involvement in last week's Capitol riot, according to a statement of facts filed in the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia.

The state of play: Gionet was arrested in Houston on charges related to disorderly or disruptive conduct on the Capitol grounds or in any of the Capitol buildings with the intent to impede, disrupt, or disturb the orderly conduct of a session, per AP.

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