Diploma mill inquiry reaches military

Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs

Two Capitol Hill leaders officially asked the General Accounting Office to expand its investigation of diploma mill degree holders to include the Defense Department.

In a letter sent this morning, Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Chairwoman Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and House Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.), asked GAO officials to broaden their investigation to include Defense personnel.

Collins and Davis originally requested the GAO investigation in July 2003. The GAO inquiry is to determine the extent of the problem regarding federal employees who hold diploma mill degrees, whether these degrees were used to obtain employment and promotions, and whether federal funds were used to pay for these degrees.

"We are now asking the GAO to examine diploma mill degree use and reimbursement at the [DOD] in order to get a more complete picture of the extent of the problem," the letter said.

The GAO investigation initially focused on the Departments of Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, Energy, Transportation, Education and Veteran's Affairs, the Office of Personnel Management and the Small Business Administration.

"No contender for a job — whether it's in the private sector or federal government — should lose out to a candidate because that candidate holds a bogus degree," Collins said.

Today's request follows a diploma mill meeting last week in which a proposal was made for the Education Department to develop an online listing of accredited institutions.

The original request for the GAO investigation followed the June 2003 revelation that Laura Callahan, a former deputy chief information officer at the Homeland Security Department, held degrees based on life experiences from Hamilton University.

Featured

  • Contracting
    8 prototypes of the border walls as tweeted by CBP San Diego

    DHS contractors face protests – on the streets

    Tech companies are facing protests internally from workers and externally from activists about doing for government amid controversial policies like "zero tolerance" for illegal immigration.

  • Workforce
    By Mark Van Scyoc Royalty-free stock photo ID: 285175268

    At OPM, Weichert pushes direct hire, pay agent changes

    Margaret Weichert, now acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, is clearing agencies to make direct hires in IT, cyber and other tech fields and is changing pay for specialized occupations.

  • Cloud
    Shutterstock ID ID: 222190471 By wk1003mike

    IBM protests JEDI cloud deal

    As the deadline to submit bids on the Pentagon's $10 billion, 10-year warfighter cloud deal draws near, IBM announced a legal protest.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.