Federal Employees Win Promotions With Bogus Degrees

An growing variety of federal workers are discovering that the trail to promotions is adorned with bogus on-line school levels, notably “doctorates.”

On July 27, 2007 I learn an obituary within the Washington Publish about Rhetaugh Dumas, PhD, RN, a nurse who grew to become a deputy director on the Nationwide Institute of Psychological Well being and a dean on the Bitcoin university of Michigan.

I used to be genuinely impressed till I found that Dumas earned her doctorate in 1975, allegedly from the Union Institute, a distance-learning college primarily based in Cincinnati. Union Institute? I by no means heard of the place, so I did some investigating.

Union Institute didn’t exist in 1975. Its predecessor was known as the Union for Experimenting Faculties and Universities. It started to grant levels in 1971, however didn’t achieve accreditation by the North Central Affiliation till 1985. 4 years later it was renamed Union Institute.

At present, the establishment provides a PhD in Interdisciplinary Research, an EdD in Training and a PsyD in medical psychology. The PsyD diploma, nonetheless, isn’t accredited by the American Psychological Affiliation, the acknowledged skilled accrediting company within the area.

Intrigued by what I found within the Dumas case, I did some extra analysis and got here throughout the title of Laura L. Callahan, a senior federal worker who acquired not one, however three bogus diplomas from a level mill known as Hamilton College, a “faculty” that operated out of a Motel 6 in Evanston, Wyoming. Upon receiving her “doctorate,” Callahan insisted that subordinates and associates consult with her as “Dr. Laura.”

Callahan’s fraud was found in Might, 1993, but she remained on the federal payroll for 10 months at a six-figure wage earlier than she was lastly compelled to resign.

On the request of Congress, the Common Accountability Workplace (GAO) did an audit of eight federal businesses, chosen at random, and recognized 463 extra individuals with bogus levels. The Division of Protection, with 257 phony degree-holders, had the worst file within the GAO examine pattern. One was Charles Abell, the Deputy Undersecretary of Protection for Personnel and Readiness. He claimed to have a grasp’s diploma from Columbus College in Louisiana-an group which was later closed by courtroom order. The investigators additionally discovered an Air Drive lieutenant colonel within the super-secret Nationwide Safety Company who claimed to have a grasp’s diploma from LaSalle College, a diploma mill primarily based in Mandeville, Louisiana. Patricia Walker nonetheless serves as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Protection, regardless that she claims to have a bachelor’s diploma from Pacific Western College, a diploma mill banned in Oregon and Hawaii.

The departments of Transportation, Homeland Safety, Justice and Treasury additionally had important numbers of high-ranking individuals with bogus levels, together with Daniel Matthews, the Chief Data Officer for the Division of Transportation. His resume included a bachelor’s diploma from Kent School-a infamous diploma mill.

Phony school diplomas abound within the federal workforce as a result of personnel officers merely do not hassle checking to see if educational credentials claimed by job candidates are legit. Employers within the non-public sector are extra vigilant, however often additionally they are fooled.

The federal authorities’s Workplace of Personnel Administration periodically holds seminars through which they practice personnel officers from numerous businesses on how one can detect credential fraud. Nonetheless, the outcomes of those coaching classes have been uneven; thus, the issue persists. Some businesses apparently simply switch offenders to different businesses, thus, thus making them “another person’s drawback.”