Crooked Betsy DeVos

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  1. Jayfar

    Jayfar I'm very old®

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    Education Department Unwinds Unit Investigating Fraud at For-Profits NYTimes.com

    WASHINGTON — Members of a special team at the Education Department that had been investigating widespread abuses by for-profit colleges have been marginalized, reassigned or instructed to focus on other matters, according to current and former employees.

    The unwinding of the team has effectively killed investigations into possibly fraudulent activities at several large for-profit colleges where top hires of Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, had previously worked.

    During the final months of the Obama administration, the team had expanded to include a dozen or so lawyers and investigators who were looking into advertising, recruitment practices and job placement claims at several institutions, including DeVry Education Group.

    The investigation into DeVry ground to a halt early last year. Later, in the summer, Ms. DeVos named Julian Schmoke, a former dean at DeVry, as the team’s new supervisor.
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    In addition to DeVry, now known as Adtalem Global Education, investigations into Bridgepoint Education and Career Education Corporation, which also operate large for-profit colleges, went dark.

    Former employees of those institutions now work for Ms. DeVos as well, including Robert S. Eitel, her senior counselor, and Diane Auer Jones, a senior adviser on postsecondary education. Last month, Congress confirmed the appointment of a lawyer who provided consulting services to Career Education, Carlos G. Muñiz, as the department’s general counsel.

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  2. Tartan69

    Tartan69 Pawn in game of life

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    There could be a number of legitimate reasons why the investigations have been wound down, however the optics stink to high heaven. At minimum you have conflicts of interest all over the place. Seems to me to a no-brainer to have a rule of some sort to disallow the decision makers in these investigations from being former employees of the places being investigated..
     

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