Laura Callahan resigns from DHS

Laura Callahan

Laura Callahan, former senior director in the Homeland Security Department's CIO office, resigned from the department late last month.

Callahan had been on administrative leave with pay since last June, after a PostNewsweek Tech Media investigation revealed that she had three questionable degrees from a diploma mill in Wyoming.

DHS spokeswoman Valerie Smith said, 'Laura Callahan has resigned effective March 26. It is the agency's policy not to comment on individual personnel matters.'

Callahan, who before moving to DHS had been deputy CIO of the Labor Department, lost her security clearance following the department's decision to place her on administrative leave, so she could not work in the CIO office.

Callahan has a legitimate two-year associate's degree in liberal arts from Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, N.J. She has enrolled again in the accredited distance-learning institution to pursue a bachelor's degree in computer science, according to the college registrar's office.

Neither Callahan nor her attorney, Ralph Lotkin, could be immediately reached for comment.
GCN and Washington Technology reported last year that dozens of federal employees and contractors have questionable degrees.

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