DHS seeking replacement for Callahan

The Homeland Security Department is advertising to fill Laura Callahan's position, but an agency spokeswoman said that Callahan has not been fired and remains on administrative leave.

Callahan has been on leave since June 5 after Government Computer News and Washington Technology reported that she had obtained her bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees from Hamilton University, an alleged diploma mill.

DHS listed Callahan's position of deputy CIO on USAJobs.opm.gov July 7. The posting closed last week.

The Office of Personnel Management only recognizes degrees from accredited institutions and does not allow federal employees to obtain promotions or tuition reimbursements based on degrees from unaccredited schools.

Reached at home, Callahan declined to comment and referred questions to her attorney, Ralph Lotkin, who did not return phone calls.

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