OPM: Uncle Sam won't pay for sketchy degrees

Kay Coles James

The Office of Personnel Management this month asked agency officials to be vigilant in making sure employees are not taking advantage of a legal loophole that lets workers get payment for degrees from unaccredited educational organizations.

OPM director Kay Coles James sent a memorandum to human resources officials advising them to ensure that 'any such training is clearly job-related and that the provider actually delivers the quality and quantity of training purchased.'

James' memo reviewed the academic degree policy for employees, stressing the Education Department's role in accrediting colleges and universities.


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