The House Oversight Committee held a hearing yesterday which dealt with malfeasance in the Department of Education. It explored explore the department’s failure to protect its information from cyber-attack, as well as the conduct of its chief information officer. Department of Ed has a vast data trove on student-loan borrowers and their parents—and the nearly $100 billion it disburses in new loans every year—are reason enough to want the bureaucrats to prevent digital intrusions. Mr. Chaffetz says the bureaucracy now holds, among other things, 139 million Social Security numbers in its digital files.
Yesterday's hearing wanted to get to the bottom of Harris' other actions: Confidential internal documents reviewed showed that the IG’s office has been investigating CIO Danny Harris for years for possible misuse of his position and government property, among other alleged transgressions.
In 2013 Assistant IG William Hamel reported to Deputy Secretary Tony Miller that Mr. Harris “operated outside business ventures” in which he employed department subordinates and received payments from subordinates and others “for installing home theaters and detailing their cars.”
So there you have it. It was a totally non partisan hearing with both democratic and republican members of the committee coming down hard on Harris and the successor to Arne Duncan as acting secretary of education, John King, Jr. It was so tough, in fact, that after the hearing ended, Harris collapsed and was taken by ambulance to a hospital.
It's a busy week for the House Oversight Committee. today they dive into the Flint River lead contamination.