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[] Deputy CIO für Homeland Security hat gekauften Dr.-Titel in Informatik?,

Deputy CIO at Homeland Security Department placed on leave

JUNE 06, 2003

Laura Callahan, the deputy CIO of the U.S. Department of Homeland
Security (DHS), was placed on paid administrative leave last week
after questions surfaced about her academic qualifications, a DHS
spokeswoman confirmed.

The move came after members of Congress contacted department officials
demanding answers to questions about her academic background, as well
as about the department's policy on background checks.

On her resume, Callahan, who was appointed to the position on April 1,
said she received her academic degrees, including a doctorate in
computer information systems, from Hamilton University in Evanston,

However, the congressmen, including Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.),
contend that according to published reports, Hamilton isn't licensed
by that state, nor is the school accredited by the U.S. Department of
Education. The congressmen said Hamilton is a "diploma mill."

"What is troubling to me is that a senior official in the Department
of Homeland Security in the office of the CIO would have a
questionable degree in computer information systems," Maloney said in
a letter dated June 4 to Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge. "I
would hope that checking credentials on a resume is a standard
procedure in any background check."

DHS spokeswoman Michelle Petrovich said the department is
investigating the allegations. She declined to comment on the
department's procedures concerning background checks.

In 2001, Callahan was deputy CIO at the U.S. Department of Labor, and
in 2002, she also became that department's IT center director.

A spokesman for the Labor Department referred Computerworld to the
Office of Personnel Management. The Labor Department couldn't be
reached for comment at deadline.

This isn't the first time Callahan has been embroiled in controversy.

In March 2000, she was one of two White House officials accused of
threatening Northrop Grumman Corp. workers with jail unless they kept
quiet about the disappearance of thousands of White House e-mails,
according to press reports at the time. Callahan was the White House
webmaster under the Clinton administration, and Los Angeles-based
Northrop Grumman ran the White House computer system at the time.

The e-mails in question had been subpoenaed during congressional and
judicial criminal inquiries that included investigations into campaign
finance abuse during the 1996 presidential campaign. Callahan
testified under oath at a congressional hearing that she never
threatened anyone over the e-mails. The outcome of the investigation
couldn't be determined.

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