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Wed May 24, 2017, 11:23 AM

Top Education Department official resigns

Source: Politico

James Runcie, head of the agency's student aid office, submitted his resignation last night, effective immediately.

By MICHAEL STRATFORD and KIMBERLY HEFLING 05/24/2017 10:37 AM EDT Updated 05/24/2017 11:09 AM EDT

The head of the Education Department’s student financial aid office has resigned after more than seven years on the job following an apparent dispute with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over his scheduled testimony before the House Oversight Committee.

James Runcie, chief operating officer of the Office of Federal Student Aid, “submitted his resignation to the department last night,” effective immediately, the agency said in a news release. Runcie had been slated to testify on Thursday before the House Oversight Committee regarding the department’s rising improper payment rate for federal student aid programs.

An Education Department official, who requested anonymity, said Runcie’s resignation came abruptly at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday after DeVos directed him to testify before the House oversight panel. The department official said Runcie also refused requests to testify made by the committee and Jim Manning, the department’s acting undersecretary.

Runcie’s name is included on a committee witness list for the hearing. The Education Department’sinspector general and the head of a group representing financial aid administrators are also slated to testify. A committee spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/24/james-runcie-education-department-resigns-238762

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 11:54 AM

1. Not familiar with the case.

What does "rising improper payment rate" refer to?

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Response to louis-t (Reply #1)

Wed May 24, 2017, 12:16 PM

2. people getting student loans that either shouldnt qualify or don't need them

Both people exploiting vulnerabilities in the system, and loan offices pushing high interest loans on people.

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Response to louis-t (Reply #1)

Wed May 24, 2017, 01:23 PM

3. tRump plans to raise rates on student loans

I read that he's pushing for 20%! That is right -- 20%!!!!

Soon we'll be a nation filled with uneducated idiots!!!

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