Bobby Scott and Elijah Cummings Press Betsy DeVos Over Allegation She Tried to Replace Ed Department Watchdog
Top House and Senate Democrats with jurisdiction over the Department of Education want answers from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over reports that she tried to replace the Acting Inspector General (IG) -- an independent watchdog -- after DeVos demanded the IG "drop an investigation" into the Secretary’s reinstatement of an accrediting agency the Obama administration stripped of its powers. House Education and Labor Committee Chair Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Committee on Oversight Chair Elijah Cummings (D-MD) helped lead the letter -- the second request for information regarding effort to replace the IG. In the letter, the lawmakers also demanded an explanation over the reports that a senior Department official had sought to halt an investigation into DeVos’s controversial decision to save a troubled accreditor of for-profit colleges. “As we learn more about this inappropriate appointment and surrounding events, we have become increasingly concerned by the Department’s efforts to influence the independence of the OIG and that Office’s critical work,” they wrote. Joining Cummings and Scott on the letter were Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Gary Peters (D-MI). See the full letter here.