The federal government subsidizes employees’ tuition and gives them a raise for earning an advanced degree. Or for getting a piece of paper from a diploma mill. Reason reports:
At least 28 senior-level employees had degrees from diploma mills, the GAO found, while cautioning that “this number is believed to be an understatement.” Among them: Daniel P. Matthews, chief information officer for the Department of Transportation (which oversees the Transportation Security Administration), who got his $3,500 bachelor of science degree within eight months from diploma mill Kent College in Mandeville, Louisiana, and three unnamed managers with super-secret Q-level security clearance at the National Nuclear Security Administration — including an Air Force lieutenant colonel who attended no classes and took no tests to get a promotion-enabling master’s degree from LaSalle University, a diploma mill affiliated with Kent College and also based in Mandeville.
The woman in charge of data base management for Homeland Security had a bachelor’s, master’s and PhD from a diploma mill. She insisted co-workers refer to her as “doctor.”