January 02, 2018

Washington Post: Elizabeth Warren wants the Education Dept.’s use of earnings data investigated

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is asking the U.S. Department of Education's inspector general to investigate the agency's use of earnings data to grant partial student loan forgiveness to defrauded borrowers.

The request arrives two weeks after the department said it will provide debt relief to former students of Corinthian Colleges by comparing the average earnings of students in similar vocational programs. That earnings information is collected under gainful employment, a regulation that penalizes career-training programs for producing too many graduates with more debt than they can repay. Warren is questioning whether the department can rightfully use the data, which is supplied by the Social Security Administration, for any purpose other than to evaluate vocational programs.


"There is no evidence of a new data exchange agreement between the department and [the Social Security Administration] for use in borrower defense determinations, nor has there been a revision to the gainful employment information exchange agreement," Warren wrote in the letter to the inspector general.

Read more on the Washington Post website here.