A high-level State Department staffer has resigned after going through allegations that she embellished her resume, Politico reported on Monday.
Mina Chang, who served because the deputy assistant secretary within the State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stability Operations, got here beneath scrutiny final week after NBC News reported that she had misrepresented her tutorial credentials and created a faux Time journal cowl together with her face on it.
“Resigning is the only acceptable moral and ethical option for me at this time,” Chang wrote in her resignation letter, obtained by Politico.
She continued: “In already difficult times, the Department of State is experiencing what I and many believe is the worst and most profound moral crisis confronting career professionals and political appointees in the Department’s history. Department morale is at its lowest, the professionalism and collegiality ― once a hallmark of the U.S. diplomatic service ― has all but disappeared.”
Chang, who joined the State Department in April, seemed to be taking intention on the division’s leaders, together with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who’ve been criticized for not doing sufficient to guard profession diplomats amid the House impeachment investigation.
In her letter, Chang additionally accused her superiors on the division of failing to defend her within the face of the NBC report.
“A character assassination based solely on innuendo was launched against me attacking my credentials and character,” she wrote. “My superiors at the Department refused to defend me, stand up for the truth or allow me to answer the false charges against me.”
The State Department didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
According to NBC, Chang recognized herself as an “alumna” of Harvard Business School in her official biography. But she solely attended a seven-week course on the establishment in 2016 and didn’t earn a level from the college.
A spokesperson for Harvard Business School informed NBC that the college grants “alumni status” to those that have attended sure government teaching programs, even when they didn’t earn a level there.
Chang additionally claimed to have addressed each the Democratic and Republican nationwide conventions in 2016, when actually she spoke at separate occasions not sponsored by the conventions.
The faux Time journal cowl appeared throughout a 2017 interview with a YouTube host on the subject of countering violent extremism. Chang was then the chief government of a nonprofit referred to as Linking the World.
“Here you are on Time magazine, congratulations! Tell me about this cover and how it came to be?” the interviewer requested.
“Well, we started using drone technology in disaster response and so that was when the whole talk of how is technology being used to save lives in disaster response scenarios ― I suppose I brought some attention to that,” Chang mentioned.
The interviewer informed NBC that Chang introduced the duvet to the interview amongst numerous photographs that had been proven throughout their dialogue.
Chang has denied the NBC report, saying she didn’t misrepresent her credentials and claiming another person created the Time cowl with out her data.
Chang had been nominated for a place on the U.S. Agency for International Development, the place she would have overseen a price range of greater than $1 billion. Her nomination was withdrawn in early September with out public clarification. According to NBC, the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations had requested her for extra paperwork and particulars concerning her work expertise.
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