Energy Department Pays $138,000 for Law Degree

Jul 14, 2017

An engineer for the Energy Department went to law school at taxpayer expense. Officials within the department approved $138,000 for the courses. After getting his degree, the engineer quit working for the department and pursued work in the private sector. If an employee receives more than 180 hours of paid training, he is required to sign a contract to continue working for the government. The newly minted lawyer took 1,000 hours of courses. Senior managers within the department ignored policies and procedures that governed how this was to be handled. Instead, managers verbally approved the requests for training. A whistleblower brought the abuse to the attention of the inspector general’s office. All senior managers who approved the training no longer work for the department.