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How the Department of Education Creates Documents by Mixing and Matching PDF Files

Below is a copy of another letter and FOIA request sent to Department of Education FOIA Service Center. This letter describes how the Department of Education employees create documents from PDF files without existence of the original documents. In the process the Department of Education employees mix PDF files that could belong to anybody and do not contain any person's identifying information, together with PDF files that do contain identifying information.Because verifiable original documents…See More
Nov 13
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Is It Acceptable that the Department of Education Operates Like Organized Crime – Mafia?

Below is an open letter to the Department of Justice and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.Dear reader, I am asking you now the same question that I am asking Attorney General in this letter: based on how the Department of Education uses extortion, document fabrication, bullying and harassment, do you agree that the closest analogy is organized crime – mafia?Do you personally find such operating practices acceptable?I don’t know yet what the current administration at the Department of Justice…See More
Mar 16
Thomas Eklund posted a blog post

(Some of) Department of Education's Systemic Problems

The open letter below lists some of the problems that the Department of Education as a system has. If we look at the Department of Education as a system that is supposed to benefit traditional students, adult learners and employers, we will most likely find many more problem areas. The systemic problems listed below are specific to one case. However, the problems listed here may very well be relevant to many people. We don't know how many people over the years have paid to the Department of…See More
Mar 11
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What is OGIS Mission Under Alina Semo Management?

Office of Government Information Services, or OGIS, is supposed to be Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) ombudsman. I contacted OGIS with a request for assistance with Department of Education FOIA process. I received a response from OGIS current director Alina Semo.Based on the actual case addressed here, it's hard to say, whether the current OGIS director is very poorly informed about how the Department of Education and its business partners actually operate, or does not care about looking into…See More
Mar 6
Thomas Eklund posted a blog post

Department of Education, Mail Fraud, Honest Service Fraud and Other Problems

We have a case here, where the Department of Education created consumer lending and borrowing records years after a student graduated from college, without existence of any actual lending and borrowing transactions and corresponding documents. Subsequently, the Department of Education started using these internal records as if the records were based on actual, real life lending and borrowing transactions.This can work, if the former student believes what the Department of Education tells him,…See More
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How the Department of Education Creates Documents by Mixing and Matching PDF Files

Posted by Thomas Eklund on November 13, 2018 at 7:42pm 0 Comments

Below is a copy of another letter and FOIA request sent to Department of Education FOIA Service Center. This letter describes how the Department of Education employees create documents from PDF files without existence of the original documents. In the process the Department of Education employees mix PDF files that could belong to anybody and do not contain any person's identifying information, together with PDF files that do contain identifying information.…

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Is It Acceptable that the Department of Education Operates Like Organized Crime – Mafia?

Posted by Thomas Eklund on March 16, 2018 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

Below is an open letter to the Department of Justice and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Dear reader, I am asking you now the same question that I am asking Attorney General in this letter: based on how the Department of Education uses extortion, document fabrication, bullying and harassment, do you agree that the closest analogy is organized crime – mafia?

Do you personally find such operating practices acceptable?

I…

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(Some of) Department of Education's Systemic Problems

Posted by Thomas Eklund on March 11, 2018 at 3:54pm 0 Comments

The open letter below lists some of the problems that the Department of Education as a system has. If we look at the Department of Education as a system that is supposed to benefit traditional students, adult learners and employers, we will most likely find many more problem areas. The systemic problems listed below are specific to one case. However, the problems listed here may very well be relevant to many people. We don't know how many people over the years have paid to the…

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What is OGIS Mission Under Alina Semo Management?

Posted by Thomas Eklund on March 6, 2018 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

Office of Government Information Services, or OGIS, is supposed to be Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) ombudsman. I contacted OGIS with a request for assistance with Department of Education FOIA process. I received a response from OGIS current director Alina Semo.

Based on the actual case addressed here, it's hard to say, whether the current OGIS director is very poorly informed about how the Department of Education and its business partners actually…

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