Two Democrats are demanding a review of the Education Department’s ethics program following an ABC News report that revealed a senior Education official, hired straight out of the for-profit college sector, helped dismantle regulations designed to protect students defrauded by predatory colleges.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, and Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, a Democrat from Illinois, make the demand in a letter sent to the department’s inspector general Thursday.
Robert Eitel, who was hired by the Trump administration last year after four years as a for-profit college executive, played a role in suspending an Obama-era policy known as “borrower defense to repayment,” according to documents obtained exclusively by ABC through the watchdog group Democracy Forward.
The borrower defense rule made it easier for students, enticed into taking out pricey loans based on fraudulent claims by for for-profit colleges, to file for debt relief. It also allowed the government to recoup losses due to discharged loans from predatory schools.