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Chairman Miller Is Peeved -- Requests Correspondence From USDE & White House

By Alexander Russo — May 01, 2007 2 min read

Congressman George Miller is peeved, it seems (or he’s jealous of all the fun the folks on the Judiciary Committee are having)> He’s asked not just the USDE but also the White House for all communications regarding student lending and Reading First, and submitted a list of folks whose emails and letters he wants to see. See below for the Miller press release, or click here.

He specifically asks for communications to and from former Education Secretary Rodney Roderick Paige; former Senior Advisor to Secretary Paige, Beth Ann Bryan; former Deputy Secretary William Hansen; former Under Secretary and Deputy Secretary Eugene Hickok; and present Chief of Staff David Dunn.

UPDATE: An eagle-eyed reader points out that it’s Roderick, not “Rodney” Paige. That’s what I get for cutting and pasting from Miller’s press release (see below).WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-CA), chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, today asked the White House to turn over emails and other communications related to its involvement in the federal student loan and Reading First programs, including those of U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, who previously served as the President’s Domestic Policy Advisor. The committee’s ongoing investigations into both programs have revealed serious oversight failures by senior officials.

According to The Washington Post, the Bush administration in 2001 killed a policy proposal drafted by the Clinton administration that would have addressed the questionable gifts and inducements used by lenders to curry favor with colleges and universities. Attorneys general in several states have joined Miller in launching investigations into unethical practices and relationships among schools, lenders, and public officials within the student loan industry.

Miller also made a similar request for information in a letter to the Department of Education today. That letter asked for emails and other communications of former Education Secretary Rodney Paige; former Senior Advisor to Secretary Paige, Beth Ann Bryan; former Deputy Secretary William Hansen; former Under Secretary and Deputy Secretary Eugene Hickok; and present Chief of Staff David Dunn.

To see Miller’s letter to the White House, click here. To see Miller’s letter to the Department of Education, click here.

Secretary Spellings is scheduled to testify before the Committee about the Department’s oversight of both programs on Thursday, May 10, 2007.

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