Educational Credential Fraud Lands Government IT Official A Job Without Proper Degree -

Educational Credential Fraud Lands Government IT Official A Job Without Proper Degree


If there was ever a time when it became clear the current system is failing and things need to change, it would be right now. A government IT official used fake degrees to run US law enforcement data systems for years and was only found out a few days ago. Screening processes are not doing a thorough enough job it seems.

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Educational Credential Fraud – Government IT Official With No Master’s DegreeBitcoinist_Department of Interior Educational Credential Fraud

Obtaining an IT position without the proper degrees is a nearly impossible job. Granted, not every tip and trick IT-ers pick up along the way are coming from textbooks, but rather hands-on experience. Faisal Ahmed, however, took matters to a whole new level by striking a government IT job by lying about his education and submitting falsified college transcripts.

Faisal Ahmed quickly climbed the ranks of the government IT branch, and managed to become the assistant director of the Department of Interior’s office. The DOI, as the department is often referred to, runs computer systems that played a big role in the breach of systems belonging to the Office of Personnel Management.

Even though the original meeting between the House Oversight, Government Reform Committee and DOI was regarding the pen test run which unveiled over 3,0000 vulnerabilities in agency systems, details about Faisal Ahmed came to light. More specifically, how Faisal Ahmed had access to very sensitive law enforcement data for over five years with his bogus degrees.

Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming stated the following:

“I’m a little concerned…no, well, I’m more than a little concerned that he had access to law enforcement sensitive materials and other secure information, and that he had falsified his background,. And now it appears that he is working for another federal agency, the U.S. Census Bureau.”

Blockchain Technology To Combat Educational Credential Fraud

One of the main issues plaguing the United States these days is educational credential fraud. Especially the federal government is getting a reputation for giving jobs to people with fake or less-than-required credentials. Efforts have been made, however, to focus on government employees using government money to obtain unsubstantiated degrees from so-called “diploma mills”.

It seems the real problem lies with people able to land a job with faked degrees altogether. This is where blockchain technology could play an important role. If degrees were to be issued digitally through a transparent ledger, it would take a few seconds to verify whether someone is telling the truth or not, rather than taking their word for it. Blockchain technology can play an important role in the fight against educational credential fraud, and we can only hope some attention will be focused on making this a reality.

What are your thoughts on this story, and should degrees be issued through the blockchain in the future? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Ars Technica

Images courtesy of Department of Interior, Shutterstock

Jp Buntinx

Jp Buntinx

JP Buntinx is a freelance Bitcoin writer and Bitcoin journalist for various digital currency news outlets around the world. In other notes, Jean-Pierre is an active member of the Belgian Bitcoin Association, and occasionally attends various Bitcoin Meetups in Ghent and Brussels

  • RJF

    Yes, I think block chain technology would be the perfect solution. You still get your “sheepskin” but it can be verified through a process that is basically fraud proof. Actually, all important documents can be backed up and verified through a block chain public ledger.

  • This topic is about Identification issues not so much whether a person has a degree…. Degrees are nice to have but degrees should not be used to discriminate. If an individual has skills or hands on experience within a certain field, it should not matter if he or she has a degree or not… If they can get the job done who cares if they have a degree! This subject matter has to do with surveillance and liability… I is a shame that the man had to lie about his education in the first place… It would be nice to live in a world without discrimination!