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A top official at the Department of Education resigned Tuesday over an apparent dispute with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Politico reported.
James Runcie, the head of the Education Department's student aid office, resigned abruptly Tuesday night after DeVos asked him to testify before the House Oversight Committee about his department's rising levels of improper payment rate for federal student aid programs.
Runcie joined the Department of Education in 2011 and became a source of controversy soon after. Runcie faced steep criticism for his work at the agency, taking heat from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) and Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) for his failure to stop "pervasive" abuse by federal student loan contractors.
“You are harming the people you are supposed to be helping, and that has to stop,” Foxx told Runcie in 2016.
Despite the criticism, the Obama administration reappointed Runcie to a five-year term in December. His reappointment was one of former Education Secretary Arne Duncan's final acts before leaving office.