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For months, the Shirley Miles clock had been ticking. Miles, who began the year as head of the Department of Defense Education Activity, is under investigation by the DOD Inspector General for allegedly abusing her position. She’s accused, among other things, of exercising undue influence to secure jobs for friends and family, misusing a government credit card, improperly upgrading airline tickets at the government’s expense, and spending millions to hold conferences at luxury spa resorts when free government facilities were available.

In June, the Defense Department announced that Miles had been abruptly removed from her post and temporarily transferred elsewhere in the department. Miles is now leading a department-wide project to make all certificate or graduate education degree granting programs available online to the military services so they can better inform servicemembers on education opportunities, said Defense Department spokeswoman Eileen Lainez.

Marilee Fitzgerald became acting director for DODEA.

Miles declined a Stars and Stripes interview request for this story. Her successor, originally supposed to be in place only until Nov. 1, remains on the job.

jeffrey.schogol@stripes.osd.mil

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