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Mark Brown, the Education Department appointee who oversees the government’s student loan portfolio, resigned from the board of a group that owns some of that debt, according to Politico.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosCummings accuses Education Dept of blocking probe into attempted removal of internal watchdog Attorneys general from 47 states ask DeVos to cancel disabled veterans' student debt The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan MORE selected Brown in March to head the department’s Office of Federal Student Aid. However, until Tuesday, Brown also served as an unpaid board member at KnowledgeWorks, a non-profit organization that holds roughly $30 million in federal student loans.
Brown "has decided that in an abundance of caution and to avoid even the remote appearance of conflict, he will resign from his unpaid, nonprofit board position immediately," Education Department spokesperson Liz Hill told Politico.
The resignation came after questions emerged surrounding potential conflicts of interest between Brown’s two roles.
Hill said last week that ethics officials at the Education Department had reviewed Brown’s role at the non-profit and that he was "recused from any particular matters related to KnowledgeWorks." Brown resigned Tuesday after Politico request more information regarding the recusal.
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