WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- A U.S. Defense Department official who headed an education program was fired for abuse of power that benefited her and others, officials said.
Shirley Miles was fired after an Inspector General's Office investigation found she had used her power to get jobs for a relative and an acquaintance, had received pay she wasn't entitled to and engaged in "unprofessional conduct and speech," Stars and Stripes reported.
Miles had headed the Department of Defense Education Activity, which oversees education for military members' families, before being removed abruptly during a 2010 investigation into allegations of misconduct by her former assistant.
During the investigation, she had temporarily led an effort to make all certificate or graduate education degree programs available online.
"We have finished our review of the recommendations contained in the DOD Inspector General's Report of Investigation ... and have terminated the employment of Dr. Miles effective September 24, 2011," Panetta wrote. "It is my hope that this fresh start will permit DODEA to achieve the level of excellence that I, as secretary, expect and that the families of our service members deserve."
Stars and Stripes said Miles did not immediately respond to a request for comment.