A senior U.S. State Department official was accused by U.S. media of exaggerating her background on her resume, putting the agency in an embarrassing situation for exercising a lax vetting process for its employees.
Mina Chang, deputy assistant secretary in the State Department's Bureau of Conflict and Stability Operations, has inflated her achievements in education and overstated her experiences, NBC News reported.
NBC identified multiple fallacies after examining her resume, including faking a cover of Time magazine featuring her face.
Chang, a Korean-Amercian, claimed to be a graduate of Harvard Business School, while the university said she only completed a seven-week course in 2016 and holds no degree from Harvard.
She also said she was a graduate of a program at the U.S. Army War College in the state of Pennsylvania, but she just attended a four-day seminar there.
The official said she addressed both the Democratic and Republican national conventions in 2016, but NBC reported that she spoke at separate events held in the same cities during the same time periods.
Chang also claimed to have worked for a nonprofit organization that had projects in multiple overseas countries, while the organization's tax filing offered a weak support for her words.
Chang was twice nominated by the Trump administration to serve as an assistant administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, but her nomination was withdrawn in September after the Senate requested more documents supporting her past work.