State Department staffer accused of embellishing resume, making fake Time cover resigns

A State Department staffer who allegedly padded her resume and mocked up a Time magazine cover with her picture on it has reportedly resigned.

Mina Chang, who had served as deputy assistant secretary in the State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stability Operations, was the subject of an NBC News report alleging that she falsely claimed to be an alumna of Harvard Business School and listed a fictitious position on a United Nations panel on her resume.

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Chang has denied lying on her resume and said she did not commission the doctored Time cover.

However, in a resignation letter obtained by Politico, Chang wrote that resignation was “the only acceptable moral and ethical option for me at this time.”

She goes on in the letter to decry the department’s workplace culture and morale.

“In already difficult times, the Department of State is experiencing what I and many believe is the worst and most profound moral crisis confronting career professionals and political appointees in the Department’s history,” Chang wrote. “Department morale is at its lowest, the professionalism and collegiality — once a hallmark of the U.S. diplomatic service — has all but disappeared.”

Chang also accuses the State Department of failing to support her after the NBC report, writing, “A character assassination based solely on innuendo was launched against me attacking my credentials and character. My superiors at the Department refused to defend me, stand up for the truth or allow me to answer the false charges against me.”

The Hill has reached out to the State Department for comment.