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Your Tax Dollars Paying Employees to Watch Porn

According to the Washington Free Beacon's Elizabeth Harrington on Tuesday, "Hundreds of federal workers have been caught watching porn on the job, including viewing child pornography, according to a new investigation."

Here's how she begins her reporting:

"NBC News 4 in Washington, D.C., identified over 100 "egregious" cases during the past five years where federal employees watched porn for hours during the day or required an inspector general investigation into their porn habits at work. The report relied on records obtained through Freedom of Information Act from 12 separate government agencies.

"The cases include workers who admitted spending six hours a day surfing illicit images and videos and maintaining tens of thousands of adult images on their office desktops," the report said.

"The investigation revealed over 20 cases at the Justice Department during the past two years, and numerous cases at the Environmental Protection Agency.

"The report includes the notorious case of an EPA employee in the Office of Air and Radiation who, while earning a $120,000 salary, watched porn between two and six hours every day, masturbated at work, and received bonuses.

"The employee said that "‘a lot' of his time each workday is spent ‘organizing' the pornography he downloaded into saved folders," according to the records obtained by NBC News 4.

"The report noted that although being caught watching porn "opens employees to possible disciplinary action," including being fired, several agencies said penalties are "flexible" and can carry just a written reprimand.The EPA employee was not fired and stayed on the payroll for years even though he had been banned from the building. He continued to receive his six-figure salary for two years after being caught, including a year of paid leave before he retired in April 2015."

She embeds a number of links in her report. Read the entire report here.

Most hard-working taxpayers may be wondering just why such employees aren't just summarily fired while supporters of the status quo say that union and other bureaucratic work rules protect such misconduct. And while its certainly true that firing federal employees is often cumbersome, such problem employees often know where skeletons are buried. Consequently, the brass look for a friendly departure.

Growls readers, who are outraged by such stories about waste and mismanagement in the federal government, are urged to make your views known to your members of Congress. Contact information is available at the Library of Congress' Congress.gov. Taxpayers living in Virginia's Arlington County can contact:

  • Senator Mark Warner (D) -- write to him or call (202) 224-2023
  • Senator Tim Kaine (D) -- write to him or call (202) 224-4024
  • Representative Don Beyer (D) -- write to him or call (202) 225-4376

Ask for a written response. And tell them ACTA sent you.

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