EPA Porn Addicts Given Paid Vacation

If this were like most businesses in the private sector, these employees would have been fired a long time ago. But this problem has become so prevalent in government agencies that if they fired everyone who looked at pornography at work, there would be little or no government left.

If these workers have hours a day that they can devote to viewing and downloading pornography during normal business hours, then what good are they? What are taxpayers paying them for? If we’ve made it this far without their actually doing anything of value, then maybe we really don’t need any of them.

Instead of being promptly fired by their superiors, they got paid vacation. CNS News reported:

 

An inspector general (IG) investigation found that employees at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) earning $120,000 a year were watching pornography on the job and were put on paid administrative leave for almost a year before anybody tried to fire them.

“Over the past two years, the EPA Office of Inspector General (OIG) has conducted investigations of multiple cases of serious misconduct carried out by EPA employees,” explained the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee at a hearing on EPA mismanagement Thursday.

“EPA OIG investigated three instances of EPA employees who were found to be viewing pornography while at work. The U.S. attorney’s office declined prosecution for two cases while the third resulted in a criminal conviction. One of these employees is still on paid administrative leave pending administrative action by the EPA while another has retired.”

“There are continued problems with EPA employees who watch pornography at work,” said Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) in his opening remarks. “Even more insulting to taxpayers is that after the inspector general reported these abuses, the porn-watching employees were placed on paid administrative leave for almost a year before anybody even tried to fire them. Now these people were being paid roughly, in the neighborhood of about $120,000 a year.

 

They were probably slow to do anything about it, because the superiors were involved in it as well.