Job Creation: Bored Federal Government Employees Look at Internet Porn to Pass the Time

There’s at least one thing worse than being so swamped at work that it’s impossible to ever catch up:  Being so far ahead that you have nothing to do. Of the two, I’d rather be too busy.

Apparently, people working for our gigantic federal government have this problem a lot. Not the “too busy” problem, but the “not-busy-enough” problem. And most of them still collect paychecks and bonuses, despite their having to find other stuff to do to pass the time.

Not surprisingly, many of them like to view internet pornography. That government employees have a love affair with online porn is nothing new. Thousands of federal employees have been known to look at the stuff, some of them up to eight hours a day, some of them even senior officials, and some of the stuff of the child variety.

Also not surprisingly, many of these officials don’t face criminal charges, and they’re not even let go. It’s such a widespread problem that if they fired everyone who looked at porn at work, we probably wouldn’t have much of a government left. (Maybe that’s not such a bad thing.)

The Washington Times reported:

For one Federal Communications Commission worker, his porn habit at work was easy to explain: Things were slow, he told investigators, so he perused it “out of boredom” — for up to eight hours each week.

Lack of work has emerged time and again in federal investigations, and it’s not just porn, nor is it confined to the FCC. Across government, employees caught wasting time at work say they simply didn’t have enough work to do, according to investigation records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

“He stated he is aware it is against government rules and regulations, but he often does not have enough work to do and has free time,” investigators wrote of another federal employee, this one at the Treasury Department, who viewed more than 13,000 pornographic images in a six-week span.

Investigations at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Commerce Department and the General Services Administration have turned up similar cases, though memos show the employees rarely face criminal prosecution for time and attendance fraud.

A spokesman for the FCC declined to comment on what, if any, action the agency took after the FCC’s inspector general singled out the eight-hour-a-week porn peeper.

FCC spokesman Mark Wigfield said only that the agency follows Office of Personnel Management guidelines on disciplinary matters and officials could not comment on specific cases.

In another recent case, a GSA employee who spent about two hours a day on a computer looking at pornography and dating sites “sometimes became bored during these long hours at the computer and would often use the computer for personal use to pass the time,” according to a case report by the GSA inspector general last year.

At a previous job of mine, if anyone was caught looking at this kind of stuff on company computers at work, that person was promptly fired. But in order to look at it in the first place, you’d have to get past the internet filters, something that these government computers evidently don’t have.

Not to state the obvious or anything, but I think some massive cuts are in order. If there are that many federal employees who just “don’t have enough to do,” and they’re still getting their taxpayer-funded paycheck, that person needs to be let go. That person is not needed.

This is really the end result of when a government “creates jobs.” They don’t actually have work for these people to do. They just give them a desk and a computer and a paycheck.