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Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Watching porn on the taxpayer's dime

Kudos to NBC's affiliate in Washington DC for reporting, "Dozens of Federal Employees Watched Abundance of Porn on the Job in Recent Years."

Using the Freedom of Information Act, the TV station found nearly 100 federal employees (some contract employees) admitted to wasting time on porn at work.

The agencies listed by the station include:
Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. Department of Transportation
U.S. Department of Justice
U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S. Postal Service
U.S. Department of Labor
NASA
Export-Import Bank
U.S. Department of Commerce
Social Security Administration
U.S. Department of Energy
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
From Scott MacFarlane, Rick Yarborough and Jeff Piper:
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.
While only some of the cases revealed by the I-Team were criminal in nature, because they included viewing of pornographic images of underage teens, the I-Team investigation raised questions about whether the federal government has instituted sufficient penalties.
The cases include this:
Charleston, West Virginia
Agency: Department of Justice, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
Incident: Alerts indicated an ATF employee accessed adult content websites on his work computer. During an interview he admitted he searched for "teen" pornography, saying that a teenager is someone between, "14 to 18 [years-old], 14 to 19." The employee claimed he only looked at pictures of "post pubescent" teenagers. Asked if he looked at pictures of prepubescent girls he responded, "Not that I'm aware of..."
And this:
Chantilly, Virginia
Agency: Department of Justice, FBI
Incident:  An FBI employee was reported for viewing sexually explicit content in email exchanges on an FBI network. One of the email exchanges was with a girl who claimed she was in the ninth grade. After failing a lie-detector test, the employee confessed to "receiving, viewing, and saving approximately 50 images of suspected child pornography."
And this:
Dallas, Texas
Agency: Department of Justice, Executive Office of United States Attorney
Incident: After the DOJ Justice Security Operations Center learned an employee used his work computer to access pornographic images, a review of the employee's internet cache found more than 1,000 pornographic images including some which might have been child pornography. A three-month observation of the employee's computer found "tens of thousands" of pornographic pictures. The employee admitted to watching pornography for "4-6 hours per workday."
And this:
Marion, Illinois
Agency: Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons
Incident: A witness accused an employee of looking at a picture of naked boys on a work computer. The employee "admitted to viewing adult female pornography on the computer at the Officer's station at work," but denied watching child pornography, saying pop-up images of what appeared to be child pornography sometimes appeared but were immediately closed.
And this:
Juneau, Alaska
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Incident: NOAA IT found pornographic images on an employee's desktop computer while attempting repairs. The employee “admitted to recently searching for child pornography on the internet from his work computer.”
Not only should they not be on the job -- many of these people should be in prison.



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13 comments:

  1. Porn should only be viewed in the privacy of one's office or cubicle.

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    1. WTF?...tell us you're not serious.

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  2. Is there anybody - anybody - here who wouldn't have been walked out the door ten seconds after being discovered for doing the same at their workplace. Just one of the many reasons the general public despises the federal government.

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    1. You got it, Hoss. They are the REAL deplorables. Mr. Trump's team needs to start handing out pink slips, posthaste. If they aren't doing any work, why am I paying their salary? Tar, feathers, and run em outta town on a rail.

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    2. Some of them might LIKE the pink slips, especially if they are silk. - Elric

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  3. Scatter them to the winds.

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  4. My workplace would give one warning, and a termination on the second offense.

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  5. I thought the Federal government was the fountainhead of PC.

    I guess NSFW is only for the peons.

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  6. I think this is a good thing. Imagine how many private sector jobs were saved when mopes at the EPA were surfing porn instead of shutting down companies. I remember an environmental technician at work telling us about 2 companies that got large fines from EPA even though they didn't spill anything. They had just failed to do all the right paperwork.

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  7. I think this is a good thing. Imagine how many private sector jobs were saved when mopes at the EPA were surfing porn instead of shutting down companies. I remember an environmental technician at work telling us about 2 companies that got large fines from EPA even though they didn't spill anything. They had just failed to do all the right paperwork.

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  8. My wife constantly runs into this behavior at the nurse's station at the hospital where she works.
    Although in her case we are not talking about screen sex but how some nurses etc. spend hours a shift surfing internet web sites, Facebook, Emails and constantly checking their phones and texting.
    She's a hard working and even tempered woman but it dismays her to no end that patients pay the price by not receiving timely care due to this habitual misuse of time by many of the staff.
    Her attitude is that if you're being paid to work; then work.
    My question is why do employers not block any non work related site on a company computer or hire an IT guy to monitor employee activity and act accordingly towards offenders.

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    1. I should add here that as a retired bld'g contractor, I have run into this 'low-productivity' problem many times both with hired help and sub contractors.

      Out of control phone use on the jobsite and people turning up for work having smoking-up.
      I'm a fair guy and don't mind the occasional longer lunch if the conversation is good and productivity is up, but my rules on the jobsite are absolutely no dope, and no phone use except on breaks.
      Some get it while others walk.

      Its too costly having people around who aren't on the ball.

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