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Federal Workers Admit To Watching Porn On The Job

| by Paul Brown

Federal employees are increasingly resorting to surfing the Internet for porn while on the clock, the Washington Times reports.

Records of federal employees' respective Internet histories were obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, and an investigation has already been conducted to find out what factors led to the misconduct.

One Treasury Department worker viewed over 2,000 pornographic photographs online each week during the six weeks that he was being monitored. Altogether, he viewed more than 13,000 lewd photos in those six weeks.

Investigators said of the offender, "He stated he is aware it is against government rules and regulations [to view pornographic content while at work], but he often does not have enough work do and has free time.”

This incident is by no means isolated. The rampant viewing of pornography is spread across multiple departments. Investigators found incidents like this one within the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Commerce Department and the General Services Administration, according to the Washington Times.

In an interview with Fox, Pete Steep, the executive vice president of the National Taxpayers union stated, “This is apparently something that’s a pervasive problem throughout several federal agencies,” and that the incidents could “mean millions of dollars of wasted money.”

Obviously, each case varies in severity. Some workers, such as an FCC employee who watches an average of eight hours of porn per week "out of boredom", waste significantly more time than others. The fact remains, however, that federal employees viewing any amount of porn while on the job is unacceptable.

It remains to be seen how these employees will be punished, if at all. When the inspector general of the GSA was notified that one of his employees was viewing porn at work, he shrugged it off saying that the man “sometimes became bored during these long hours at the computer and would often use the computer for personal uses to pass the time.”

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