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Politicians Criticize EPA Over Porn-Watching Employee

| by Will Hagle

U.S. Representative Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), has taken aim at the Environmental Protection Agency, criticizing the federal organization from failing to fire employees who have watched pornography and falsified federal documents on the job. 

“How much pornography would it take for an EPA employee to lose his job?” Issa asked EPA officials before the House Oversight Committee, according to the Daily Caller, “This individual spent four consecutive hours on a site called ‘sadism is beautiful.’ You are running an organization from which no one can get fired.”

Issa was referencing a certain senior EPA official who had, according to The Blaze, admitted to storing more than 7,000 pornographic files on his government-issued computer, which he watched during the work day. 

“When an OIG special agent arrived at this employee’s work space to conduct an interview, the special agent witnessed the employee actively viewing pornography on his government-issued computer. Subsequently, the employee confessed to spending, on average, between two and six hours per day viewing pornography while at work,” said Alan Williams, deputy assistant inspector general for Investigations to the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee. 

The individual has yet to be fired or prosecuted, largely because government officials are still waiting on a report to be processed.

Other politicians are outraged about the incident, using the unnamed individual as an example of EPA waste and fraud. According to Bloomberg, other employees had been found guilty of falsifying documents claiming individuals such as former senior agency official John Beale had reported to work, allowing them to collect full pay and benefits. 

The EPA has been under further scrutiny by the Office of the Inspector General since last year’s conviction of Beale, who collected full pay for more than a decade in which he had not worked.