Government Workers Caught Watching Porn Says It’s Not Their Fault, They Were ‘Bored’

Federal government workers caught watching porn claim the on-the-clock violation was not their fault, they just got “bored” at the office. The taxpayer-funded staffers ultimately admitted to browsing X-rated websites and shopping at work. Why did the government employees knowingly break the rules? According to statements made by many of the porn-craving staffers, they simply did not have enough work to keep them busy. In the private sector, when there is not enough work to keep workers actually working, layoffs occur.

The Washington Times discovered that at least one Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was spending as much as eight hours per week watching porn after filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the investigative records pertaining the emerging scandal. Adding insult to injury for American taxpayers, some of the federal employees who got bored at work and watched porn were actually awarded bonuses.

The FCC would not answer questions about disciplinary actions taken against the workers who watched porn and shopped on the taxpayers’ dime. A representative from the federal agency would only say that all staffers are disciplines based upon Office of Personnel Management guidelines.

Treasury Department records reportedly show that one worker viewed more than 13,000 porn photos during work hours in a six-week time period. “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 noted in the report.

According to The Washington Times, similar incidents also occurred at the Commerce Department, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the General Services Administration. The memos obtained by the newspaper also revealed that such cases rarely lead to criminal prosecution for attendance and time fraud.

General Services Administration (GSA) investigators discovered that a staffer spent about two hours a day browsing porn and dating sites during the work day. “[The employee] sometimes became bored during these long hours at the computer and would often use the computer for personal uses to pass the time,” the GSA inspector general’s report concluded.

National Taxpayers Union Executive Vice President Pete Seep had this to say about catching government workers watching porn at work:

“This is apparently something that’s a pervasive problem throughout several federal agencies. It could mean millions of dollars of wasted money.”

What do you think should be done about government employees watching porn while at work?

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