Mass. Governor Patrick would call these examples of a public sector out of control, as "anecdotal" !
An EPA employee has been viewing pornography while at work, and has even received performance awards for his time at the agency. The employee was even watching porn when inspector general agents visited his office. The employee had 7,000 porn files on his computer and had been watching porn for two to six hours per day since 2010. This employee still works at the EPA.
Another EPA employee was actually selling jewelry and weight loss pills out of her office. Renee Page is the director of the the agency’s Office of Administration, but that didn’t stop her from using her from selling her own products during business hours using her government email account, according to the OIG.
Page also hired 17 of her family members and friends as paid interns. She also paid her daughter — who also works at the EPA — from her agency’s budget account. But instead of being punished, Page received a prestigious Presidential Rank Award in 2010, for which she got $35,000 in cash.
The House committee was looking into the EPA’s so-called Office of Homeland Security that has been stymying internal agency investigations on employee misconduct. The hearing highlighted several cases where EPA employees were saying they were working when they weren’t.
“[T}he OIG conducted an investigation into serious misconduct by another EPA manager who allowed an employee to stay at home and not report for duty for several years,” said deputy assistant inspector general Allan Williams. Based on a long-standing arrangement with the employee… this EPA manager not only entered fraudulent time-and-attendance records for the absent employee but also approved the same fraudulent records.”
“It is estimated that the manager’s approval of fraudulent time-and-attendance records cost the government more than $500,000,” Williams added. “Even more egregious is that this EPA manager authored and approved exemplary performance appraisals that resulted in a cash award for the absent employee.”
On Tuesday the Associated Press reported that a unit within the EPA run by President Obama’s political staff has been operating illegally as a “rogue law enforcement agency,” blocking inspector general efforts to conduct investigations.
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