Porn-surfing feds blame boredom, lack of work for misbehavior


#1

Washington Times:

Porn-surfing feds blame boredom, lack of work for misbehavior

For one Federal Communications Commission worker, his porn habit at work was easy to explain: Things were slow, he told investigators, so he perused it “out of boredom” — for up to eight hours each week.Lack of work has emerged time and again in federal investigations, and it’s not just porn, nor is it confined to the FCC. Across government, employees caught wasting time at work say they simply didn’t have enough work to do, according to investigation records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

“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 wrote of another federal employee, this one at the Treasury Department, who viewed more than 13,000 pornographic images in a six-week span.
Investigations at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Commerce Department and the General Services Administration have turned up similar cases, though memos show the employees rarely face criminal prosecution for time and attendance fraud.

FCC spokesman Mark Wigfield said only that the agency follows Office of Personnel Management guidelines on disciplinary matters and officials could not comment on specific cases.
In another recent case, a GSA employee who spent about two hours a day on a computer looking at pornography and dating sites “sometimes became bored during these long hours at the computer and would often use the computer for personal use to pass the time,” according to a case report by the GSA inspector general last year.

If I were blessed with such an undemanding job I wouldn’t blow it by watching porn on the company computer.


#2

All I can say is… Oi. :blush:

I’m going to pray for him.


#3

Assuming he lost his job over this, he will now be facing a lot more boredom and lack of work! But we have been coming up with lame excuses for our sins since Adam and Eve. God help him, he will either get the porn habit under control, or it will continue to control him.


#4

If they are under-employed to the extent that they have time to surf the .xxx sites on the job, then maybe those positions should be eliminated.


#5

I wonder. Although I always worked in the private sector, I learned that those inclined to work would always find some way to stay productive, even during slow periods. Those inclined to sin or wasting time would always manage to accommodate their vice, no matter how busy they were supposed to be.


#6

People like this should seek psychiatric help immediately. 8 hours a day? This is an indication of addiction to pornography, which can potentially be as devastating as being addicted to alcohol, drugs, or gambling.


#7

Eight hours a week. Still a lot of time. The last time I had a job with that much free time I was eventually laid off as the company was going under.


#8

Boy that is for certain. I used to pray for some boredom so I could catch my breath!

This is just an excuse and they know it. This kind of surfing should result in being fired, and then the work of that person should be distributed to the remaining staff, if in fact there is so little to do they can be bored.

Odd though: I have to deal with Medicaid and Medicare on a regular basis for my sister and have been informed that they are 10 years behind in paperwork. That is the reason for delays in payments, benefits or whatever they are supposed to be doing for her. Now, I just have to wonder how many of them are bored,or are they just sitting on their lazy behinds. (I think there is a lot of mediocrity going around personally, and they don’t give a rats hind end about what they are doing.) JMO.:eek:


#9

I’m surprised the GSA doesn’t block porn sites. Our company blocks all kinds of site, especially anything remotely associated with porn.


#10

At NSA we couldn’t even get to the outside world from our work computers, for obvious reasons.


#11

Yes this. We’re responsible for keeping ourselves busy, and useful. Blaming your job is kind of weak.

ATB


#12

When I have down time, I go to Excel training sites to improve my skills.


#13

GSA is the laxest of the government agencies. I hope this example might warrant and investigation into there Internet security policies.


#14

As a child, I complained about being bored once…and only once. My mother cured it by sending me out to dig gravel and clay to fill holes in our gravel driveway.

Maybe there are some streets these people could be sent out to clean, or trash they could pick up on the highways or, if it came to it cut the grass with a scissors.


#15

Sounds like the federal government needs to trim some fat and lay off some workers.

Taxpayer are paying for these guys to watch porn? We could be spending that money on much more useful stuff.


#16

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