SEC staffers watched porn as economy crashed

Associated Press:

SEC staffers watched porn as economy crashed

WASHINGTON — Senior staffers at the Securities and Exchange Commission spent hours surfing pornographic websites on government-issued computers while they were being paid to police the financial system, an agency watchdog says.
The SEC’s inspector general conducted 33 probes of employees looking at explicit images in the past five years, according to a memo obtained by The Associated Press.
The memo says 31 of those probes occurred in the 2 1/2 years since the financial system teetered and nearly crashed.
The staffers’ behavior violated government-wide ethics rules, it says.

_ A senior attorney at the SEC’s Washington headquarters spent up to eight hours a day looking at and downloading pornography. When he ran out of hard drive space, he burned the files to CDs or DVDs, which he kept in boxes around his office. He agreed to resign, an earlier watchdog report said.

Gee, I work for a dinky little Catholic social-svc agency and my co-workers are incensed that they can’t even access FaceBook. I’ve been blocked trying to access Catholic sites. Maybe the Feds are using the wrong software?

And as for the lawyer watching porn eight hours a day – forget what he was doing, didn’t anyone notice his work wasn’t getting done?

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