High-Level DOJ Official Latest Gov't Employee To Be Caught Watching Porn While On The Clock

It’s good to know government employees are hard at work. (This statement mainly applies to male employees.)

Throughout the past several years, internal investigations have rooted out a bunch of government employees who are wasting tax dollars by visiting websites and viewing content no doubt strictly prohibited by workplace policies. We’re talking porn. Lots of porn. Just incredible amounts of porn consumption.

These apparently non-essential personnel have racked up some amazing porn stats. Some SEC employees were reprimanded (but not fired) for spending up to 98% of their workdays watching porn. An employee at the US Geological Survey’s [cough] EROS Center visited 9,000 porn webpages en route to infecting the agency’s computer system with malware. An EPA employee spent their work hours compiling a comprehensive library of over 9,000 pornographic images.

It’s not just the federal government either. The City of Baltimore’s Department of Public Works discovered an employee was spending about half the work week (~20 hours) watching porn on the clock. Over in the UK — home of the always-impending porn filters — government employees accessed porn 300,000 times over a 14-month period.

Porn consumption is apparently a government tradition — one that spans the world and is celebrated by all levels of governing bodies.

Here’s yet another data point, emanating from the US Department of Justice. (via NextGov)

The DOJ’s Inspector General was tipped to some in-office porn viewing by a high-ranking official. This was no office drone. This was a Deputy Assistant Attorney General. Its investigation confirmed what was suspected: more porn consumption on a government computer.

From the one-page summary [PDF] released by the OIG:

The OIG investigation substantiated the allegation that the then DAAG viewed sexually explicit images on the DAAG’s government computers, in violation of DOJ policy. An OIG forensic examination of two DOJ computers issued to the DAAG determined that the computers contained data regarding numerous sexually explicit website searches, visits to websites hosting sexually explicit videos, sexually explicit search engine terms, and sexually explicit images.

The DAAG then lied about their porn habits. This is a bold move, considering lying to investigators is a criminal offense. Of course, it’s only the rarest of government officials who are ever charged with lying to investigators. This one was no exception. The DAAG resigned before the investigation was concluded and no criminal charges were brought.

That’s the quality of help we’re paying for. They’re people who should be held to a higher standard than private sector employees. But they never are. Fireable offenses rarely result in firing. Massive amounts of wasted time result in reprimands, rather than demotions or termination. And yet, we’re supposed to act like the government has our best interests in mind when it engages in a tiny bit of oversight. These employees and their enablers are jerking far more than themselves around.
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