Federal Employee Still Paid by EPA after Porn Scandal

As a friend of mine said: Here is proof positive that it takes an act of Congress to fire a worthless Federal employee. The guy spent up to three fourths of his day surfing porn… and you and I are still paying his grossly inflated salary and benefits.

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From the Washington Post: “Making it plain on porn?

In May, the Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general disclosed that a senior-level employee was caught spending as much as six hours of his days looking at porn. The IG found that the employee had downloaded and viewed more than 7,000 pornographic files. The Justice Department is investigating further for possible prosecution.

Four months later, the employee has not been fired and is still collecting government pay, Environment & Energy Publishing reported last week.

That prompted Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) to introduce a bill the day Congress left town to forbid federal employees to look at porn on the job.

Many agencies have rules to that effect, but Meadows says they are not enforced. EPA spokeswoman Liz Purchia confirmed that the porn-watching employee is still employed but said he is on leave. She said she could not comment further because of the ongoing investigation.

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Meadows notes that this problem isn’t limited to the EPA. Several agencies over the years have dealt with employees’ use of government computers for activities that are, well, outside the scope of government work.

“It’s not just casual porn viewing, but hours and hours of unproductive time doing things we shouldn’t be condoning,” he said. “There seems to be a need to reinforce agency rules that might be in place, but not enforced.”

[See also, “Barack Obama’s Army: Federal Employees Paid Not to Work… For a Reason.”]

[See also, “Government Porn Viewers Demonstrate Why We Need Sequester Cuts.”]

I say we simply fire ALL Federal employees, except Congress and the military (they’re in the Constitution, though the vast majority of Congress needs to be “fired” in the voting booth), and see whether the world comes to an end. My bet is that we’d learn we can live life just fine without them.