Barack Obama’s army is being reported as a case of government incompetence. As you can tell by my headline, however, I think there is a method to the madness.
The Washington Post reports: “Patent office filters out worst telework abuses in report to its watchdog.”
Prompted by multiple whistleblower complaints, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office began an internal investigation two years ago of an award-winning program that’s been praised in and outside government: Employees are allowed to work from home.
What the inquiry uncovered was alarming.
Some of the 8,300 patent examiners, about half of whom work from home full time, repeatedly lied about the hours they were putting in, and many were receiving bonuses for work they didn’t do. And when supervisors had evidence of fraud and asked to have the employee’s computer records pulled, they were rebuffed by top agency officials, ensuring that few cheaters were disciplined, investigators found.
Oversight of the telework program — and of examiners based at the Alexandria headquarters — was “completely ineffective,” investigators concluded.
But when it came time last summer for the patent office to turn over the findings to its outside watchdog, the most damaging revelations had disappeared. The report sent to Commerce Department Inspector General Todd Zinser concluded that it was impossible to know if the whistleblowers’ allegations of systemic abuses were true.
“What we hoped to see was an unfiltered response,” Zinser said.“That’s not what this was. It’s a lot less sensational. The true extent of the problem was not being conveyed to us.”
The Washington Post is not known as a bastion of conservatism. The only reason they would have reported this is because they knew it was true and knew someone else would break the story if they did not.
The original report “describes a culture of fraud that is overlooked by senior leaders, lax enforcement of the rules and the resulting frustration of many front-line supervisors.” This is cut from the version of the report given to the watchdog.
The agency’s telework system has served as a model for the Obama administration, which has sought to attract talent by extending similar programs to many corners of the government. In addition to the approximately 3,800 patent examiners who work full time from home, about 2,700 telework on a part-time basis.
I don’t think this “system” was “a model for the Obama administration” because they were ignorant of the corruption and fraud. This is an army of lobbyists, propagandists, and voters. People who get free money are going to be loyal to the source of it. People who don’t have to work for a living have time to make phone calls and troll websites pushing the regime’s lies.
They are, essentially, an “army” of activists that Obama can call upon. He’s done everything he can to make sure that the most Leftist of people want government payroll access.
This is not a government mistake; it is a strategy.