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Federal employees cost taxpayers millions while watching porn at work

More than three million dollars was wasted on federal employees watching porn and wasting time at work. But Penny Nance of Concerned Women for America says that's only part of the harm their porn use caused.
Mon Aug 4, 2014 - 3:41 pm EST

Men aren't just watching pornography in their spare time at home anymore. According to a series of government reports, its use is rampant among federal workers during the work day.

According to The Washington Times, employees at several agencies have been caught watching pornography at work. However, the employees were not fired, and paralegals at the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board "received salaries and bonuses for years even though they spent much of their time watching television, shopping online, exercising and wasting time on their tablet computers."

The paralegals' viewing of pornography was highlighted in a report from the Commerce Department's Inspector General (IG). The Times also cites reports from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the General Services Administration (GSA).

Some employees admitted that they simply didn't have work to do, and the boredom led to the viewing of pornography.

The Commerce Department IG's report revealed that from 2009 to 2012, more than $5 million was wasted on employees who watched pornography, shopped online, and otherwise were non-productive almost 90 percent of the time they were on the clock. Yet some received bonuses as large as $3,500.

“There are two issues here,” Concerned Women for America President Penny Nance said. “First, we have more federal workers than we have work to keep them busy. Second, we have to fire the bad ones" who watched porn online.

Nance told LifeSiteNews that violations of the public trust and wasting taxpayer dollars are just two of the harms of watching pornography at work. "Pornography is destructive," Nance said. "First, you have the women who are victimized, used, and abused to make pornography. They are so broken and so damaged. Additionally, there is plenty of social science that shows the damage to families from viewing pornography."

"By disciplining these employees, you help them and their families, and you also guard against waste and fraud of taxpayer dollars," Nance said.

However, firing federal workers is difficult, even potentially hazardous, for supervisors. The Times reports that "some supervisors were reluctant to give paralegals special projects out of fear that the assignments could antagonize the labor union." USA TODAY reported in 2011 that 0.55 percent of the federal workforce had been fired in the 2011 fiscal year, while the private sector typically fires three percent of its workforce annually.

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"Death — rather than poor performance, misconduct or layoffs — is the primary threat to job security at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Small Business Administration, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Office of Management and Budget and a dozen other federal operations," reported USA TODAY.

National Review's Kevin Williamson told LifeSiteNews that "this is what you get when you have workers you cannot fire."


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