The EPA still has not fired employees for heavy watching of pornography at work and falsifying federal documents, according to Representative Darrell Issa,  House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman.

“How much pornography would it take for an EPA employee to lose his job?” Issa asked EPA officials testifying before the House Oversight Committee, one of whom was the EPA’s second in command.

“This individual spent four consecutive hours on a site called ‘sadism is beautiful,’” Issa said. “You are running an organization from which no one can get fired.”

Unbelievably, one EPA employee spent two to six hours every day looking at pornography since 2010 and has 7,000 porn files on the computer he uses.  He also even watched porn when inspector general agents visited his office. He still holds his job at the EPA.

Renee Page, the director of the agency’s Office of Administration, sold products using a government email account, according to the OIG.  Page hired 17 of her family members and friends as paid interns. Page also received a prestigious Presidential Rank Award in 2010, getting $35,000 in cash.

“[T}he OIG conducted an investigation into serious misconduct by another EPA manager who allowed an employee to stay at home and not report for duty for several years,” according to deputy assistant inspector general Allan Williams. “Based on a long-standing arrangement with the employee… this EPA manager not only entered fraudulent time-and-attendance records for the absent employee but also approved the same fraudulent records.”

“It is estimated that the manager’s approval of fraudulent time-and-attendance records cost the government more than $500,000,” Williams also said. “Even more egregious is that this EPA manager authored and approved exemplary performance appraisals that resulted in a cash award for the absent employee.”

The EPA’s abuses have gone on long enough.

 

F. Peter Brown writes for Western Journalism and is the Editor of the Sound Money Institute website.  Follow him on Twitter.

This article originally appeared on the Sound Money Institute .

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