As though Democrats struggling to hold on to control of the Senate need another scandalous revelation about irresponsibility in the Obama administration….
Remember the jaw-dropping case of John Beale, the former EPA employee who didn’t show up at work for two-and-a-half years but continued to collect a paycheck while telling people that he was off working as a CIA spy? After being busted for the bizarre charade, Beale was sentenced to 32 months in prison for defrauding the EPA of about $900,000 in compensation.
Well, in a related revelation that will likely come as little surprise to many who understand the extent to which the Obama administration is infected by widespread fraud and abuse, the GAO says that thousands of government workers get paid tens of millions of dollars to stay home.
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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has just released an exhaustive report detailing how the federal government has recently paid nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars to employees who have not shown up to work for a variety of reasons — many of those reasons completely unacceptable in the private-sector workforce.
Via the Washington Examiner:
The federal government has shelled out more than $700 million in paid leave to more than 57,000 employees who were home from work for time periods stretching from one month to three years, a Government Accountability Office report has found.
Even in today’s environment where government routinely shells out billions for this and that, those are staggering numbers: “more than $700 million” to “more than 57,000 employees” who are not doing the people’s business.
And in some cases, workers accused of serious misconduct are reportedly getting paid to stay home:
…employees were home awaiting the outcome of investigations into alleged misconduct and criminal actions. Some racked up paid leave for “physical fitness activities,” and others were away from work seeking professional development. Employees also took paid leave for “recuperation” from overseas work.
The Fox News coverage of the GAO report reveals other outrageous behavior that would rarely, if ever, be tolerated in the private sector:
Some government employees who broke the rules – meaning they were cited for being untrustworthy or had ongoing issues with co-workers or their bosses — were allowed to remain on leave for large chunks of time while they challenged their demotions, the 62-page report said.
And which federal agency, says the GAO, is the biggest offender in the pay-for-no-work category? Again, via Fox News:
The report listed the Department of Defense as having the highest number of paid leaves on record. During the three fiscal years that ended in September 2013, DOD put 8,600 employees on leave for one to three months, close to 900 for three months to a full year and 123 employees for more than a year.
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