9:32 AM, Sep 26, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Eric Katz of Government Executive writes that Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., has:
… introduced a bill to “prohibit the access of a pornographic or other explicit website from a federal computer.”
You might think that this is the sort of thing that wouldn’t require legislation. Most federal employees would simply understand that while the public (their employer) expects a certain amount of loafing and a lot of make-work activity from federal employees, there is a limit. And if a worker doesn’t understand, then a supervisor somewhere will, of course, make things clear. “Find another way to waste taxpayer money, or you’re fired.”
You might think that, but you would be wrong. Meadows’ proposed legislation, it seems, was inspired by the case of:
… an Environmental Protection Agency employee … found to have spent an average of two-to-six hours per day watching pornography at work.
Seems that, four months later, in the absence of legislation and ordinary common sense:
... the employee -- who also stored more than 7,000 pornographic files on an agency server -- has not been fired … EPA has placed the chronic porn watcher -- who confessed to his habit after an inspector general office investigator walked in on the employee “actively viewing porn on his government-issue computer” -- on administrative leave, meaning he is not working but still receiving his paycheck.
Idle question: What exactly did he do on the rest of his workday to keep our environment clean and safe?
1:08 PM, May 29, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
One of the more intriguing aspects of the VA health care scandal is the way the paperwork was creatively done to make it appear that the system was operating as it was meant to.
In theory . . .12:00 AM, Apr 12, 2014 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
Employers’ requests for the limited number of H1-B visas that allow foreign skilled workers to work and live here has wildly exceeded the supply. After all, the visas allow employers to hire foreigners, rather than bid up wage rates to attract American citizens, or incur the cost of training Americans to do the job. And the visas are free.
12:00 AM, Dec 14, 2013 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
Free traders are ecstatic. Negotiators at the 9th World Trade Organization ministerial conference in Bali cheered, hugged, and wept at what they see as the successful culmination of their recent round of talks. “A giant step for businesses large and small,” enthused the CEO of UPS.
But they opt to cut school workers' hours instead. 10:53 AM, Oct 25, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Obamacare is costing one Indiana school district $6 million, WTHI reports:
"In the past, we've told you about the new federal healthcare law and how small business and local governments have been hit," said the anchor. "The next area affected by the law could be education."
11:00 AM, Oct 17, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden offered returning federal workers handshakes, hugs, and kisses -- and muffins, too -- this morning at the EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Via the pool report:
10:00 AM, Oct 2, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The federal government is shutdown. That means only federal government employees that are deemed "essential" are going in to work.
We're led to believe it's a bare bones operation (Michelle Obama won't be tweeting, the National Park Service website is down, etc.). But in reality it appears the number of folks working is higher than half the federal employees. Or, in raw numbers, about 1,350,000 "essential" federal government employees are still working. And that does not include the 589,000 postal employees, who are working, too.
"No one knows what they do, what it means, how much they benefit us."3:32 PM, Apr 23, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
First Lady Michelle Obama praised federal workers in remarks today, calling them an "invisible face." Her remarks were delivered at the Department of Interior.
"I ... know that the work that you do isn’t easy, especially right now during these times. I know that budget cuts mean that you all are juggling even more responsibilities with fewer resources. And I know that many of you are stretched thinner than ever before," said the first lady.
1:51 PM, Mar 31, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Bill Kristol, with Mara Liasson and Charles Lane, on Fox News Sunday's "Panel Plus":
"They still have nothing to do."8:02 AM, Oct 19, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
The NBC affiliate in Grand Rapids filed this report on the stimulus-receiving battery company, LG Chem:
1:01 PM, May 17, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Speaking in Ohio, Vice President Joe Biden admitted that auto workers lost jobs because of actions taken by the Obama administration:
12:53 PM, May 17, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden didn't seem too worried about the auto workers who lost pensions and benefits because of the restructuring that the auto bailout required:
Sometimes layoffs are the only choice.Mar 15, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 25 • By ANDREW B. WILSON
Is corporate America downsizing itself to death? So you would think from watching Up in the Air, the popular movie starring George Clooney as a “downsizing expert” who racks up more than 10 million frequent flier miles going from city to city to terminate an endless parade of desperate employees.
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