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  • Why Are We Paying EPA Officials To Watch Porn At Work?

    How much porn is okay to watch at work? If you work at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency you can watch endless hours of porn and still get paid bonuses.

    A U.S. House committee accused the EPA on Wednesday of tolerating waste, fraud and “criminal conduct” that has cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    An EPA employee, who has received performance awards for his time at the agency and earns an annual income of $125,000, was accused of viewing pornography for two-to-six hours a day at work since 2010.

    An inspector general probe found the worker had 7,000 pornographic files on his EPA computer and was even watching porn when inspector general agents visited his office. This employee still works at the EPA.

    “This is truly a broken agency,” said committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Ca.). “This individual spent four consecutive hours on a site called ‘sadism is beautiful.’ You are running an organization from which no one can get fired. How much pornography would it take for an EPA employee to lose his job?”

    The guy watching porn wasn’t the only one getting away with breaking the rules—that was just one of the outrageous instances of misconduct by EPA.

    Investigators at the EPA’s Office of Inspector General (IG)—the official watchdog tasked with overseeing the agency— highlighted several cases where EPA employees were saying they were working when they weren’t and falsifying federal documents.

    The director of the agency’s Office of Administration, Renee Page, sold jewelry and weight loss pills out of her office during business hours and by using her government email account, according to IG, hired 17 of her family members and friends as paid interns and paid her daughter — who also works at the EPA — from her agency’s budget account. Page was not penalized for her misconduct but received a prestigious Presidential Rank Award in 2010 which included $35,000 in cash.

    Another employee with multiple-sclerosis was allowed to work at home for the last 20 years. She allegedly produced no work for the past five years though she was paid roughly $600,000. She retired after an investigation.

    The hearing was prompted by the case of John Beale, a senior EPA official who fooled his colleagues and superiors into believing he worked out of the office as a CIA spy. Beale was convicted last year of theft after he took an EPA paycheck and travel expenses for 13 years, amounting to nearly $900,000 in taxpayer dollars. He was sentenced to 32 months in prison in December 2013.

    “Today we are going to understand that John Beale’s behavior did not happen in a vacuum,” Issa said, calling it “just the tip of EPA’s fraudulent iceberg.”

    EPA inspector general agents claim the EPA’s Office of Homeland Security—run by President Obama’s political staff—has been obstructing their investigations and failed to report multiple incidents of employee misconduct.

    “Under the heavy cloak of ‘national security,’ the Office of Homeland Security has repeatedly rebuffed and refused to cooperate with the OIG’s ongoing requests for information or cooperation,” Assistant Inspector General Patrick Sullivan testified. “This block unquestionably has hamstrung the Office of Inspector General’s ability to carry out its statutory mandate to investigate wrongdoing of EPA employees.”

    Uncooperative EPA officials physically assaulted a special agent with the IG’s office, Elizabeth Drake, when she tried to ask him questions to assist with an investigation. She described her encounter at Wednesday’s hearing.

    “He repeatedly jabbed his finger at me, merely inches from my chest, and as he got more aggressive, his complexion heated, his veins bulged, and he began to sweat profusely,” Drake said.

    Issa gave the EPA one month to produce documents and communications between the agency and White House officials about the EPA’s response to congressional requests, or else face contempt.

    We live in an era where government officials—from The President of the United States, to Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State to Lois Lerner of the IRS—are accountability free. Holding anyone accountable is a “witch hunt”. Why would the EPA be hung out to dry when no one else is held accountable?


    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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