Tuesday, May 25, 2010

All that and they get paid for it, too?

Some folks enter federal employment out of a true sense of public service to the nation. Other people however..? They do it to surf porn while at work. Well, not just surf porn but crank-up on meth while looking the other way to grease the skids for one of the biggest oil spills in our nation's history as well as the largest financial meltdown in ages.

We reviewed the e-mail accounts of MMS employees at the Lake Charles and New Orleans offices from 2005 to 2009. We found numerous instances of pornography and other inappropriate material on the e-mail accounts of 13 employees, six of whom have resigned. We specifically discovered 314 instances where the seven remaining employees received or forwarded pornographic images and links to Internet websites containing pornographic videos to other federal employees and individuals outside of the office using their government e-mail accounts.

That from an Inspector General's report on the Mineral Management Service that is charged with overseeing drilling operations in the Gulf and which also detailed illegal drug usage and the lavish gifting of MMS employees by the the very companies they were overseeing. The report also documents the gross conflicts of interest that existed at the Lake Charles, LA headquarters as employees bounced back and forth between the oil companies and the MMS which makes for the fact that MMS allowed these same gas and oil production companies to fill out their own inspection forms not such a big deal, now doesn't it?

And in totally related news...

On a day when President Obama argued for more government regulation over the financial industry , a new government report reveals that some high-level regulators have spent more time looking at porn than policing Wall Street.

The Securities and Exchange Commission is supposed to be the sheriff of the financial industry, looking for financial crimes like Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme. But the new report, obtained by ABC News, says senior employees of the SEC spent hours on the commission's computers looking at sites like naughty.com, skankwire, youporn, and others.

The investigation, which was conducted by the SEC's internal watchdog at the request of Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, found 31 serious offenders over the past two and a half years. Seventeen of the offenders were senior SEC officers with salaries ranging from $100,000 to $222,000 per year.

Insert your own joke about going blind, here.


B-Daddy said...

Are you kidding me? Six figures? Was anyone fired? Reading the article, I see that one guy resigned. How sad.

SarahB said...