On December 18, 2013, Mr. Beale was sentenced to 32 months in prison for defrauding the EPA of approximately $900,000 in undeserved pay and bonuses. Our investigation found, among other things, that Mr. Beale received his salary while missing more than 2.5 years of work at the EPA… Our investigation indicated that the senior executive approved, or authorized the approval of, fraudulent time – and – attendance records and travel vouchers for Mr. Beale from 2000 through 2010.
… another EPA manager who allowed an employee to stay at home and not report for duty for several years. … It is estimated that the manager’s approval of fraudulent time-and-attendance records cost the government more than $500,000.
One such investigation involves a career EPA employee who allegedly stored pornographic materials on an EPA network server shared by colleagues. When an OIG special agent arrived at this employee’s work space to conduct an interview, the special agent witnessed the employee actively viewing pornography on his government-issued computer. Subsequently, the employee confessed to spending, on average, between two and six hours per day viewing pornography while at work. The OIG ’s investigation determined that the employee downloaded and viewed more than 7,000 pornographic files during duty hours.
…a GS-15 Step 10 EPA employee who has not been physically able to complete any work for at least the last year; however, this employee continues to draw a full salary and receive the benefits of an active employee. This employee suffers from a debilitating disease and has been allowed to remain on telework status for several years without providing any substantive work product.
These are just a few examples given at the testimony.
You wonder why we are so far in debt. Bad spending policy… major mismanagement of resources.
By the way – a GS-15 Step 10 employee makes over $150K annually.