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Porn-loving federal employees using government computers during work hours for porn-surfing may not have enough to do!

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), with a $140 billion budget, was criticized in September by the USDA’s Office of Inspector General (IG) for its employees habit of viewing porn on government computers.

In a management alert memo the IG revealed a “significant increase” in the number of USDA employees and contractors viewing and sharing  pornographic content using their government computers. Some of the content included child pornography, according to the IG memo.

The IG noted security risks of surfing porn websites on government computers but did not condemn employees for getting paid by taxpayers to enjoy the porn of their choice.

“Websites that disseminate pornographic material historically have proven themselves to be a network attack vector and, as such, present an ideal opportunity for those individuals who would seek to compromise a USDA employee or contractor for the purpose of extorting access to the Department’s network(s) and/or sensitive or classified information,” the IG writes.

While the report came out in September, it wasn’t until late last month that the agency’s Chief Information Officer announced that, beginning this week, more than 400 websites will be blocked.

It is not only porn that the USDA employees will not be allowed to surf on government time. Facebook, Snapchat and What’sApp were also blocked leaving tens of thousands of government employees with lots of time on their hands.

It’s unclear if porn surfing among USDA employees played a role in a recent $8 million increase to enhance the agency’s cyber security capabilities.

Defenders of the government porn surfers say there is simply not enough to do, and government employees enjoying porn breaks during the day help them relieve stress and help them keep busy since there are far too many employees with not enough work to do.

Some however perceive federal employees watching pornography on government computers during work hours as a problem.

Legislation (Eliminating Pornography from Agencies Act) was introduced in Congress a few years ago to try to contain the horny cadre – at least during work hours. No one has yet considered introducing saltpeter.

Judicial Watch reported on the topic, especially at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the agency charged with policing the nation’s financial industry. It seems those intrepid men and ladies have their eyes on more than just stock offerings.

Supporters say that the SEC employees were merely enjoying pornography to help them offset the tedium of monitoring stocks and the depressing challenges of a crumbling economy during the Obama period.

High-ranking managers at the agency regularly spent work hours enjoying pornography on their government computers while the country’s financial system collapsed.  Porn lovers included senior officers with six-figure salaries, who were viewing porn on agency computers during work hours.

One senior attorney at the SEC headquarters in Washington D.C. spent up to eight hours a day accessing internet porn. When his government computer ran out of file space, he was forced to download pornographic images on compact discs and store them in boxes in his office.

One agency accountant tried to access porn websites 16,000 times in one month and was found to have hundreds of pornographic images on her computer hard drive. No one thought to issue her a second computer to store the extra porn.

Another SEC accountant – trapped in his humdrum bureaucratic job – and whose ambition was perhaps to be an amateur porn star himself – used his government computer to upload sexually explicit videos of himself onto various porn websites that he frequented during business hours.

This way he could reveal himself on various porn sites much to the admiration of viewers both governmental and nongovernmental.

The National Science Foundation (NSF), was revealed by its inspector general for having employees spend significant portions of their workdays watching, downloading and e-mailing pornography on government computers without getting caught for years.

The supervisors were probably busy enjoying porn along with the employees.

 

Government employee hard at work.
Gender neutral policy for government porn watchers.

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George Frobisher

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  • Important clarification for your readers. The examples from the SEC and the NSF are from reports dated 2010 and 2009, respectively. The eliminating porn act was introduced in 2014 (I guess this could be considered “a few years ago”). Not all readers will click the the links in your article. You could have been more explicit that only the USDA porn surfing is the only current news (a report from 2017). What’s the tile of your next article, “#1 Alabama beats #2 Texas 37-21 in the BCS National Championship”?

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