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Federal paralegals had no work,
so they surfed the Internet

Washington Post, by Lisa Rein

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Posted By:Honeybadger, 7/31/2014 4:00:37 PM

Dozens of federal employees at an obscure agency that handles appeals of patent applications went years with so little work to do that they collected salaries — and even bonuses — while they surfed the Internet, did laundry, exercised and watched television, an investigation has found.The employees, paralegals making $60,000 to $80,000 a year, were idle with full knowledge of their immediate bosses and multiple layers of managers and judges who “sat on their hands” waiting for work to give them, a year-long probe by the Commerce Department inspector general’s office uncovered. The underworked paralegals did little as a backlog of

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: TXknitter, 7/31/2014 4:04:34 PM     (No. 9948238)

Most of our esteemed Congresscritters are fully aware of it too. Dishonest and sleazy to the Max.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: 3XALADY, 7/31/2014 4:14:12 PM     (No. 9948250)

If you´re surprised raise your hand. Just one of many obnoxious alphabet agencies doing this. Enough to gag a maggot. Dishonest people for doing this all those years too. I see somewhat the same thing in our country government and management is just totally oblivious. All county government buildings need time clocks and the rule that no one but the employee can punch them in.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Gator, 7/31/2014 4:28:38 PM     (No. 9948270)

Tip of the iceberg of federal fraud and waste.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: LadyVet, 7/31/2014 4:38:39 PM     (No. 9948280)

More reasons that public employee unions need to go, along with many members of the union.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Chas in Jax, 7/31/2014 7:05:22 PM     (No. 9948450)

It´s funny, because the one congressman most responsible for the disaster caused by the GS union making Federal employees so awful is Repub Tom Davis. Ex of Va.

Anybody familiar with GS workers is aware they know that once they pass probation, they can´t be fired. The worst ones can only be shuffled to other agencies.

Current example (VA) has congress maybe speeding up firing of a few upper level miscreants. Probably won´t happen, and no effort to allow firing 95% of workers.

The problem is the Govt is taking over more of our economy, and the people put in charge are hired from the shallow end of the pool, and cannot be held accountable.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: jgat, 7/31/2014 7:42:06 PM     (No. 9948492)

Fire all supervisors of those not working! If personnel are not working regularly their supervisor is derelict in his/her duties if they are not laid off or work is found for them. Only taxpayers money is squandered in this manner.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 8/1/2014 2:09:00 AM     (No. 9948841)

Let the good times roll, after all it´s OPM aka other people´s money aka your tax dollars. If they run out, borrow some more money from the likes of China.



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