Wednesday, January 28, 2009

I'll Bet He Does

Chuck Grassley knows it when he sees it.

The “it,” of course, is pornography. And Grassley has seen it deep in a demurely titled section of a report from the National Science Foundation — a report that says NSF employees have been spending significant amounts of company time on smut sites and in other explicit pursuits.

Grassley, the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, on Tuesday fired off a letter to the NSF’s inspector general requesting all documents related to the “numerous reports” and seven investigations into “Abuse of NSF IT Resources” cited in the foundation’s 68-page semiannual report.

Despite the less-than-lurid sound of the probes, the employees in question weren’t just logging onto their Facebook accounts or buying birthday gifts on The report says they were watching, downloading and e-mailing porn, sometimes for significant portions of their workdays, and over periods of months or even years.

In one particularly egregious case, the report says one NSF “senior official” was discovered to have spent as much as 20 percent of his working hours over a two-year interval “viewing sexually explicit images and engaging in sexually explicit online ‘chats’ with various women.”

Investigators calculated the value of the time lost at more than $58,000 — for that employee alone.


Crap; if I were working for the federal government, I'd want some entertainment, too. $58,000 for one employee alone, over the years? Compared with the wasteful spending we've seen elsewhere over the past 8 years, and the stuff left in place that will carry the miserable legacy onward? And really, Mr. Grassley, what bigger issues are you deflecting from the Finance Committee? Look at this guy's face. He's probably jealous that other people are getting it, at least somewhere...

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