EPA Yet to Fire Employee Who Admitted Watching Truly Impressive Amount of Porn on the Job

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May 7 2014 6:06 PM

EPA Yet to Fire Employee Who Admitted Watching "Two to Six" Hours of Porn a Day on the Job

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Deputy EPA Administrator Bob Perciasepe is NOT the porn fiend in question.

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C'mon, EPA! From the Huffington Post:

"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," Allan Williams, deputy assistant inspector general for Investigations at the EPA, told the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee.
"Subsequently, the employee confessed to spending, on average, between two and six hours per day viewing pornography while at work," he added.
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EPA second-in-command Bob Perciasepe said the employee (who makes $120,000 a year) still hasn't been terminated because the EPA is waiting for an official report on his behavior. Perciasepe was not at all persuasive on this point, admitting he had known about the seemingly air-tight case (caught in the act plus confession) for "several months" when pressed by Rep. Jason Chaffetz:

This guy looking at porn, how long has that been going on since?
You all, again, have more infor—
Is the answer 2010?
I do not know. I do not know.
How can I know and you don't?
Because the inspector general has not told me.
[Some back-and-forth on a different issue.]
The first time I learned about it was a meeting with the inspector general.
When was that?
Within the last several months. And they're in—
Is it against the rules, is it against the department policies to watch porn at your office?
It is.
Then fire him! Fire him! What's the question?
We need to wait—
For what?
For the inspector general's report. I don't know if they're going to send him a criminal notice.
Is there any doubt in your mind that this guy is watching porn on a regular basis in his office? Is there any question?
I—I have no reason to doubt it because I trust the IG.
So what are you doing about it?
Well.
I'd like him to answer that question. What is he doing about it?
I mean, I am not personally doing anything about it.

Yeesh.

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