Senators crackdown on government employees accessing free porn sites

February 6th, 2009 - 5:25 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, Feb.6 (ANI): Reports of employees of the National Science Foundation accessing pornography sites on government computers has prompted three US Senators — Chuck Grassley, Barbara Mikulski and Richard Shelby to introduce an amendment to the Obama administrations stimulus package that would freeze three million dollars in operating funds should this practice continue.
The kind of behavior outlined in the inspector generals report is outrageous, repugnant and illegal. It wont be tolerated. The NSF must get its act together and take the steps weve outlined to restore the kind of accountability and decency the public deserves from its federal agencies, Politico quoted Mikulski as saying in a statement.
Grassley called the legislation a shot over the bow.
It stipulates that the NSF would have to meet certain criteria before the operating funds would be unfrozen. This includes the hiring of an outside counsel to provide oversight and the submission of progress reports to Congress.
It is absolutely critical that the inspector generals recommendations on IT security awareness be implemented as soon as possible to prevent further incidents, Shelby said in the statement.
The senators concerns focus on revelations of porn surfing at the NSF contained in the agencys semi-annual report.
Among the most egregious abuses was that of an unnamed senior official, who was found to have spent, over the course of two years, 20 percent of his paid work hours viewing graphic images and engaging in sexually explicit online chats.
Its inexcusable that workers at the NSF were watching pornography rather than doing their jobs and respecting the taxpayers who fund their work, said Grassley. (ANI)

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