SEC porn surfing – no firings

Recent stories (here and here) revealed that SEC employees and contractors were surfing porn on government computers while the economy was tanking and Bernie Madoff was stealing billions right under their noses.

In one instance, a regional office staff account admitted viewing pornography on his office computer and on his SEC-issued laptop while on official government travel. Another staff account received nearly 1,800 access denials for pornography Web sites in a two-week period and had more than 600 images saved on her laptop’s hard drive, the report said.

A senior attorney at SEC headquarters in Washington admitted he sometimes spent as much as eight hours viewing pornography from his office computer, according to the report. The attorney’s computer ran out of space for the downloaded images, so he started storing them on CDs and DVDs that he stored in his office.

How was this handled by the SEC? According to this article (from Federal Eye), about as you would expect from a government agency.

None of the Securities and Exchange Commission employees caught using government computers to view pornographic images has been fired, according to the agency.

The SEC inspector general investigated 28 employees and five contractors for accessing inappropriate images and Web sites, according to a report released late last week.

Of the employees, eight resigned and six were suspended for periods lasting one to 14 days, the inspector general, H. David Kotz, said in an letter Tuesday to Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa). Five were issued formal reprimands, six were issued informal counseling or warning letters, and three are currently facing disciplinary action.

All five contractors caught were removed from their contracts, Kotz added.

The SEC comes up with different numbers, but they also add up to no firings.

How would your employer handle this situation?

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2 Responses to “SEC porn surfing – no firings”

  1. […] 33 employees for accessing porn on their government computers (previous posts here and here). According to this story (from WLS-TV) all of the employees have now been […]

  2. […] Surf porn for up to eight hours a day. […]

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