SEC employees “disciplined” for accessing porn on govt. computers

The SEC has finally “disciplined” 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 “disciplined” or are receiving “counseling.”

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has now disciplined 33 employees for accessing pornography while on the job, using government computers.In this Intelligence Report: Many of them were lawyers and senior officials, and some were in Chicago.

Some of the employees spent every working hour looking at internet pornography then attributed their behavior to an addiction.

This conduct went on for at least five years in some cases and involved numerous high-ranking employees of the federal agency that regulates the securities industry in at least seven SEC offices including Chicago.

In the three years since the American financial system nearly crashed, some top staffers of the federal agency in charge of market recovery spent their days doing something else on their computers– including a senior attorney who spent eight hours a day in his office accessing so much pornography he ran out of hard drive storage and had to transfer photos and video to CDs and DVDs.

According to results of an internal pornography investigation, 33 employees at SEC offices, including Chicago, have now been disciplined or are receiving counseling, including an SEC accountant who searched for pornography via his government computer 16,000 times in a month, bypassing an internal government filter. He received a 14-day suspension.

All of the SEC workers cited for government ethics violations were paid at least $99,000 a year. Seventeen of them were considered senior-level employees earning annual salaries of as much as $222,000.

The SEC has almost 4000 employees and will soon hire more to accommodate the Dodd-Frank boot-to-the-face legislation passed last year. These 33 are just the ones they decided to go after. You can be sure that there are many, many more who either slipped under the radar or where considered little fish.

No details on the “discipline” but none were fired – some even claimed “victim” status. How do you think a private sector company would have handled this? Would any of these porn surfers still be employed?

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One Response to “SEC employees “disciplined” for accessing porn on govt. computers”

  1. 16,000 hours a month ?!!! … 99,000 -222,000 bucks each … Lawyers of course !!! … Methinks that’s an awful lot of money to pay people NOT to mind the store !!! …

    And you’re absolutely bang on … How many people in the private sector would still have a job ?! … ‘ Victims ‘ my ass !!! … Not only should they be terminated immediately , but their bank accounts for the time period of their so called ‘ service ‘ should be confiscated to retrieve as much of the pay they defrauded from the public !!!

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