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'Bored' federal workers admit surfing porn sites on the job, records show

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WASHINGTON (WJLA) -- Government records indicate federal workers across a wide variety of agencies are apparently surfing porn websites on the job and citing boredom as their reason for doing so.

The documents outlining the amount of porn watching and other time wasting activities engaged in by some government employees were disclosed to the Washington Times in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

For one Federal Communications Commission worker, his porn habit at work was easy to explain: Things were slow, he told investigators, so he perused it “out of boredom” — for up to eight hours each week.

In another case, a Treasury Department official went on a porn binge after having little else to do.

“He stated he is aware it is against government rules and regulations, but he often does not have enough work to do and has free time,” investigators wrote in documents the Times obtained.

A career Environmental Protection Agency official was found to have stored thousands of dirty pictures on his computer. When questioned by investigators, "the employee confessed to spending, on average, between two and six hours per day viewing pornography while at work."

Aside from porn viewing, the investigation reports showed a variety of other reasons behind a lack of productivity at times.

For example, paralegals at the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board - who had received agency bonuses - admitted spending time watching TV, shopping online and exercising - instead of working. Why? They told investigators their supervisors didn't give them assignments.

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