Skip to comments.IG finds dozens of federal workers watched TV and did laundry on the clock — and got bonuses
Posted on 08/01/2014 1:44:34 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
For years, a particularly enthusiastic entrepreneur pitched his book that purported to show how Americans could get government cash for free — free except for the cost of his book, anyway. It turns out that getting free cash from Uncle Sam is even easier than he promised. The Commerce Department’s Inspector General did an investigation of the Patent and Trademark Office after receiving whistleblower complaints about waste, and discovered that dozens of employees got paid for years of arduous duty … such as watching TV, surfing the Internet, and doing their laundry.
The best part? Some of them got thousands of dollars in performance bonuses:
Dozens of federal employees at an obscure agency that handles appeals of patent applications went years with so little work to do that they collected salaries and even bonuses while they surfed the Internet, did laundry, exercised and watched television, an investigation has found.
The employees, paralegals making $60,000 to $80,000 a year, were idle with full knowledge of their immediate bosses and multiple layers of managers and judges who sat on their hands waiting for work to give them, a year-long probe by the Commerce Department inspector generals office uncovered.
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We in the patent industry (at least on the non-USPTO side) have been laughing about this all day.
especially those of us who think the Board of Appeals is eff’ed up . . . which is most of us
This is probably NORMAL for the federal government
Patent and Trademark Office—Isn’t this the bunch of clowns hassling the Redskins?
federal workers are just following their leader Obama
Another waste of taxpayer money. IG’s are worthless because NOTHING will be done.
Federal Government IS THE PROBLEM in this nation. It’s not just this agency, it’s all of them. And, they’re untouchable.
I wonder if they are hiring? You would not even need to move to DC.
In Communism, the workers pretended to work and the government pretended to pay them. In the American Welfare State, the government workers pretended to work and the government actually did pay them.
But we’re going to purge 550 Majors in the army rather than these useless federal slackers —
If they have this much time on their hands, we have too many federal employees.
I would rather have bureaucrats watching TV than making new regulations.
So where are those who often that govt “workers” work so hard. Many feds are hobos with a paycheck. RIF them now.
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