Porn-surfing bureaucrats plague National Science Foundation

posted at 11:36 am on September 29, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

This must be part of the efficiency that Barack Obama hails in government-run programs, right?  The Washington Times says that porn surfing at the National Science Foundation got so bad and wasted so much time and money that the Inspector General had to postpone investigations into grant fraud to stop it.  They will probably have to do the same thing next year, too, before they can stamp it out entirely:

Employee misconduct investigations, often involving workers accessing pornography from their government computers, grew sixfold last year inside the taxpayer-funded foundation that doles out billions of dollars of scientific research grants, according to budget documents and other records obtained by The Washington Times.

The problems at the National Science Foundation (NSF) were so pervasive they swamped the agency’s inspector general and forced the internal watchdog to cut back on its primary mission of investigating grant fraud and recovering misspent tax dollars.

“To manage this dramatic increase without an increase in staff required us to significantly reduce our efforts to investigate grant fraud,” the inspector general recently told Congress in a budget request. “We anticipate a significant decline in investigative recoveries and prosecutions in coming years as a direct result.”

But …

He said the office’s 2010 budget request was written well in advance and that, at the time, “we were consumed with a lot of these cases.”

One senior NSF executive spent 331 days looking at porn from the office.  In case anyone’s counting, most people work no more than 250 days out of the year, as they have 104 Saturdays and Sundays off, plus holidays and vacation.  Either he spent a lot of weekend time at the office surfing the red-light districts of the Internet or he had been doing this for more than a year before getting caught.  The Times reports that his colleagues knew of his “proclivities,” but apparently declined to do anything about it.

He did offer an interesting defense once caught, though.  It turns out that he thought the NSF was a welfare program for young, attractive single women overseas:

When finally caught, the NSF official retired. He even offered, among other explanations, a humanitarian defense, suggesting that he frequented the porn sites to provide a living to the poor overseas women. Investigators put the cost to taxpayers of the senior official’s porn surfing at between $13,800 and about $58,000.

“He explained that these young women are from poor countries and need to make money to help their parents and this site helps them do that,” investigators wrote in a memo.

Er, okay … but even if that were the case, it’s the kind of activity one would pursue at home and not in the office at taxpayer expense.  Nor was it just the men.  One woman at NSF uploaded nude pictures of herself to her office computer.  When caught, she claimed she did it by accident.  She still has her job, although if one accepted her story at face value, we have to wonder how someone that foolish has a job in a science foundation — especially one that handles billions of dollars in federal grants.

The most important part of this story to remember is the year: 2008.  Most larger companies that have Internet access solved this problem years ago with good IT work.  The NSF employs 1200 people, and yet got caught by surprise by an epidemic of people surfing the web for porn during work hours.  This is what happens when government removes the profit motive; organizations get sloppy about productivity and effectiveness.


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“He explained that these young women are from poor countries and need to make money to help their parents and this site helps them do that,” investigators wrote in a memo.

I’m totally remembering that for when I get caught. That’s excellent.

lorien1973 on September 29, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Does this mean we can pay for healthcare under ObamaCare with porn?

gwelf on September 29, 2009 at 11:40 AM

The NSFW NSF.

zmdavid on September 29, 2009 at 11:42 AM

I’m totally remembering that for when I get caught. That’s excellent.

lorien1973 on September 29, 2009 at 11:40 AM

ugh… don’t use that on your wife.

upinak on September 29, 2009 at 11:42 AM

If only we could get that many Congressmen looking at this much porn – this would be the most practical way to achieve small government.

gwelf on September 29, 2009 at 11:43 AM

Very important research. Hey, let’s increase their funding!

JammieWearingFool on September 29, 2009 at 11:43 AM

I’m sure all of them were just rickrolled into looking… Like when I send people links that say “Free Kittens” and it turns out to be Goatse.

Lehosh on September 29, 2009 at 11:43 AM

Employees at private corporations get fired for this (I’ve known someone who has)…. did these guys?

CityFish on September 29, 2009 at 11:43 AM

I’m totally remembering that for when I get caught. That’s excellent.

lorien1973 on September 29, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Tax deduction for charity!

gwelf on September 29, 2009 at 11:43 AM

They should make a short relocation from Arlington to DC and change their name to National Science Foundation, Washington (NSFW)

IU_Conservative on September 29, 2009 at 11:43 AM

I’m totally remembering that for when I get caught. That’s excellent.

lorien1973 on September 29, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Err,

Tax deduction for charity!

gwelf on September 29, 2009 at 11:43 AM

I don’t think this is good for Michelle’s children.

sammypants on September 29, 2009 at 11:44 AM

If you’re caught surfing porn at work and you’re a Federal employee, you’re fired, your job is eliminated, and your supervisor is suspended. If it happens twice to your supervisor (two different employees) he or she’s fired and his/her job is eliminated, all the way up to the top.

No exceptions.

ncjetsfan on September 29, 2009 at 11:44 AM

Can we see a trend here on the left?

Anyone in science knows you won’t get an NSF grant if you are not outwardly researching a politically correct issue. Whatever your research project, if you connect it with AIDS you have a good chance of getting funded.

Now, perhaps if you include some pornographic reference, your odds will go up, too.

Linnea on September 29, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Schools and businesses research and promote advertising propaganda.

Dissolve the NSC and the NEA.
Cut taxes.

maverick muse on September 29, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Theme song for this story:
Thomas Dolby – She Blinded Me With Science

zmdavid on September 29, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Bush messed up by squashing the “.xxx” domain. If this domain was allowed to exists, IT security would be a lot easier in that it is realy easy to prohibit a top-level domain in firewall software and hardware boxes. Also, the courts would allow for regulation that says you can create porn sites on the internet, but they must only exists in the red light (i.e., .xxx top-level domain) district.

WashJeff on September 29, 2009 at 11:46 AM

Surprised their defense wasn’t that they were studying the mating rituals and mating postures of Homo sapiens. Hey they’re in the govt. — one thing they know is how to spin things.

Christian Conservative on September 29, 2009 at 11:46 AM

No exceptions.

ncjetsfan on September 29, 2009 at 11:44 AM

except at the NSF?

maverick muse on September 29, 2009 at 11:46 AM

I’m sure looking at porn is somehow good at combating ‘climate change’.

gwelf on September 29, 2009 at 11:46 AM

Can’t really blame these guys…after all they were all raised on Weird Science.

Merely taking it up a notch…

coldwarrior on September 29, 2009 at 11:46 AM

I think I’ve seen one of these offices located in a mall near one of the orange line DC metro stops. I looked in and saw a lot of prairie dogging going on in the cubicle farm and thought it looked a little weird.

Now it all makes sense….

ted c on September 29, 2009 at 11:47 AM

organizations get sloppy

Ed, your choice of words sometimes amuses me. I still haven’t figured out if you do this on purpose or by accident. Either way, it’s hilarious. I guess that’s all I got out of that article because nothing the government does surprises me anymore.

SouthernGent on September 29, 2009 at 11:47 AM

Must be studying Wood Technology and Sciences….

TomAnon on September 29, 2009 at 11:48 AM

I betcha that the grant fraud investigations will/would turn up evidence that an ACORN subsidiary got money to study the importation of under aged sex slaves from a poor country and installing them in a government financed brothel.

This would make sense. Especially if it were linked to stopping STDs or unplanned pregnancy.

OkieDoc on September 29, 2009 at 11:49 AM

I remember when Ford stopped people from surfing sites like that. You know what it took? A proxy server that disallowed access to those sites. Wow, technical magic, and that was before 2001.

There’s no excuse for these guys and gals. Block all but pertinent sites, and anyone who continuously racks up banned site hit attempts should be fired. Pretty simple.

Spiritk9 on September 29, 2009 at 11:49 AM

“He explained that these young women are from poor countries and need to make money to help their parents and this site helps them do that,” investigators wrote in a memo.

Kind of like the excuse of “putting these strippers through college”. It doesn’t work for some reason.

MDWNJ on September 29, 2009 at 11:50 AM

don’t most agencies and companies have filters and firewalls?

vcferlita on September 29, 2009 at 11:52 AM

Performance art.

LibTired on September 29, 2009 at 11:52 AM

senior official’s porn surfing at between $13,800 and about $58,000.

I love how precise these budgets are…

right2bright on September 29, 2009 at 11:52 AM

The NSF employs 1200 people, and yet got caught by surprise by an epidemic of people surfing the web for porn during work hours.

At least it sounds like there were not too many idle hands at the NSF.

ICBM on September 29, 2009 at 11:52 AM

Your government, inaction.

redshirt on September 29, 2009 at 11:53 AM

What? They aren’t tuned into Obama at all times? Sacrilege!!

Hog Wild on September 29, 2009 at 11:54 AM

don’t most agencies and companies have filters and firewalls?

vcferlita on September 29, 2009 at 11:52 AM

Many posters on here ask what the video is about because their company blocks them…and others say they can’t wait to get home because HotAir is blocke…a crime by any ones book.

right2bright on September 29, 2009 at 11:54 AM

Fire ‘em. Immediately.

Next problem, please.

BuckeyeSam on September 29, 2009 at 11:54 AM

Well at least they are not helping to set up slavery rings anyway. Speaking of which, what happened to ACORN? Did they fall off the radar completely?

MB4 on September 29, 2009 at 11:54 AM

If only we could get that many Congressmen looking at this much porn – this would be the most practical way to achieve small government.

gwelf on September 29, 2009 at 11:43 AM

What makes you think they do any work? They already admitted that they don’t read the bills they supposedly wrote (re: Waxman, not knowing everything in the C&T bill).

We need to get the congressmen’s staffers to watch porn at work, not just the congressmen.

novakyu on September 29, 2009 at 11:56 AM

That old perv was allowed to retire. he should have had to make restitution for all the time spent “away from the office”.

JAW on September 29, 2009 at 11:56 AM

For those who are still keeping track of the mortgage situation (good grief it’s hard keeping up with all this but it must be done)… Christopher Dodd says he’s lost some of the records concerning his mortgage deal with Countrywide.

(H/T Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit(!))

Monday’s Wall Street Journal report about Countrywide Financial Corp., which refinanced mortgages for Dodd in 2003, threatens to put the brakes on his comeback by reinvigorating the issue that got him in trouble to begin with.

According to the Journal’s account (subscription req’d.),Countrywide recorded phone conversations with borrowers in the controversial mortgage program that included public officials, but those recordings have been destroyed.

While there’s only a passing mention of Dodd, any story that revives the Countrywide VIP program complicates the five-term senator’s re-election bid.

The Senate Ethics Committee in August dismissed complaints alleging that Dodd and Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) had received special mortgage deals from Countrywide. The committee, however, said they should have “exercised more vigilance” in order to avoid the appearance that they received preferential treatment.

Simmons has already seized on the Journal report and within hours sent out a fundraising email that asks ominously, “What was in those recordings?”

http://www.politico.com/blogs/scorecard/0909/The_lost_Countrywide_phone_tapes.html

Chaz706 on September 29, 2009 at 11:57 AM

The proverbial fox guarding the henhouse.

Johan Klaus on September 29, 2009 at 11:57 AM

And I’m assuming its a man. Can’t be too sure these days.

JAW on September 29, 2009 at 11:57 AM

Pocket Rocket Science.

BL@KBIRD on September 29, 2009 at 11:57 AM

The oboobi administration will be announcing the creation of the porn czar in 3…2…1

SHARPTOOTH on September 29, 2009 at 11:58 AM

Reminds me of a scene from the film The Siege.

Spy going at it with a suspected terrorist, while the whole thing being recorded in infrared and other spies watch the whole infrared… fire… on their screen. One of them just blurbs, “Beats the Hell out of cable!”

Didn’t think it was that close to real life…

newton on September 29, 2009 at 11:59 AM

don’t most agencies and companies have filters and firewalls?

vcferlita on September 29, 2009 at 11:52 AM

You would think. I work for a school district and they block tons of sites. I can’t access YouTube which is why half the clips posted on here aren’t visible.

And failing that, it’s not very difficult to monitor what employees are doing on their computers. The government could easily solve this problem if they gave a crap.

Doughboy on September 29, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Are they hiring?

jhffmn on September 29, 2009 at 12:03 PM

I hate to be the Devil’s advocate, but can somebody tell me: In what way is this any LESS productive than anything else the NSF does?

logis on September 29, 2009 at 12:05 PM

Umm, block the sites? How hard can that be?

Government is such a joke.

bridgetown on September 29, 2009 at 12:06 PM

Speaking of which, what happened to ACORN? Did they fall off the radar completely?

MB4 on September 29, 2009 at 11:54 AM

Nope, Bretbart seems to be timing releases according to an unknown master-plan. But it is looking like Patrick Gaspard is next on the take-down list.

http://biggovernment.com/2009/09/28/acorns-man-is-political-director-in-white-house/

Archimedes on September 29, 2009 at 12:08 PM

If the entire Congress waisted all their time on porn, they wouldn’t be able to screw the economy over like they are doing now.

“I’d give them each a million bucks to get out of town.”

- Walter Williams

Sapwolf on September 29, 2009 at 12:09 PM

I’m sure the gal that uploaded the nude photo of herself was just not being selfish. She was so hot that it just was unfair to the rest of the world to keep it all to herself :)

Punditpawn on September 29, 2009 at 12:09 PM

We enable the whores in Washington to check out whores around the world.

The real whores are us!

Schadenfreude on September 29, 2009 at 12:13 PM

Employee misconduct investigations, often involving workers accessing pornography from their government computers, grew sixfold last year inside the taxpayer-funded foundation that doles out billions of dollars of scientific research grants, according to budget documents and other records obtained by The Washington Times.

The REALITY is that recipients of grants (taxpayer money, in other words, with very little to no oversight associated) then run free and clear and do whatever however whenever with the funds afterward.

There’s a reliance in our society upon the assumption that “they’re scientists, they’re alright working alone in their laboratories…because, well, they’re scientists”.

But these grants are substantial. I mean, substantial. People receive a huge amount of money and it literally goes to some of their heads, as it also creates an expectancy upon future funding (they’ve been “awarded” so there is an ongoing demand/reliance that they’ll continue to be “funded”) (without too much regard from just where and how that money comes from).

Obviously, this is an abuse of gross dimensions (pun intended). But I hardly think it’s an isolated report on isolated human amorality or even absurd behaviors using taxpayer money to sustain such. Unfortunately.

And hasn’t some supervisor somewhere discovered the practice of blocks on certain websites? Entire ranges of sites can be blocked easily, even limited internet access — but I think the best practice is to make it well known to employees that their internet use will be monitored at any time while on the job, which does limit bad behavior. Some companies do review employee internet use/histories daily and they fire for abuses.

I don’t like the whole idea of HAVING to “moderate” or monitor anyone’s use of the internet, but where companies (for profit or not) are concerned, particularly with public fund use, then there’s a greater responsibility by those involved, employees or not. And holding employees responsible to reasonable use of the internet/equipment/their productivity hours is not unusual, not at all.

Lourdes on September 29, 2009 at 12:13 PM

“filtering,” it’s called “filtering.” It’s easy, it’s relatively cheep…sometime’s it’s even free.

29Victor on September 29, 2009 at 12:14 PM

Chaz706 on September 29, 2009 at 11:57 AM

Doc’s and tapes have come up mysteriously shredded/erased at B of A as well who took over Countrywide.

Ther is a pattern developing here, as the blogoshere has turned up the heat, documentation is “disappearing”. The Climate models used in the AGW farce, and data used for their base-line temps are now Poof!

I would imagine that when the time comes we’ll find that as we speak/type, shredders are being maxed-out at ACORN & SEIU.

Archimedes on September 29, 2009 at 12:15 PM

I’m sure the gal that uploaded the nude photo of herself was just not being selfish. She was so hot that it just was unfair to the rest of the world to keep it all to herself :)

Punditpawn on September 29, 2009 at 12:09 PM

Isn’t that really pathetic? That a woman (or a man, for that matter) would do that, I mean, it’s truly a pathetic reflection of someone’s awful desperation. For a female to do that, though, even moreso, given the assumption that men are just going to look at porno nomatterwhat (which I also think is pathetic, but, that’s society’s assumption, that males and porno are somehow alright — I don’t share in that assumption but I do know many do).

Lourdes on September 29, 2009 at 12:17 PM

senior official’s porn surfing at between $13,800 and about $58,000.
I love how precise these budgets are…

right2bright on September 29, 2009 at 11:52 AM

One of the most unforgivable parts of this story is the fact that with all the thousands upon thousands of FREE porn sites, this guy (on top of low work productivity, shirking his duties, the complete irrisponsibility both morally and ethically in doing this) went to PAY sites on our tax dime?!?!?

DrAllecon on September 29, 2009 at 12:18 PM

“When finally caught, the NSF official retired.”

Retired? Eligible to receive all of his benefits and pension?

He should have been fired. Period.

fogw on September 29, 2009 at 12:18 PM

They do a lot of trolling too. When you see trolls commenting during work hours, the odds are good they if they have a job, it’s a gubmit job. (Or maybe they’re getting $12/hour from Soros).

petefrt on September 29, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Just stop the government grants and the problem is solved.

Johan Klaus on September 29, 2009 at 12:18 PM

“filtering,” it’s called “filtering.” It’s easy, it’s relatively cheep…sometime’s it’s even free.

29Victor on September 29, 2009 at 12:14 PM

Yeah, easy, available. It’s absurd that it’s dismissed as not being a practice by any organization (especially one using taxpayer money) due to “staffing limitations” and the like. Just an excuse, in my view, to avoid being responsible to the public.

Lourdes on September 29, 2009 at 12:19 PM

The surfers should be canned, but the IT staff needs to be fired and their pictures and names posted everywhere on the internet so nobody else hires the incompetent people who allowed surfing like this to begin with! It’s less than $10,000 to put in redundant proxy servers with intense content filtering.

If their boss told them to ignore it, he gets published everywhere and I still want to know about the IT staff that didn’t blow the whistle (no pun intended) on this sooner!

PastorJon on September 29, 2009 at 12:21 PM

A careful read-between-the-lines of this story demonstrates that the Obama Administration has a very elastic definition of pornographic websites.

Covered under that definition are “HotAir,” “Michelle Malkin,” “National Review” and, especially, “Steyn Online.”

FlameWarrior on September 29, 2009 at 12:21 PM

Just stop the government grants and the problem is solved.

Johan Klaus on September 29, 2009 at 12:18 PM

BINGO! We have a winner, give that man a cupie doll!

Archimedes on September 29, 2009 at 12:21 PM

They do a lot of trolling too. When you see trolls commenting during work hours, the odds are good they if they have a job, it’s a gubmit job. (Or maybe they’re getting $12/hour from Soros).

petefrt on September 29, 2009 at 12:18 PM

RIGHT YOU ARE. I noticed that, too, work hours, especially from EST range, lots of pro-DNC talking points, come end of day, zip. And they’re intensely trolling in those regards, not like it’s isolated.

Another area of trolling is by network administrators and associated. They’re not SUPPOSED to do that but some do, if they’re Leftists and many are, in my experience. They compromise individual customer information by way of making claims about people under anonymous IDs, content that is likely only available to a system admin/network admin. who witnesses traffic from individual accounts. Very, very bad.

Lourdes on September 29, 2009 at 12:22 PM

I would imagine that when the time comes we’ll find that as we speak/type, shredders are being maxed-out at ACORN & SEIU.

Archimedes on September 29, 2009 at 12:15 PM

I am sure that they have also worn out the delete button.

Johan Klaus on September 29, 2009 at 12:22 PM

Sorry ^^, bad formatting…should read as this:

They do a lot of trolling too. When you see trolls commenting during work hours, the odds are good they if they have a job, it’s a gubmit job. (Or maybe they’re getting $12/hour from Soros).

petefrt on September 29, 2009 at 12:18 PM

RIGHT YOU ARE. I noticed that, too, work hours, especially from EST range, lots of pro-DNC talking points, come end of day, zip. And they’re intensely trolling in those regards, not like it’s isolated.

Another area of trolling is by network administrators and associated. They’re not SUPPOSED to do that but some do, if they’re Leftists and many are, in my experience. They compromise individual customer information by way of making claims about people under anonymous IDs, content that is likely only available to a system admin/network admin. who witnesses traffic from individual accounts. Very, very bad.

Lourdes on September 29, 2009 at 12:22 PM

Lourdes on September 29, 2009 at 12:23 PM

“When finally caught, the NSF official retired.”

Retired? Eligible to receive all of his benefits and pension?

He should have been fired. Period.

fogw on September 29, 2009 at 12:18 PM

I agree. Or at least required to make restitution for the lost hours not worked and the other associated expenses.

That he wasn’t and was allowed to “retire” without so much as requirement to repay for the damages is absurd and yet another area of “government grants” that is unacceptable, just corrupt in practice. Many like him I am guessing are equally dealt with permissively. It’s wrong.

Lourdes on September 29, 2009 at 12:26 PM

Were they doing research for ACORN?

Jeff from WI on September 29, 2009 at 12:28 PM

A few considerations here:

First off, yes, this kind of thing can be contained at the network.

But IT staff can only act if they’re backed up by higher management, and in this case it looks like the higher management was part of the problem, or at the very least clueless.

Further, scientists (and people who think they’re scientists) tend to have a sense of entitlement pretty much on par with lawyers – the lawyers because they expect to tell you what the rules are and not vice-versa, the scientists because they believe they’re each special and unique and you can’t apply rules to them.

JEM on September 29, 2009 at 12:29 PM

OBAMAPORN…..coming to a HealthCare provider near you soon!

SDarchitect on September 29, 2009 at 12:31 PM

NSFW: Not Safe For Working

Immolate on September 29, 2009 at 12:31 PM

They were just studying Human Anatomy and Physiology. What could be so wrong with that. /s

chemman on September 29, 2009 at 12:32 PM

But it is looking like Patrick Gaspard is next on the take-down list.

http://biggovernment.com/2009/09/28/acorns-man-is-political-director-in-white-house/

Archimedes on September 29, 2009 at 12:08 PM

That is excellent news. It’s entirely disgusting that Gaspard, “ACORN’S GUY,” is currently IN the White House, titled and functioning for Barack Obama as “Political Director.”

This entire infection from the Left just has to be eradicated from the U.S. government. Just eradicated, removed, dismissed as advantaged interests (and I include groups such as La Raza in that, too).

Let people form groups, whatever, but ACORN-TIDES-SEIU is looking like, if not already proven to be by many other actions, a criminal organization. Certainly functions as one, altogether.

Lourdes on September 29, 2009 at 12:34 PM

OBAMAPORN…..coming to a HealthCare provider near you soon!

SDarchitect on September 29, 2009 at 12:31 PM

Lends a new dimension to ObamaCare…palliative care, take a pill, look at porn, lower your expectations!

Lourdes on September 29, 2009 at 12:36 PM

Dang. Now I know what I was doing wrong in my grant applications. I always thought tying it in to Global Warming was the hot ticket, but now I see what the grant title should be:

How Hot Triple-XXX Sexxxy Babes Mud Wrestling Contribute to the Effects of Global Warming on

starboardhelm on September 29, 2009 at 12:38 PM

That is:

How Hot Triple-XXX Sexxxy Babes Mud Wrestling Contribute to the Effects of Global Warming on [fill in subject matter here]

starboardhelm on September 29, 2009 at 12:39 PM

OBAMAPORN…..coming to a HealthCare provider near you soon!

SDarchitect on September 29, 2009 at 12:31 PM

The little blue site.

ICBM on September 29, 2009 at 12:41 PM

went to PAY sites on our tax dime?!?!?

DrAllecon on September 29, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Of course, should be fired for being stupid…

right2bright on September 29, 2009 at 12:44 PM

Does anyone remember the days of this commercial?

I wasn’t porn surfing! I was playin with my Slinky! Dammit.

Key West Reader on September 29, 2009 at 12:48 PM

I work at a government lab, and believe me when I say that the lab has the technology here to stop this kind of activity, and it uses it. Anything much beyond accidentally going through a porn link gets a personal warning from our network security. More, and it goes to your supervisor, and it escalates from there. This is a management issue at the NSF, not technology or funding, and they need to feel some heat from this incident to get them to start taking it seriously.

Socratease on September 29, 2009 at 12:48 PM

When finally caught, the NSF official retired.

I hope someone thought to disinfect or replace the carpet in his office.

BobMbx on September 29, 2009 at 1:00 PM

Um, it’s called a hardware or software INTERNET PROXY. Look into it. A lot cheaper than the horndog that spent up to $50k lookin at porn and gives you the ability to BLOCK such traffic. This, from the government that wants to run everything, and it can’t even run itself appropriately.

Sponge on September 29, 2009 at 1:01 PM

So a guy pulls up in a taxi to a huge federal office building, and he says to the cabby, “How many people work there?” The cabbie replies, “Oh, about half.”

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on September 29, 2009 at 1:02 PM

So really, when the NSF says that global warming is real, it is only because they themselves are heating up?

Vashta.Nerada on September 29, 2009 at 1:02 PM

Remember what lefties say, scientists are better people than the rest of us so they deserve more.

Speedwagon82 on September 29, 2009 at 1:03 PM

went to PAY sites on our tax dime?!?!?

DrAllecon on September 29, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Most likely they have recorded the amount of time he spent exercising Mr. Woody. The number represents the salary he was paid during his philanthropy episodes.

BobMbx on September 29, 2009 at 1:07 PM

Get this. The reason that IT can’t block the traffic? The Government Employees Union won’t allow IT to put in filters on the network. Half of NSF’s traffic is dedicated to inappropriate content, including Facebook, porn, craigslist and other junk. The union sets the policy.

BelchSpeak on September 29, 2009 at 1:08 PM

Big misunderstanding, this was a training aid to illustrate what they do to the taxpayer.

LevStrauss on September 29, 2009 at 1:11 PM

Its the American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO.
http://www.nsf.gov/about/career_opps/worklife.jsp

And keep in mind. The bigger problem here is not jerking it at the desk to webcam whores. Without filters there is no way to block botnet and hacker traffic. NSF is maggoty with botnets and backdoors. Any legitimate business they conduct is at risk of theft or tampering because of this.

BelchSpeak on September 29, 2009 at 1:11 PM

So really, when the NSF says that global warming is real, it is only because they themselves are heating up?

Vashta.Nerada on September 29, 2009 at 1:02 PM

Well, the “science is settled” so they have a lot of free time.

LevStrauss on September 29, 2009 at 1:12 PM

as someone who spend their life in a large corporation it is really shooking to see the most basic HR policies non-existent at the NSF.

Porn is related to sexual harrassment in that it can provide and unconfortable work environment for women. The EEO departments are often in the midst of these things.

There were white collar unions in my previous company and they complied with no problem.

it is definately a firing offense in the real world

r keller on September 29, 2009 at 1:15 PM

don’t use that on your wife.

Using that excuse on my wife would determine whether Obamacare covered retrieval of my computer by my proctologist.

oldleprechaun on September 29, 2009 at 1:20 PM

There has been web filtering software and devices out for years, it is just many in the government won’t implement them. You will not be getting to a porn site in either Congressional offices or military ones, but the rest of the government has not standards or controls right now and it sounds like it might be time for Congress to mandate one.

JeffinSac on September 29, 2009 at 1:23 PM

It’s OK, According to HusseinCare, we don’t have to report STD’s or Abortions!

BigMike252 on September 29, 2009 at 1:24 PM

If it was a Palinski directed Porn movie would it be OK?

Jeff from WI on September 29, 2009 at 1:27 PM

Polanski I mean

Jeff from WI on September 29, 2009 at 1:29 PM

The NSF employs 1200 people, and yet got caught by surprise by an epidemic of people surfing the web for porn during work hours.

They do a lot of trolling too. When you see trolls commenting during work hours, the odds are good they if they have a job, it’s a gubmit job.

Its not difficult to prevent access to the sites and 1200 people is not even close to the number of students in even one of our highschools, let alone all six and dozens of middle schools, all filled with little hacker wana be’s and quiet a few that qualify. Yet we do it and those that manage to get around it are quickly caught.

It’s obvious that the NFS is seriously over staffed if they can have a problem like they do and yet get their work done. Fire half a dozen, buy the servers and hire an outside IT to monitor them, save money in the process and reduce the staff until everyone is not bored sitting their desk with nothing to do.

Considering that it is apparent that a number of the NFS staff have an addiction; and addictions lead to greater needs to satisfy the addiction; where are these people going to? That statement of overseas girls seems to suggest that the pornograhy they are seeking involves girls that are underage at best. I bet chances are good that if the FBI looked into that the talk around the water cooler would be of court dates, bail bonds, and how many years are they looking at. Defending them, along with the divorces that will result, should help the lawyers get out of their finacial slump.

Franklyn on September 29, 2009 at 1:34 PM

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