July 2 2014
EPA Regional Office: Stop Using the Hallways as Porta Potties
Patrice J. Lee
Federal workers reportedly are using Environmental Protection Agency hallways as toilets among other bad behavior.
Of all of the government agencies, this is the last one from which we might expect such behavior.
But the Government Executive reports:
It appears, however, that a regional office has reached a new low: Management for Region 8 in Denver, Colo., wrote an email earlier this year to all staff in the area pleading with them to stop inappropriate bathroom behavior, including defecating in the hallway.
In the email, obtained by Government Executive, Deputy Regional Administrator Howard Cantor mentioned “several incidents” in the building, including clogging the toilets with paper towels and “an individual placing feces in the hallway” outside the restroom.
“Management is taking this situation very seriously and will take whatever actions are necessary to identify and prosecute these individuals,” Cantor wrote. He asked for any employees with knowledge of the poop bandit or bandits to notify their supervisor."
The irony that an agency dedicated to keeping our nation’s land and natural resources clean and safe becoming a dump because of its workers’ behavior is astounding. But apparently not a singular occurrence. Employees appear to have been up to no good in several EPA offices.
One EPA worker employee confessed to spending between two and six hours on average per day viewing pornography while at work.
In another instance, a warehouse maintained by EPA contractors contained secret rooms full of exercise equipment, televisions, refrigerators, radios, microwaves, chairs and couches. In essence, they were creating man caves. they covered up their hangouts with partitions, screens and piled up boxes to hide the rooms from security cameras.
One has to wonder if they, too, do all of that on the clock and on the taxpayer dime.
That government workers have hours to spend looking at porn and funds to set up lounges in equipment warehouses, reveals the unbelievable amount of waste in our federal system.
When politicians in Washington make the case for federal funding for one new program or another, we ought to direct them to review the agencies already in existence with plenty of resources going to the wrong use. It's not robbing Peter