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    When contractors and employees who work for America’s most powerful intelligence agencies get bored at work, they sometimes kill time by viewing pornography on their classified government computers, browsing online dating services, engaging in “sex chats” with minors, and playing games on Facebook.

    And they charge U.S. taxpayers millions of dollars for it.

    Between 2013 and 2015, the Intelligence Community’s Inspector General, the watchdog entity overseeing 16 federal intelligence agencies, investigated dozens of instances of employee misconduct and crimes based on referrals it received from intelligence agencies. Many of them centered on widespread contracting fraud involving individuals who worked on highly classified intelligence programs for the NSA, the CIA, and the Office of Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) on behalf of well-known contractors such as IBM, Booz Allen Hamilton, Boeing, and General Dynamics.

    That’s according to hundreds of pages of top-secret internal watchdog reports that were declassified and released to VICE News in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

    Because much of the inspector general’s work is shrouded in secrecy, very few of its investigative reports are ever publicly released. This is the first broad-based, behind-the-scenes look at how the office, headed by Charles McCullough, has handled misconduct. McCullough is the watchdog who reviewed Hillary Clinton’s State Department emails and referred the case to the FBI after finding that a few dozen messages stored on her private email server contained highly classified information.
    Vice - Full Article

    My favorite bit:

    In one case, a contractor for the massive Science Applications International Corporation admitted that “95% of his time spent on the Internet was for personal use” at the ODNI, and that he spent nearly all day emailing and instant-messaging his friends. He also worked for the National Counterintelligence Center, which is responsible for collecting, monitoring, and analyzing information on potential terrorist threats.

    Over the course of six years, the person billed the government $974,470 for 10,573 hours of work, even though much of it, he said during an administrative hearing, was spent accessing “online dating and social accounts to view images of scantily clad or naked women.”
    So the government will pay you to look at porn? Sign me up!

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