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Federal employees caught and admit to watching porn at work

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According to documents obtained by the Washington Times, employees at the Federal Communications Commission were caught surfing porn sites for hours over extended periods of time.

“Disgusting,” said a government consultant who doesn't want his face shown on camera or name used. “But I've observed it. That's the problem and you’re just told, ‘Ignore it.’”

He tells FOX 5 he has caught similar problems at other government agencies and he is told to look the other way.

“And you ignore it because you don't have a dog in that fight,” he said. “And if you want to make a living, you keep your mouth shut.”

According to the documents, one FCC employee viewed more than 13,000 porn images in six weeks. Another employee even admitted spending up to eight hours a week watching porn at work and he told investigators he did it "out of boredom."

“That's insane,” said Shawn Miller, a resident of Alexandria. “If it was anybody else, especially admitting to something like that, I mean I’d lose my job immediately. Everyone I know would lose their job immediately.”

The employees claimed they didn't have enough work and had nothing else to do. The executive vice president of the taxpayers association says the problem is bigger than just these FCC employees and porn.

“This is apparently something that's a pervasive problem throughout several federal agencies,” said Pete Sepp, Executive Vice President of National Taxpayers Union. “It could mean millions of dollars of wasted money. These folks get time engraved toward a pension that can keep paying year after year and taxpayers are the ones who get that bill.”

Sepp says many times after the scandal blows over, there are no consequences for the employees.

“Many times it just goes by the wayside after the hearing has been held and the blame has been assigned,” he said.

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