Can you imagine getting paid to go to work and lift weights and watch TV while the facility you’re supposed to maintain crumbles around you? No? Well, then you don’t work for a contractor for the EPA.
The Environmental Protection Agency paid $750,000 a year to a warehouse contractor in suburban Washington whose employees watched television and lifted weights while taxpayer-paid supplies decayed in moldy, rat-infested conditions, an internal investigation found.
Inspector General Arthur A. Elkins’ report about the “deplorable” conditions inside the 70,000 square foot facility in Landover, Md., stunned top EPA officials and prompted the immediate removal of the contractor.
Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe also ordered regional administrators to quickly review all agency storage sites.
The report comes as lawmakers delve into questionable employee conference spending by the Internal Revenue Service and after bad publicity for the General Services Administration over an expensive, perk-laden conference in 2010.
Elkins noted in his urgent “early warning report” dated May 31 that EPA had not visited the warehouse before he contacted the agency on May 16 and informed officials about what his invetsigators found at the warehouse operated by contractor Apex Logistics LLC of College Park, Md. (Read More)
Your tax dollars at work.
What the heck is the EPA doing with pianos and other musical instruments, anyway?