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U.S. Government Crippled by Sex, Gaming Sites 283

BobB writes "The U.S. Department of the Interior's inspector general has released a report that says department employees are wasting their taxpayer-funded work time going to prohibited web sites. Some of these sites relate to sex, computer games, gambling and auctions. The study found that almost $2 billion a year in productivity was being lost to these 'excessive indulgences.'" From the article: "Computer-use logs revealed more than 4,732 entries relating to sexually explicit Web sites and gambling sites. Some computers accessed sex sites for 30 to 60 minutes during the test period. More than 1 million log entries were discovered indicating 7,763 Department computer users spent 2,004-plus hours accessing game and auction sites. Extrapolated over the year, that could account for 100,000 lost work hours. Put another way, this would equal 50 full-time employees doing nothing but surfing online game and auction sites."
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U.S. Government Crippled by Sex, Gaming Sites

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 05, 2006 @04:59PM (#16327735)
    At least one. I work at a DOI agency and I'm here posting on Slashdot right now. O_O
  • by LFS.Morpheus ( 596173 ) on Thursday October 05, 2006 @05:50PM (#16328521) Homepage
    The original report actually says $2 million ("$2,027,887.68"), not $2 billion: []
  • by motsognir ( 1002548 ) on Thursday October 05, 2006 @05:54PM (#16328565)
    The article is wrong. At the end it provides a link to the actual report [] from the DOI, which states "$2,027,887.68 per year". So 2 million, not 2 billion, which jives a lot better with the 50 employee number.
  • Re:A common problem (Score:4, Informative)

    by JanusFury ( 452699 ) <kevin,gadd&gmail,com> on Thursday October 05, 2006 @06:18PM (#16328867) Homepage Journal
    When I have to come out and reformat someone's machine because they installed porn dialers and downloaded virus-infested software from porn sites, I think it's within my job description to at least inform the user that they're not supposed to be doing that sort of thing with government property.

    As far as spying on users and getting them fired goes, that wasn't my department. I managed the hardware and software on machines, not the company firewalls and proxy and such. I agree with your statement that the admins probably should have just been firewalling off applications like Napster and blocking known inappropriate websites. Nonetheless, the issue remains: These people were doing entirely inappropriate things with government property and then leaving it to me and other people in IT to clean up after them.

    I have always taken users' privacy very seriously, because I take *my* privacy very seriously. It doesn't take illegal spying or other illicit activities to notice when a user is doing completely retarded things using company resources. When the office T3 is getting modem-level throughput, it's pretty hard to not notice a bunch of connections open on napster ports from specific users' machines. If you're suggesting that a government employee has a right to do as they please with government computers and internet connections, how do you feel about what Mark Foley did with *his* government resources?

    If being offended by highly paid individuals wasting time on the job instead of helping maintain the country's infrastructure makes me self-righteous, then that label is entirely accurate. As it stands, I'm no longer in IT because I hated working for the government and I hated working in IT. I make best-selling video games now. :)
  • Re:A common problem (Score:3, Informative)

    by JanusFury ( 452699 ) <kevin,gadd&gmail,com> on Thursday October 05, 2006 @06:34PM (#16329077) Homepage Journal
    Who said he got fired? His supervisor reprimanded him for being a jackass on my forum on work time, and he continued posting at my forum from his home connection until he finally got banned for continuing to break the rules.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 05, 2006 @08:12PM (#16330347)
    Smartfilter has blocked the following site:
    Category: pornography

    Umm, I hate to break it to you, but those damn filters aren't all that accurate, either.

The greatest productive force is human selfishness. -- Robert Heinlein