57k Fed Employees on Paid Leave for Misconduct

2014 October 20
by bc3b

You can’t believe the Washington Post actually printed this story, but it did.

Over the past three years 57,000 federal employees have been given a month or more paid leave while waiting for charges of misconduct to be settled. Is this a great country or what?

Tens of thousands of federal workers are being kept on paid leave for at least a month — and often for longer stretches that can reach a year or more — while they wait to be punished for misbehavior or cleared and allowed to return to work, government records show.

During a three-year period that ended last fall, more than 57,000 employees were sent home for a month or longer. The tab for these workers exceeded $775 million in salary alone.

The extensive use of so-called administrative leave continues despite government personnel rules that limit paid leave for employees facing discipline to “rare circumstances” in which the employee is considered a threat. The long-standing rules were written in an effort to curb waste and deal quickly with workers accused of misconduct.


While the employees stayed home, they not only collected paychecks but accrued pension earnings, vacation and sick days, and moved up the federal pay scale.


The GAO report almost certainly understates the extent and cost of administrative leave because the figures examined by the auditors were incomplete. Not all government agencies keep track of the practice, and those reviewed account for only about three-fifths of the federal workforce.

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Hat tip: Washington Post

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  1. 2014 October 20 2:43 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Count Lois Lerner in that detail! That is when she’s not ducking some reporter in the neighborhood.

  2. 2014 October 20 2:57 pm
    bc3b permalink

    You can’t make this stuff up!!!

  3. 2014 October 20 4:18 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Oh, there is no ballot stuffing is there? — http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/10/20/surveillance-video-apparently-catches-guy-doing-something-at-the-ballot-box-that-left-republican-monitor-stunned/ — And the GOPer poll watcher does not have the guts to get the tag number.

  4. 2014 October 20 4:32 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Listen to this guy and you find out just how `off` the administration is on Ebola — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkMKUa0sxBQ

  5. 2014 October 20 6:14 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    Yet “progressives” and “conservatives” alike bow down and worship the false god of government!

    “She says that a lot of Americans think of government as something foreign or as “Them”. She admits this fact in passing, but she doesn’t accept it as a fact in her thinking. If she did accept it, she might be led to connect this fact to the threat of physical violence and the actual violence of the government that dehumanize people and lead people to look upon government as “Them”. Instead of seeing facts and understanding them, she’s thinking about an ideal. Government to her is legitimate and good. It’s “the way a society pools its resources and makes decisions about those resources…” She doesn’t recognize other facts, such as the multiple ways that people pool resources and decide about them without government and outside of government. Think of how people pool capital in business ventures, for example. She also doesn’t recognize that what she thinks of as “a society” is a fiction. A society doesn’t exist as a person, and it can neither pool resources nor make decisions. People can pool resources and then make decisions about them voluntarily; government officials can do the same, but only by the threat of physical violence that she abhors. Why doesn’t she recognize this fact?

    If Ms. Christina is a typical progressive, the picture I get is that progressives do not think logically. They do not admit facts into their consciousness or attempt to understand why they are as they are. They are not scientific. They accept society as a homogeneous entity. They accept government as a legitimate organization whose officials speak for society without threat of violence and without dehumanizing anyone. Progressives hold to an idea of government that’s unreal. It’s what they wish government to be. They want their imagined society to be one big happy family, and the government is that family’s head which somehow makes everyone happy without ever pushing around the family’s hundreds of millions of members. Their wishes greatly predominate over their critical faculties. To wish is to want something that either cannot happen or probably won’t happen. The minds of progressives are awash with their wishes as they ignore reality.”


  6. 2014 October 20 6:20 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    At $775 million to get rid of 57K of these violent parasites (aka gumbermint “workers”) that’s a bargin!

    When they are “workin'” it costs us hundreds of times more because they issue thousands of regulations that prevent peaceful, productive people from voluntarily trading (aka real work!)…..


    “According to a study by the National Association of Manufacturers, federal regulations cost the economy more than $2 trillion every year. And that is only through the year 2012. The cost is certainly higher now. Don’t make the mistake of blaming all of this on Obama. When the Republicans had absolute control of the government for over four years under George W. Bush, did they repeal a single federal regulation? Can you name even one? Of course not. They did the opposite–they added more regulations. Voting Republican next month will not change anything.”

    If only we can get ALL the rest of the gumbermint “workers” to go home too!

  7. 2014 October 20 6:30 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Wylie E. Coyote –

    At $775 million to get rid of 57K of these violent parasites (aka gumbermint “workers”) that’s a bargain!

    I would agree if they were gone, but I get the impressiuon that very few, if any, were fires.

  8. 2014 October 20 6:34 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Donna Brazile claims voter fraud is a “big ass lie.” If anyone would know about “big asses,” it would be Donna Brazile.

  9. 2014 October 20 6:42 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Wylie –

    I was listening to Mark Levin who had a caller who billed himself as a leftist. Levin asked him what regulations hw likes, and the caller couldn’t name one. Levin went on to say that federal regulations in 2013 alone totaled 85,000 pages.

  10. 2014 October 20 6:50 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    #7 I know they weren’t fired!

    I am saying its much cheaper just to pay $200 Billion (to pay the other 2 million gumbermint “workers” not to do their “jobs”) them NOT to issue 85K pages of regulations each year that cost us $2 trillion!

    I can think of exactly zero “services” the gumbermint “provides” that can’t be done better with voluntary exchange…as opposed to violent, coersion and theft (aka “government services”)…get rid of them ALL

  11. 2014 October 20 6:59 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Windy Dumbass strikes again — http://weaselzippers.us/203050-wendy-davis-still-digging-greg-abbott-is-against-dildos/ — When your opponent is digging herself into a hole, give’m a bigger shovel.

  12. 2014 October 20 7:47 pm
    bc3b permalink

    drdog9 #11

    With the exception of the most ardent abortion supporters, Wendy Davis has become a living, breathing joke. I think even Democrats hope she won’t be heard from again after her disastrous campaign.

  13. 2014 October 20 7:57 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    drdog – Plan B – Nuke it from orbit.

    We are so screwed. Given all that is happening, so limited resources and on the verge of both an economic collapse with a potential pandemic on the horizon. We have a left that is so dishonest and is not about anything BUT unlimited power in their hands.

    What could go wrong?

    Thank God for Jesus.

  14. 2014 October 20 8:32 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    13, GN,

    The question is, do we nuke Liberia or Wash DC? Both are diseased and nuking one solves the other. Choices, choices….

  15. 2014 October 21 6:34 am
    justrand permalink

    The Democrats are absolutely preparing to steal every election they can this…and every year. But ESPECIALLY this year.

    The word is out amongst the True Believers of the Left that NO ONE will be prosecuted…so go steal those votes.

    Our system is broken beyond repair.

    1775 can’t come soon enough

  16. 2014 October 21 6:46 am
    bc3b permalink

    A Democratic woman running for state representative has signs saying she is against oil drilling in our neighborhoods. I didn’t realize we had oil in Michigan. I was wondering why my neighbor has an oil rig in his front yard.

  17. 2014 October 21 7:26 am
    drdog09 permalink

  18. 2014 October 21 10:13 am

    Somewhat related to #3:

    Kemp said after reviewing the list of supposedly missing names, officials found 513 names that match deceased voters; 1,637 that match ineligible felons; and 4,300 whose forms were incomplete or had invalid addresses.

    The Democratic lawmaker said she does not question Kemp’s motives and wants only to ensure that no one who is eligible is denied a ballot.

    But one of Abrams’ fellow organizers, the Rev. Raphael G. Warnock of Ebenezer Baptist Church, has said Kemp’s effort smacks of voter suppression. Kemp denied that charge, noting he has launched online voter registration that drew 70,000 new applicants for this election cycle.

    “It has truly never been easier to register to vote in Georgia,” Kemp said.

    True story, it really has never been easier than it has been this cycle to register, and I don’t really consider that an entirely good thing, as you can see out of the supposed 10k’ish names they’re bitching about ~7k were for sure not eligible.

    Put another way at an absolute bare minimum at least 8% of all that group submitted (86k) have been detected as invalid for major reasons (dead,felons,incomplete, bad addresses), who knows how many were not detected or not yet processed for such. That percentage seems high to me, I don’t care if your a left or right group, if you gathering registrations and have an error\bad submission rate above 2%-2.5% you’re either doing it wrong, or you’re more or less doing it on purpose.

  19. 2014 October 21 10:16 am

    18 – haha cute.

    Fast and Furiously Phucked Up – part III

    Potential was always there for this to happen given the nature of the fight atm I suppose but jhc…

  20. 2014 October 21 10:19 am

    #10 – I might be cheaper to pay them all off to leave with one-time buyouts, even more so they would not be replaced.

  21. 2014 October 21 10:24 am

    Yes Wendy takes the cake this cycle.

    “The piece attacks Abbott for his supposed reluctance to say whether he’d defend interracial marriage and his defense of Texas’ ban on the sale of sex toys.”

    Wait a minute, you can’t sell dildo’s and other sex toys in TX currently??? That’s seriously fucked up, I’m assuming one can still order them from out of state though.

  22. 2014 October 21 10:42 am

    Right on Cue
    “As President Obama readies a post-election immigration plan expected to clear a path for citizenship for millions of illegals, his immigration czar on Tuesday said that the border is bracing for another surge of undocumented children, raising this year’s wave across the southern border to some 130,000.”

    No connection there what so ever, move along, nothing to see here.

  23. 2014 October 21 11:08 am

    Double dipping worries aside this is just ethically shady.

    ” A Senate committee and an outspoken U.S. Congressman are seeking further information about a deal under which a top National Security Agency official is being permitted to work part-time for a private company run by the spy agency’s former director.

    The Senate Intelligence Committee has requested a copy of an “internal review” which NSA said last week it had opened into an arrangement under which Patrick Dowd, the spy agency’s chief technical officer is being allowed up to 20 hours per week for IronNet Cybersecurity Inc, a congressional official said.”



    ” HELSINKI (AP) — Latvia’s military says NATO has sent up jets twice in two days to intercept Russian military aircraft over the Baltic Sea.

    The Latvian National Armed Forces tweeted Tuesday that the alliance’s F-16 jets on Oct 21 “scrambled to intercept” a Russian Ilyushin-20 surveillance aircraft over the Baltic Sea, adding that a similar incident had occurred a day earlier.”

    Wonder if that has anything to do with the supposed missing\distressed Russian sub the sweds having been looking for of their cost over the weekend.

  24. 2014 October 21 11:31 am

    Facebook to DEA: Stop impersonating our users.
    Funny yet not.

  25. 2014 October 21 11:48 am
    drdog09 permalink

    When ya got this, who needs sex toys….

  26. 2014 October 21 12:08 pm

    27 – hubba hubba, but I would imagine at times she will. 😉
    But still for a state that sort of prides itself on having a bit more freedom than some others it’s a really curious decision of it’s representatives\population.

    A paralyzed man has been able to walk again after a pioneering therapy that involved transplanting cells from his nasal cavity into his spinal cord.

  27. 2014 October 21 1:32 pm


    “And it found a stunning overweight of Left-leaning media, with 25 of the 32 most used news sources considered by users to the left of center, and only seven to the right of center.”

    /me puts on faked shocked face 🙄

    ““Roughly four-in-10 consistent liberals on Facebook (44 percent) say they have blocked or defriended someone on social media because they disagreed with something that person posted about politics. This compares with 31 percent of consistent conservatives and just 26 percent of all Facebook users who have done the same,” said Pew.”

    Showing off that tolerance again! /s

  28. 2014 October 21 4:09 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    Question is, when he sneezes does he dance a jig?

  29. 2014 October 21 6:20 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “One out-of-control (or “lone wolf”) person could ignite a biological firestorm, so should we not turn to government and forgo certain freedoms in order to achieve the greater good for the greater number?

    If the government in question were a proven and honorable institution, then I would say pro-medical martial law arguments might have a leg to stand on. However, this is not the case. In my view, medical martial law is absolutely unacceptable under any circumstances, including Ebola, in light of the fact that our current government will be the predominant cause of viral outbreak.

    That is to say, you do not turn to the government for help when the government is the cause of the problem.



  30. 2014 October 21 6:22 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “The Obama Administration is now using militant terminology in reference to Ebola response, including the formation of Ebola “SWAT teams” for quick reaction to potential outbreak areas.

    And finally, the Department of Defense has been tasked to create a military controlled “quick-strike team” to deal with Ebola within U.S. borders. This team will be under the command of none other than Northcom, apparently trampling the Posse Comitatus Act and setting the stage for the rationalized use of military personnel against U.S. citizens under the guise of pandemic prevention.

    It should be clear to anyone with half a brain that medical martial law is being quietly prepared and that the threat of such measures is not a paranoid conspiracy, but a very real possibility. I discussed in great detail why Ebola works in favor of establishment elites in my article “An Ebola outbreak would be advantageous for globalists.” “

  31. 2014 October 21 6:37 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “I can’t speak for the whole of the liberty movement.

    But if a group of hazmat-suited thugs decides to chase me down with a syringe, I am relatively certain none of them will live through the encounter.

    Will I be accused of aiding the spread of Ebola because of my noncompliance? Of course.

    Do I care? Not so much.”

  32. 2014 October 21 10:04 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Color me not surprised — http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-10-21/most-distrusted-news-sources-america — “DNC with bylines.”

  33. 2014 October 21 10:27 pm
    JustMary permalink

    The news is all depressing…and the news is lacking Ebola coverage. Huh.

    I’ll be glad when I get my lull from mid November through the beginning of January, because I’m drowning in reports right now. At this point, I’m pretty convinced I could do quarterly reports and sales tax reports in my sleep. You know you’re busy when you’re looking forward to resting during the holidays. Lol

  34. 2014 October 21 10:32 pm
    JustMary permalink

    #11 What color is the sky in her world, I wonder.

  35. 2014 October 21 10:33 pm
    JustMary permalink

    #13 Soon…and Lord help us if it’s not.

  36. 2014 October 21 11:25 pm


    You know with Tillis nipping at her heals I’m not sure if this was a dumb move or a brilliant move. 😉 I mean since she likely can’t anwser the questions she’d be asked, and recent scandal involving her husband and stimulus money likely to come up, maybe it actually was better for her to just not attend instead of putting her foot in her mouth. Quite the fodder for her opponents for her to be awol (like she was for so many hearings) for a debate 2 weeks before election night. 😉

  37. 2014 October 22 5:57 am
    drdog09 permalink

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