Homeland Security Spent $1.8 Million to Have 88 Employees Stay at Home while being Investigated
Being accused of misconduct at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) can mean staying home for a year or more and still getting paid.
At least 88 DHS workers have been on administrative leave pending resolution of claims against them, during which the agency paid out $1.8 million in salaries, according the office of Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa). Four workers had been on leave for three years or more with another 17 on leave for two years or more, according to The Washington Post.
The 88 were placed on leave for a variety of reasons. Fifty-three were accused of misconduct, 13 had security clearance issues, and 22 may not have been fit for duty.
Grassley is now seeking answers from Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, whose department’s previous explanation for extended leave cases was deemed “too broad and vague to assess whether other actions might have been more appropriate,” as far as Grassley was concerned.
Employees on leave not only collect paychecks, but also build pensions, vacation and sick days and move up the federal pay scale, according to the Post.
To Learn More:
Almost 100 Homeland Security Employees Have Been Paid to Stay Home for Over a Year (by Lisa Rein, Washington Post)
260 Homeland Security Employees Convicted of Crimes in 2011 (by Noel Brinkerhoff and David Wallechinsky, AllGov)
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