CHAFFETZ: We're going to pass a series of pieces of legislation that deals with some of these specific things like pornography.
At some point common decency and the recognition that if you're not doing your job and you're creating a hostile work environment, you've got to go.
on Monday exposed the difficulty of firing derelict government employees, even ones who watch porn while on the job.
Journalist Don Dahler also highlighted the bullying, harassing individual who threatened coworkers, but hasn't been terminated.
Three years ago, the General Services Administration spent more than 0,000 on the lavish Vegas conference.
1,000 sushi rolls costing a piece were served and a clown and a mind reader were hired for entertainment.
On August 6, 2014, only CBS noted that the government had lost 9 million. In the private sector, if you're caught viewing porn on company time or intimidating a co-worker, you'd probably be fired immediately. At the Environmental Protection Agency, red tape is preventing the removal of a top-level employee accused of viewing porn two to six hour as day while at work since 2010.
A transcript of the March 2 segment is below: CHARLIE ROSE: A CBS news investigation looks at how hard it is for the government to discipline or fire employees who behave badly. Don Dahler shows us how civil service rules meant to protect public workers from political pressure may be backfiring and costing you big. Even though investigators found 7,000 pornographic files on his computer and even caught him watching porn, he remains on the payroll. JASON CHAFFETZ: This person is on administrative leave with pay. GINA MCCARTHY (EPA Administrator) I actually have to work through the administrative process as you know.
DAHLER: Max Stier, head of the non-profit Partnership for Public Service, says those rules make it nearly impossible to fire poor performers or problematic employees, even when they've committed egregious violations.Dahler began by observing, "In the private sector, if you're caught viewing porn on company time or intimidating a co-worker, you'd probably be fired immediately." The reporter noted this isn't the case with the federal government.He continued, "At the Environmental Protection Agency, red tape is preventing the removal of a top-level employee accused of viewing porn two to six hour as day while at work since 2010." Dahler marveled, "Even though investigators found 7,000 pornographic files on his computer and even caught him watching porn, he remains on the payroll." DAHLER: Firing belligerent or hostile mangers is difficult too.MIKE ROBERTSON (GSA Chief of staff) : There's a long-standing due process they're entitled to as part of their employment.We've begun that process, among several other disciplinary actions for several individuals that were involved in planning and execution of this conference.And by the way, I do know where you live." If you consider administrative leave and the general cost of the procedure itself, how much is this costing taxpayers?STIER: No question they're losing, you know, hundreds of millions of dollars, in a conservative estimate.STIER: Many managers would like to get rid of problem employees and find that they have to go through a challenging process.DAHLER: A CBS News analysis of cases under review by the Merit Systems Protection Board, or MSPB, an appeals board for public workers, found other instances of employees who had committed seemingly firable offenses but were later reinstated to their jobs, often with back pay and interest [Government employees peforming on stage.] DAHLER: Highly publicized cases like this outing in Las Vegas are no exception.They're losing more than that though because they're losing the ability to get the very best out of government.DAHLER: Congressman Jason Chaffetz hopes to change that.