GAO report finds thousands of government workers on paid leave, costing taxpayers millions

October 21, 2014

WASHINGTON – Thousands of federal workers who have been put on administrative leave for more than a month have been allowed to collect a paycheck, and accrue vacation days and pension benefits, while taxpayers were forced to foot the multi-million-dollar bill, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Some government employees who broke the rules – meaning they were cited for being untrustworthy or had ongoing issues with co-workers or their bosses — were allowed to remain on leave for large chunks of time while they challenged their demotions, the 62-page report said.

The study, released publicly on Monday, marks the first time auditors have taken a look at the scope of administrative leave and its cost to taxpayers.

During a three-year period, more than 57,000 employees were told to go home – and stay home — for 30 days or more, costing taxpayers $775 million in salary alone. The report found that 53,000 civilian employees were kept home for one to three months. Another 4,000 were kept off the job for three months to a year and hundreds more for one to three years.

13 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • barbarakelly says:

    These people need to go. To sit at home and do nothing and receive a paycheck is unbelievable. This has got to stop and we are paying them to sit on their rear. I wonder if they are working at another job.?? As the bible told us that everything would be upside down in the later days. Boy how true is that.!!

  • Marilynn Reeves says:

    In the Postal Service most are on paid leave because of STUPID MANAGEMENT.

  • POPPIE says:

    SHOCKER !!

  • Art Hock says:

    I guess that’s what happened to Obama.

  • pFeather says:

    And sadly there are people, liberals, who want more of this type of bigger, more intrusive government. It’s time to cut the size and reach of the federal government. Contrary to the idiot Nancy Pelosi, there are a myriad of ways to cut government spending and its size. We could start with getting rid of the departments of Education, Energy and Commerce, none of which provide anything of worth to America or American’s. All three do nothing but spend and waste tax dollars, get rid of them.

    1. No Thanks says:

      So you didn’t go to college or your parents are rich because I could not have done it without student loans. What other programs are you willing to cut? Special Education? I don’t disagree there is waste but let’s identify the programs to cut and then employees will go with it(I am a government employee). How about we cut aid to illegal aliens? Presumptive Medicaid pays them to breed.

      1. I Seigel says:

        Let’s end subsidies to mega-farmers who get paid big money NOT to grow stuff! Let’s end subsidies to oil companies who are now producing more oil than Saudi Arabia. Let’s end the $120,000/year cap on taxing wages for Social Security. Let’s severely limit tax deductions for “charitable” contributions. Let’s close the tax loopholes that allow US corporations to move their headquarters offshore and avoid paying US taxes. Yes, there’s waste in government. And then there’s waste that’s given away by Congress, all nice and legal.

        1. pFeather says:

          I disagree with most of your post except ending subsidies. all subsidies should be ended not just to mega-farmers. No subsidies of any kind to anyone or any group.

          1. I Seigel says:

            But a tax deduction for something IS a subsidy. It’s a giveaway to that particular group. If you allow an organization to take a tax deduction for “community organizing” – such as a labor union or a PAC or a church – then you are, in effect, subsidizing their activity.

          2. pFeather says:

            A tax deduction is not a subsidy, it’s not their money it’s my money. I’m not taking anything away from government it’s my money not theirs.

          3. I Seigel says:

            Good point.

      2. pFeather says:

        Getting a student loan isn’t predicated on having a Department of Education, the Dept. of Energy produces no energy, the Dept of Commerce doesn’t produce anything except rules and regulations and wastes money. Cut foreign aid and only give it to our real friends, discontinue all subsidies including oil, farm, green energy, sugar, milk, all of them. Close all foreign military bases, in Japan, Germany, England, Korea, Iceland and others. The list is long and varied and cuts are available in all areas of the federal budget.

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