Tags: Paid Leave | Taxpayers | Darrell Issa | Charles Grassley

GOP Lawmakers Demand Probe Into Paid Leave for US Workers

Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 11:35 AM

Two leading Republican lawmakers are demanding an investigation into why hundreds of federal employees have been on paid leave for a year or more while being investigated in disciplinary cases, The Washington Post reported.

Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa and Rep. Darrell Issa of California called for a probe after a Government Accountability Office report revealed that 57,000 employees at federal agencies were sent home on administrative leave for a month or more during a three-year period.

The GAO study showed that 300 of those workers were still getting paid while not working after a year, with some of them even siting home for three years, according to the Post.

Now Grassley, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, have asked for a detailed breakdown on employees who have been on long-term paid leave.

They have requested that 17 agencies give them a full account of each case of extended leave, including their positions and service levels, the reason they were put on leave, how long they stayed home, and an explanation why they were not given a new position in their department.

"Placing employees on administrative leave for extended periods of time raises questions about the potential abuse of [paid leave] for time periods and purposes not authorized by law," the lawmakers said Tuesday in letters to various agencies that included the Defense Department and Health and Human Services.

"Given the significant cost to the taxpayer for salaries and benefits paid to these federal workers for not working, it is critical for Congress to understand why each of these employees was on paid leave for such a long time," wrote Grassley and Issa.

Paid leave has become commonplace at federal agencies investigating claims of wrongdoing against employees, even though governmental rules restrict administrative leave for employees facing discipline to special cases, the Post said.

During the three-year period ending last fall that was studied by the GAO, taxpayers paid close to a billion dollars for federal workers sent home on paid leave while being investigated for misbehavior, the newspaper reported.

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Two leading Republican lawmakers are demanding an investigation into why hundreds of federal employees have been on paid leave for a year or more while being investigated in disciplinary cases, The Washington Post reported.
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