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Report: $7.8 Million in Overcharged FBI Wages
FBI Workers in Iraq Got Overtime For Going To Cocktail Parties
12/20/2008 6:13 PM ET
A new report, just released by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General looks into yet another form of over billing in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. “An Investigation of Overtime Payments to FBI and Other Department of Justice Employees Deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan Office” contains the results of an investigation, which tell the story of FBI leaders encouraging employees on temporary assignment in Iraq to bill for time which exceeded the time actually worked. An average of $45,000 in taxpayer dollars was billed, adding up to a total of $7.8 million dollars. Watching movies and attending cocktail parties were among the activities billed for.


The introduction is as follows.
This report describes the results of an investigation by the Department of Justice’s (Department or DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) into allegations that many FBI employees sent to Iraq received overtime pay in excess of the amounts permitted under federal pay statutes, federal regulations, and agency policies. Along with the OIG, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Inspection Division participated in this investigation into the conduct of FBI agents. In addition, the OIG investigated whether employees of other Department components, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the United States Marshals Service (USMS) also received overtime pay in excess of permissible amounts.

This investigation began in October 2007 when an FBI employee (who asked to remain anonymous) alleged to the OIG that FBI agents were paid for working 16 hours per day, 7 days per week (112 hours per week) while they were stationed in Iraq, regardless of the number of hours they actually worked. Based in part on a second complaint received by the OIG in February 2008, we expanded the investigation to include a limited examination of overtime practices by FBI employees in Afghanistan. The OIG further expanded its investigation when it learned that employees of ATF, DEA, and USMS working in Iraq or Afghanistan had also been claiming pay for as much as 16 hours per day, 7 days a week.
Download the entire 135-page report here.


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