Employee Porn Problem Raises Eyes at SEC

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New government reports have indicated that some Securities and Exchange Commission employees viewed pornography while at work, according to a story that was originally reported by The Washington Times.

ABC News has also reported that porn-related investigations found that over the past two years dozens of employees and contractors were accessing porn on government computers.

Some employees were spending as much as one-and-a-half hours a day on the sites, according to the media blog Gawker, who obtained some of the reports from the investigations.

"We use sophisticated surveillance and filtering systems and constantly update them to detect indications of possible abuse," SEC spokesman John Nester said. "Indeed, each of the cases investigated by the Inspector General was detected by our surveillance systems and referred to the Inspector General for investigation."

Nester added that misusing government resources for inappropriate purposes is "a matter of serious concern." He said the SEC provides comprehensive training on proper use of the Internet.

The reports said some employees resigned, faced suspension or received no disciplinary action at all.

*Originally aired on March 26, 2010.

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