“Nice” work, if you can get it.

Via Washington Post:

A federal patent examiner racked up more than 18 weeks of pay last year for work he didn’t do, but his manager didn’t notice until he received an anonymous letter claiming the employee only showed up for his job sporadically and turned in work that was “garbage.”

The letter turned out to be spot on, according to an investigation released this week by the watchdog for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The examiner, a poor performer for years who was never disciplined, came and went as he pleased, swiping his badge through the turnstile at the patent office headquarters in Alexandria, Va., where he was assigned to work.

He frequently told colleagues he was leaving work to go to the local golf driving range, play pool or grab a beer — then claimed a full day on the job on his time sheet. On most of the days when the examiner was gaming the system, “there was no evidence” he even went to the office or did any work on his government-issued laptop, investigators found….

In a startling example of a culture that’s maddening to many inside and outside government, the examiner’s time and attendance abuse went unnoticed even after his supervisors had issued him nine oral and written warnings for poor performance since 2012….

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  1. swabarter says:

    Was his name Cosmo Kramer?

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