Report: Fewer than 1 percent of feds disciplined for time, attendance misconduct
- By Sherkiya Wedgeworth
- Sep 09, 2020
An investigation into time and attendance misconduct in the federal workforce found that very few federal employees have been disciplined for fraud at some of the largest agencies, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report.
The report—requested by a bipartisan group of Congressional leaders—found only 100 reported disciplinary actions taken against federal employees over a five-year period, 2015 to 2019.
Investigators reviewed the time and attendance data for 24 agencies using reporting controls and technologies under the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990, including the General Services Administration and Departments of Treasury and Veterans Affairs.
Specifically looking at efforts to prevent and address fraud, investigators found that in 2018, on average, less than 1 percent of the federal workforce each year was formally disciplined for misconduct, of which time and attendance misconduct is a subcomponent.
Fraud is described as obtaining something of value through willful misrepresentation, according to the report.
“Misconduct can hinder an agency’s efforts to achieve its mission, and fraud poses a significant risk to the integrity of federal programs and erodes public trust in government,” the report states.
Agencies reported using a number of ways to examine allegations of time and attendance misconduct, including badge in and badge out data, video surveillance, and logon information.
Overall, agencies reported a low risk for fraud once they accounted for such existing controls.