Sen. Tom Coburn released a report today that there has been a rapid escalation of AWOL federal employees during the Bush administration.
In fact, nearly 20 million hours have been lost at 18 federal agencies and departments since 2001, according to the report.
Last year alone, employees were absent without leave for 3.5 million hours at the departments and agencies that responded to a request for information from Coburn’s staff.
“Everyone knows that rule number one for any job is showing up,” Coburn said.
“No private company would put up with its employees refusing to show up for work, let alone watch the problem grow year after year. These findings are an insult to the American taxpayer and should be of great concern to the agencies included and members of Congress.”
The report says that federal departments don’t have a standard definition for AWOL so it’s not known whether an employee is considered absent without an excuse if she or shows up 15 minutes late or just what the threshold is.