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Occurrences in the Congressional Record

Entry Title Date
Wasteful Spending November 19, 2015
Daniel Coats, R-IN
"Specifically, what I wish to do today is highlight the $31 million in payments to Federal employees who have received paid leave for over a 1-year period of time. For Federal employees, paid administrative leave is typically a paid, excused absence that is separate from vacation time. It includes things such as jury duty or time to allow a person to transition home after an overseas deployment or post. Some agencies also use paid leave when making personnel evaluations. This could include things such as investigations into alleged misconduct, security threats, and similar situations where the employee should be restricted from the worksite while the investigation occurs. Many of these are legitimate. Many of these fall into this category. But being given paid leave for over a year?"
Nomination Objection November 19, 2015
Charles Grassley, R-IA
"Earlier this year, the Judiciary Committee led the effort to pass the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, and I have sent letters to DOJ and DHS—and not just the State Department—to ensure that Federal employees are held accountable for soliciting prostitutes."
Trade Act Of 2015 October 30, 2015
Rand Paul, R-KY
"We spent $150,000 on yoga classes for Federal employees. We spent $200,000 last year studying whether Japanese quail are more sexually promiscuous when they are on cocaine. The American public is outraged at the waste."
Cybersecurity Information Sharing Bill October 26, 2015
Susan Collins, R-ME
"In June, more than 20 million—20 million—current, former, and retired Federal employees learned that their personal data was stolen from the poorly secured databases of the Office of Personnel Management. Since that time, we have learned that the personal emails of the Director of the CIA have been hacked. We have learned from the State Department’s inspector general that the State Department is “among the worst agencies in the Federal Government at protecting its computer networks.” This substandard performance at the Department of State continued even as an adversary nation breached the Department’s email system last year. According to the IG, compliance with Federal information security standards remains “substandard” at the State Department."
Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act Of 2015 October 22, 2015
Ron Johnson, R-WI
"We have already experienced the impact of this threat. Within the last year and a half alone, more than 20 top American companies and Federal agencies have experienced major breaches. A breach of the Office of Personnel Management allowed a foreign adversary to steal 19.7 million Federal employees‘ background checks, over 5 million fingerprint files, and 4 million personnel records. A breach at IRS allowed cyber criminals abroad to access over 330,000 taxpayer financial records. A destructive cyber attack from North Korea on Sony Pictures resulted in the destruction of thousands of computers and theft of the company’s most valuable intellectual property. Data breaches at both Anthem and JP Morgan resulted in the theft of 80 million health care subscribers’ personal data and 83 million banking customers’ personal information. Even the White House is not immune from attack. Six months ago, foreign adversaries breached White House networks, compromising the President’s nonpublic schedule."

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