FBI agents in Iraq earned millions as overtime for movies, cocktail parties!

Published: Friday, December 19, 2008, 16:46 [IST]

Washington, December 19 (ANI): FBI agents had been paid millions of dollars as overtime for hours spent on exercising, watching movies and going to cocktail parties while they were serving in Iraq, according to a Justice Department audit.

According to Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine's report, around 6.4 million dollars of the federal government's reserve had been spent in overtime payments while approximately 1.4 million dollars had been received additionally for "Sunday pay."

The Washington Times reported, while the bureau had paid a total of 44 million dollars in overtime, majority of which had been legitimate, an agent had "improperly received" around 5,594 dollars extra than he/she should have.

The inspector general's report said: "We do not believe that there is sufficiently specific evidence regarding the time that individual agents actually worked to permit the FBI to calculate excess payments to individual employees."

FBI Assistant Director John Miller had accepted the headquarters' flaws, adding, "The overtime policy described in the report was discontinued and the FBI accepts all of the IG's recommendations, many of which have already been implemented."

However, the report further revealed that some officers and supervisors defended their stand, with one saying: "When you're in that environment, anything you do to survive is work for the FBI," while some believed excessive payments were needed to encourage people to volunteer for war zone missions. (ANI)

 

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