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SEC Inspector General Roots Out Worker Infractions; Airline Subpoenaed in Sick Leave Probe

Posted Dec 5, 2011 9:51 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The inspector general of the Securities and Exchange Commission is apparently leaving no stone unturned in employee investigations.

Inspector General David Kotz’s semi-annual report shows he will go to great lengths to probe employees who use sick leave for vacation or who flout shuttle rules, according to The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times.

“To be sure, the inspector general’s latest semi-annual report delves into substantive questions of waste, fraud and abuse,” The BLT says. “But it also seems that no employee infraction is too small for Kotz to investigate.”

In one instance, Kotz subpoenaed an airline to confirm that a “senior officer” flew to Hawaii at a time she was using sick leave. In another, Kotz determined that an employee was commuting to work on a shuttle intended to be used for trips between the SEC’s operations center and downtown headquarters. The employee also may have improperly collected a transportation subsidy from the SEC, Kotz’s report says.

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