One state employee misused time and equipment posting thousands of comments on a news website according to a report released Tuesday.
The report, issued by the California State Auditor, listed a number of investigations into inappropriate activities by state agencies and employees from April 2011 through June 2012.
One of the most shocking incidents involved a California Department of Education employee who found the time to post 4,900 comments in one year on The Sacramento Bee website.
The unidentified employee registered for an account with the paper using his state email address in December 2010.
Investigators say the man posted comments during the time the state was paying him to work as an information systems analyst. He averaged 25 comments a day but posted up to 70 comments in a single day according to the report.
The commenting occurred between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and was not restricted to lunch or break times officials said.
Even after the commenting was discussed between the employee and his supervisor, the employee continued to post comments during his state work hours.
In fact, the report suggests that after the department was notified of the employee’s actions, nothing was done to limit his access to the Internet and the man’s immediate supervisor was not reprimanded as suggested by the state’s investigators.