Improprieties in Time and Attendance Practices at Medical Facilities

FGMSD-76-79: Published: Jan 14, 1977. Publicly Released: Jan 14, 1977.

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Allegations were made of improprieties in time and attendance practices by physicians at the U.S. Penitentiary in Atlanta, Georgia.

All three physicians on the penitentiary medical staff earning maximum pay were improperly taking compensatory time off during working hours while being reported on regular duty. Instances were also found at other U.S. penitentiaries in which physicians earning maximum pay were improperly taking compensatory time off. The Bureau of Prisons and the Public Health Service recognize the difficulty of retaining physicians in the government because of lower income and inconsistencies within the federal pay system. However, officials are prohibited from authorizing compensatory leave for overtime, night, holiday, or Sunday work for physicians earning maximum pay. Two applications by an employee for 79 hours of sick leave were apparently fraudulent since the applications contained signatures of a nonexistent physician.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Bureau of Prisons and Public Health Service Hospitals should take necessary actions to stop the improper use of compensatory time and provide explicit instructions to employees responsible for the maintenance and certification of official time and attendance records. They should report all cases in which compensatory time was improperly taken and review the work schedules of physicians to determine if they can be revised to better meet the agency's needs.

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