Senator Calls for Investigation of DHS Abuse of Overtime

Is costing millions annually


Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) on Friday called on the Government Accountability Office to investigate widespread abuse of overtime pay in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). 

Her request comes a day after the Office of Special Council detailed the abuse of overtime pay in six facilities that has cost taxpayers millions of dollars annually. Given sequestration cuts, Shaheen said it is important to halt any further waste. 

DHS acting Secretary Rand Beers has said he will conduct a department-wide review of the policy. But Shaheen said an independent investigation is necessary as well to sniff out wider abuse throughout the agency.