If this doesn’t tell you how bad the leaking problem is with federal employees, nothing ever will.
Employees at the Environmental Protection Agency are attending mandatory training sessions this week to reinforce their compliance with laws and rules against leaking classified or sensitive government information.
It is part of a broader Trump administration order for anti-leaks training at all executive branch agencies. The Associated Press obtained training materials from the hourlong class.
Whoa, a whole hour? Apparently the lesson didn’t take too well.
Government employees who hold security clearances undergo background checks and extensive training in safeguarding classified information. Relatively few EPA employees deal with classified files, but the new training also reinforces requirements to keep “Controlled Unclassified Information” from unauthorized disclosure.
Let’s make this simple: Every person who took that class should be suspended without pay until the leaker is identified, then fired.
The EPA occasionally creates, receives, handles and stores classified material because of its homeland security, emergency response and continuity missions. EPA employees also work closely with contractors and other federal agencies that more regularly handle classified information.
President Donald Trump has expressed anger repeated leaks of potentially embarrassing information to media organizations in recent months.
In a speech last month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said those responsible for the “staggering number of leaks” coming out of the administration would be investigated and potentially prosecuted.
As well they should.
This tweet from the AP makes it painfully obvious how bad it is:
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) September 21, 2017
Let me get this straight. Someone leaked a document detailing mandatory classes against leaking & still has a job? WTF?
— FeistyMonk (@FeistyMonk) September 21, 2017