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“The Freedom of Information Act is toothless these days, and so people engage in this conduct without fear of recourse,” said Mr. Evans.

He said workers would think twice if they realized their activities might become public.

Porn surfing at work raises the issue of time and attendance fraud, as employees spend hours online when they are supposed to be working.

“If the courts would enforce the letter of the law, it would put a stop to a lot of this nonsense,” he said.

Records reviewed by The Times did not include Internal Revenue Service employees, who comprise the majority of Treasury’s workforce but come under a separate inspector general’s oversight.

In a case closed last month by the Treasury inspector general, investigators uncovered dozens of websites listing escort services after a Bureau of the Fiscal Service manager turned in his laptop and iPad.

When an information technology specialist turned on the iPad, her suspicions were aroused by a picture of a naked woman that popped onto the screen. A forensic review of the iPad and computer found lots of websites for porn stars, adult entertainment establishments and escorts, including one called BunnyRanch.com, records show.

The employee told an investigator that he never accessed the sites on government time or hired any escorts.