|By Chuck Raasch And Tara Kulash, St. Louis Post-Dispatch|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
One worker at the
"I walk out every day feeling as if I have contributed nothing," said the
The federal government, under the auspices of the
Now, employees are claiming there are not enough applications to generate work for them.
The Post-Dispatch on Wednesday reported that a former worker,
Employees were not allowed to have access to the Internet or cellphones, Takatz said.
Both Fleming and Takatz said
Both former employees told the
CMS did not respond to questions about how much they knew about a possible lack of productivity.
The worker in
"When the highlight of employees' days are playing Pictionary in the training room ... and you get paid decent money to go to work to talk to your friends, something is wrong," he wrote in an email to the
Takatz, who lives in
"I feel guilty for working there as long as I did," she said. "It was like I was stealing money from people."
"I have heard that there have been allegations from other facilities, and we are looking into that," he said.
Her letter to
McCaskill's letter says that the whistleblower alleges that employees were told to sit at their desks and "pretend to work" when officials from the federal CMS were on-site.
The fresh calls for investigations came as the
In an emailed statement, a