The Homeland Security Department is conducting a sweeping review of overtime use by its employees amid allegations of widespread abuses that cost taxpayers millions of dollars annually.

The review comes in response to charges by a government watchdog agency that Customs and Border Protection headquarters employees have been regularly tacking on two hours of “administratively uncontrollable overtime” (AUO) every day and not performing work during that time. AUO is supposed to be used by field agents who work unpredictable and irregular hours.

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