Bill Banning Federal Employees From Watching Porn Passes House Committee

By on March 25, 2015 in Human Resources with 41 Comments

The Eliminating Pornography from Agencies Act (H.R. 901), which would prohibit federal employees from accessing pornographic or explicit material on government computers and devices, advanced through the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Wednesday.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) sponsored the legislation in response to a report last year that an employee with the Environmental Protection Agency was watching as much as 6 hours of porn a day on his work computer and also downloaded 7,000 pornographic files. The employee has not been fired for the offense.

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Rep. Mark Meadows (R-North Carolina)

Meadows’ legislation was introduced last year, but it was never enacted.

“Over the last several months it has become far too obvious that the type of behavior that was first highlighted at the EPA has been discovered over and over again, across a host of agencies. To ignore this issue would not only condone an abuse of taxpayers’ dollars, but also embrace an unhealthy workplace. Today’s action should send a clear message that it is time for zero tolerance of this kind of behavior,” Meadows said.

“While there are rules in place at most agencies to ban this kind of unprofessional and unacceptable workplace behavior, it continues to take place. There is absolutely no excuse for federal employees to be viewing or downloading pornographic materials on the taxpayers’ dime,” Meadows said.

“I’m grateful to Chairman Chaffetz for helping advance this important legislation and his continued leadership on improving accountability at federal agencies,” Meadows added.

For more on this story, see Bill Would Ban Federal Employees From Watching Porn at Work.

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