Bill Barring Pornography from Federal Agencies Advances through Committee
Washington, DC— 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.
Last year, an Inspector General report revealed that one Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) employee was viewing as much as 6 hours of pornography a day in his office on his government computer. The same federal employee was found to have downloaded as many as 7,000 pornographic files onto his government computer. To date, this employee has yet to be fired and we continue to learn of similar bad actors.
“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.
Congressman Mark Meadows serves on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee where he chairs the Subcommittee on Government Operations.