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It’s a “No Brainer” — House Approves Bill To Stop Feds From Watching Porn on Taxpayer’s Dime

(RT) A House committee on oversight has approved prohibiting federal employees from using government computers and devices to watch pornography on the job.

On Wednesday, the House Oversight Committee unanimously approved House Resolution 680, entitled the “Eliminating Pornography from Agencies Act.

The legislation, sponsored by Congressman Mark Meadows (R-North Carolina), would require the Director of the Office of Management and Budget to issue new guidelines within 90 days to “prohibit the access of a pornographic or other explicit web site from a Federal computer.

During a debate over the new legislation, Meadows called the bill a “no-brainer,” and said that watching “egregious” amounts of porn at work “creates an unhealthy work environment that must be addressed.

Stories of federal workers watching pornography while on the taxpayer’s dime are unacceptable,” Meadows said.

Meadows cited a recent investigation conducted by WRC news, which found that nearly 100 government employees have either admitted to or have been caught watching pornography while on the job in the last five years.

Using the Freedom of Information Act, the station was able to uncover evidence of an FBI employee in Virginia who confessed to “receiving, viewing, and saving approximately 50 images of suspected child pornography.

Reporters also found evidence of a patent and trademark employee who made 1,800 different connections to pornographic websites. The employee told investigators, “When I am working hard, I go to these images to take a mental break.

Meadows also mentioned an employee at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) who confessed to watching averages of two and six hours of pornography a day while at work in 2013.

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Craig Ulmer, the EPA Deputy Assistant Inspector General, told reporters at WRC that misuse of government computers is prohibited, and said that cases like these constitute time fraud.

That’s classified as fraud, waste and abuse,” he said. “They should be working on their EPA projects.

Meadows is calling for a “zero tolerance” policy, and said watching pornography on a federal computer “should be grounds for removal.

The bill includes an exception for employees working on investigations that require accessing a pornographic site.

This is the third time that Meadows has introduced legislation that would prohibit federal employees from accessing porn at work. The bill was first introduced in 2014, then reintroduced in 2016.

The bill will now go to the House floor.

  • TOPDOG1

    This will only result in the ‘tax paid’ prostitute bill going through the roof. The many millions going to pay for their call girls remains a state secret.

  • disqus_ZBXJDbYJHe

    I recall the Mine Safety and Health Administration and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission people doing those things, have parties at work and taking drugs at their workplace during the Bush, Jr., Administration, because Bush directed all those federal agencies not to do their jobs like they were paid to do. Might as well tell them to stay at home.

  • Abz B Zbas

    Herein lies the problem with federal government jobs. It’s nearly impossible to fire an employee for bad behavior, and if you do, it’s nearly impossible to replace him/her in a reasonable amount of time.

    • billdeserthills

      I disagree, I betcha many of these so called ‘federal workers’ could be replaced
      with a large rock and nobody would notice until maybe payday rolls around

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      • junktex

        Now there’s the undeniable truth.Civil service-home of the 8 hour loaf.

  • billdeserthills

    Let’s just make laws to make saying ‘please’ & ‘thank you’ a requirement as well
    while they’re at it can we make it against the law for muslims to wipe their ass with their hands too?

  • QV3

    James Comey’s CESSPOOL.

  • HOWARD ALEXANDER STAFFORD

    Like the article says “no brainer”. I have no problem with porn in a free country but this is just the tip of the iceberg with way too many federal employees who think they have a cushy job for life. We must back our elected representatives to make firing of useless employees like in private business. That only makes common sense and they should add the teacher’s unions as well.

  • papabear101

    This is a no brainer, No one should be doing anything like this at work.
    If I had any employees doing this on the job, they would no longer have a job.
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  • AJ Melvin

    The issue here should be the time fraud, not the pornography itself. I don’t think government employees should access YouTube videos either from their work terminal.
    I can’t help but wonder why anyone would want to watch porn while at work in the first place, unless it was followed by a trip to the restroom to rub one out. If that’s the case, then they can use their personal cell phone like the rest of us. Pornhub does have an app for that.