Bill targets pornography viewing on agency computers

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) introduced a new bill to stop federal employees from using work computers to watch pornography.

By Sean McCalley Federal News Radio

Federal employees shouldn’t watch hours upon hours of porn at work, according to a new bill from Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.).

The Eliminating Pornography from Agencies Act would try to stop federal employees from accessing, watching, or sharing pornography on government- issued computers and devices.

The inspiration for the bill, said Meadows in a release, came from Inspector General reports on the Environmental Protection Agency. The IG found multiple cases of EPA employees working hard at watching porn.

“One EPA employee was viewing as much as 6 hours of pornography a day in his office,” said Meadows. “The same federal employee was found to have downloaded as many as 7,000 pornographic files onto his government computer.”

Another IG report detailed one employee who pleaded guilty to using his EPA email account to access an Internet site with child pornography.

Meadows, the chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations, noted most agencies already have specific rules to prevent this behavior from happening. But still, “It continues to take place. There is absolutely no excuse for federal employees to be viewing and downloading pornographic materials on the taxpayers’ dime,” he said.

On top of the damage a co-worker who watches porn at work does to office morale, it’s a safety issue.

“Downloading these files, which are often ridden with viruses and malware, poses a cybersecurity threat at our federal agencies,” said Meadows.

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