H.R. 2711: Citizen Empowerment Act

Jul 17, 2013
Reported by Committee
20% chance of being enacted
See Instead:

S. 1377 (same title)
Referred to Committee — Jul 25, 2013

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Lynn Jenkins
Representative for Kansas's 2nd congressional district
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Last Updated
Jul 30, 2013
6 pages
Related Bills
S. 1377 (identical)

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Jul 25, 2013

H.Res. 322 (Related)
Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 367) to amend chapter 8 of title ...

Agreed To (Simple Resolution)
Aug 01, 2013


The committees assigned to this bill sent it to the House or Senate as a whole for consideration on July 24, 2013.

Introduced Jul 17, 2013
Referred to Committee Jul 17, 2013
Reported by Committee Jul 24, 2013
Passed House ...
Passed Senate ...
Signed by the President ...

20% chance of being enacted.

Only about 23% of bills that made it past committee in 2011–2013 were enacted. [show factors | methodology]

Full Title

To amend title 5, United States Code, to establish certain procedures for conducting in-person or telephonic interactions by Executive branch employees with individuals, and for other purposes.


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5 cosponsors (5R) (show)

House Oversight and Government Reform

House Judiciary

Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations

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7/30/2013--Reported to House amended, Part I.
Citizen Empowerment Act - States that the purpose of this Act is to ensure that individuals have the right to record in-person and telephonic interactions with executive agency employees and that they are notified of such right when they are the target of an enforcement action (e.g., audit, investigation, inspection, or action that could result in criminal or civil fines or the collection of unpaid tax).
Provides that participation by an employee, acting in an official capacity, in an in-person or telephonic interaction shall constitute consent by such employee to a recording of that interaction by any participant in the interaction.
Requires written notice to an individual or a representative of the right to record conversations involving an enforcement action.
Makes any employee who violates the requirements of this Act subject to disciplinary action.
Requires: (1) each executive agency to post on its website information explaining the right of individuals to record interactions with employees, and (2) the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to issue guidance to executive agencies on implementation of the requirement to provide such information.

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