About the bill
Should government employees be prevented from viewing porn on their work computers while on the taxpayer dime?
A geologist working for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was viewing pornography on his computer for between two to six hours every day, yet still wasn’t fired months after it was revealed. A Federal Railroad Administration employee watched 252 hours of pornography on his work computer in a single year.
In fact, an NBC Washington investigation found almost 100 cases of federal government employees viewing enough porn that it was reported to their respective department’s inspector general.
What the bill does
The Eliminating Pornography from Agencies Act would block pornography “or other explicit websites” from government computers, with the exception of criminal investigations. (For example, if the FBI was tracking ...
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Representative for North Carolina's 11th congressional district. Republican.
Last Updated: Apr 6, 2017
Length: 4 pages
115th Congress (2017–2019)
This bill was introduced on March 8, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.
What legislators are saying
Sep 18, 2014
Earlier Version — Introduced
This activity took place on a related bill, H.R. 5628 (113th).
Mar 25, 2015
Earlier Version — Ordered Reported
This activity took place on a related bill, H.R. 901 (114th).
Jan 24, 2017
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Mar 8, 2017
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Apr 6, 2017
Reported by House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
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H.R. 680 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.
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This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.
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