This Is How Far the Government Has to Go to Keep Its Employees From Watching Porn at Work

According to The Washington Examiner, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee passed the “Eliminating Pornography from Agencies Act” today.

The bill prohibits federal employees from accessing pornographic or explicit materials on government computers and devices.

It was introduced by sponsor Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) last month, in light of a May 2014 report, which found that a top-level employee at the Environmental Protection Agency was viewing as much as six hours of porn a day at work.

But, the EPA was unable to fire the man, and according to The Washington Free Beacon he remains on paid leave:

“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,” said Meadows in a statement.

“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.

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 attempted to pass a similar bill last year, but it stalled in committee.

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