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Can legislation stop government workers from watching porn at work?

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Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) this week proposed new legislation aimed at stopping government employees from accessing pornography or other supposedly not-safe-for-work content while using government computers or equipment.

Meadows's bill is the Eliminating Pornography from Agencies act, or the EPA Act. The acronym is dig at the Environmental Protection Agency, since a report found that one EPA worker was watching as much as six hours of porn a day in his government office.

2014_03_25_EPA The EPA is known to harbor one avid porn watcher. A new GOP bill would require agencies to ensure no one is watching porn while at work.

An official with the EPA's Office of Inspector General said that when an OIG official met with this employee, "the special agent witnessed the employee actively viewing pornography on his government-issued computer."

"Subsequently, the employee confessed to spending, on average, between two and six hours per day viewing pornography while at work," the official said. That employee has not yet been fired.

"It's appalling that it requires an act of Congress to ensure that federal agencies block access to these sites at work," Meadows said Thursday.

His legislation would require all federal agencies to set up safeguards to prevent their workers from accessing pornography using government equipment.

The bill doesn't set out any new penalties against government officials. However, it would penalize agencies that don't have a plan in place to stop people from surfing porn.

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