Federal employees in Arizona accused of watching porn on the job

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A congressman says federal employees that get caught watching porn while at work do not always get fired, and he thinks an act of Congress is needed to change that.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) has introduced a bill that would make on-the-job porn watching illegal for federal employees.

The bill instructs the director of the Office of Management and Budget to issue guidelines banning federal workers from accessing pornographic and other explicit websites.

It does not lay out penalties for infractions.

Meadows has unsuccessfully introduced similar legislation twice before.

He said he was spurred into action by a case involving an employee at the EPA who watched as much as six hours of porn a day and wasn’t fired.

Some federal workers in Arizona have been caught watching porn on the job as well.

According to documents obtained by Washington D.C-based news station WRC, a federal worker in Tucson visited more than 2,500 adult websites in one year.

Federal investigators looking into the matter in 2013 concluded that on some days, the man spent the majority of his on-duty time browsing pornographic websites and others on extra-marital affairs, female escorts and foreign brides.

An ATF employee in Phoenix was investigated after he sent a screenshot in an internal email showing pornographic websites listed on his internet browser “favorites bar,” according to the station.

Investigators determined the employee did not access the sites on his work computer.

In all, WRC found about 100 federal workers across 12 agencies had been caught viewing porn on the job in the past five years. 

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