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house Bill H.R. 1152

Should IRS Employees be Banned From Using Personal Email Accounts For Official Business?

Argument in favor

Allowing IRS employees to use their personal email accounts for government business makes oversight impossible — and the IRS has a track record for flagrantly disregarding federal records laws.

Cary's Opinion
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04/17/2015
Official business is just that. Ya gotta keep it separated!
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04/14/2015
It just makes logical sense. If you can't use your work email for work related emails you are probably trying to hide something. This bill just makes people more accountable and I am in favor of it.
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04/14/2015
Transparency of our government and those who work for it is paramount in our system that is Of, by, and for the People.
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Argument opposed

It’s already illegal for government employees to do official business on a personal email account. In cases of extreme wrongdoing, a subpoena can be issued for a federal employee’s personal email. This bill is unnecessary.

forest's Opinion
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04/14/2015
Why are we targeting this agency? There should be no selective enforcement within our government
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Markie's Opinion
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04/14/2015
This is common sense it is already against the rules congress should focus on bigger issues.
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John's Opinion
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04/14/2015
This is common sense and your wasting time and my money. Anyone using their personal email to conduct official business should be fired and charged immediately
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What is House Bill H.R. 1152?

This bill would prohibit officers & employees of the IRS from using personal email accounts to conduct official government business. 

Any (official and personal) email received, sent, or drafted created in "the course of official business" under current law is considered part of the federal record. Generally, IRS employees are advised not to use their private emails for IRS business. It's already IRS policy to discourage employees from contacting taxpayers over text or through social media. 

Part of the motivation behind this bill is to make it easier to investigate IRS activities — because if it passes, workers can't attempt to subvert the Oversight Committee or a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by using personal email accounts.

Impact

IRS employees, the IRS, and people making Freedom of Information Act requests.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1152

$0.00
A CBO cost estimate found that this bill would not have a significant affect on government spending.

More Information

Of Note:

When federal employees use a personal email for official business, it is a violation of the Federal Records Act. Federal employees are required to use their official government email for official business, so the government’s archiving systems will log the correspondence. This is done so that digital records exist if the need arises for an investigation or to respond to a Freedom of Information Act request.


Media:

CBO Cost Estimate

Washington Free Beacon (Previous Bill Version)

TheBlaze (Previous Bill Version)

Reason (Previous Bill Version)

Wall Street Journal (Previous Bill Version)


Summary by Eric Revell

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AKA

IRS Email Transparency Act

Official Title

To prohibit officers and employees of the Internal Revenue Service from using personal email accounts to conduct official business.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Finance
  • The house Passed April 15th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedFebruary 27th, 2015

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