H.R. 5418, To prohibit officers and employees of the Internal Revenue Service from using personal email accounts to conduct official business

H.R. 5418

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

Committee
Ways and Means

Date
September 16, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 5418, a bill to prohibit officers and employees of the IRS from using personal email accounts to conduct official business, under suspension of the rules.  H.R. 5418 was introduced on September 9, 2014 by Representative Charles Boustany (R-LA).

Bill Summary

H.R. 5418 prohibits officers and employees of the Internal Revenue Service from using personal email accounts to conduct official business, ensuring the safekeeping of taxpayer information.

Background

Since early 2011, the Committees on Oversight and Government Reform and Ways and Means have been investigating the evidence of possible criminal wrong doing by IRS employees, including former employee Lois Lerner, as it relates to the targeting of individuals and conservative organizations. On April 9, 2014, the Committee on Ways and Means sent a criminal referral letter to the Department of Justice outlining possible criminal conduct by Lois Lerner.  On July 30, 2014, the Committee sent additional information revealing that Lois Lerner used her personal email for official business including confidential return information.[1]

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[1] http://waysandmeans.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=389786.

Cost

According to the Joint Committee on Taxation, H.R. 5418 would have no effect on revenue.

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.