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7/17/2013--Introduced.Citizen Empowerment Act - Requires any executive agency employee who is conducting an in-person or a telephonic interview, audit, investigation, inspection, or other official interaction with an individual... Read More

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This bill was introduced on Jul 24, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

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A BILL

To amend title 5, United States Code, to establish certain procedures for conducting in-person or telephonic interactions by Executive branch employees with individuals, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Citizen Empowerment Act''.

SEC. 2. AMENDMENTS.

(a) In General.--Part III of title 5, United States Code, is amended by inserting after chapter 79 the following:

``CHAPTER 79A--SERVICES TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

``Sec. ``7921. Procedures for in-person and telephonic interactions conducted by executive branch employees. ``Sec. 7921. Procedures for in-person and telephonic interactions conducted by executive branch employees ``(a) Definitions.--For purposes of this section-- ``(1) the term `telephonic' means by telephone or other similar electronic device; and ``(2) the term `State' means each of the several States, the District of Columbia, and any commonwealth, territory, or possession of the United States. ``(b) Recording of Enforcement Actions.-- ``(1) Recording by individuals.--Any employee of an Executive agency who is conducting an in-person or a telephonic interview, audit, investigation, inspection, or other official in-person or telephonic interaction with an individual, relating to a possible or alleged violation of any Federal statute or regulation that could result in the imposition of a fine, forfeiture of property, civil monetary penalty, or criminal penalty against, or the collection of an unpaid tax, fine, or penalty from, such individual or a business owned or operated by such individual, shall allow...

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631 Supporting
78 Opposing
89% 11%

State: CA

26 Supporting
9 Opposing
74% 26%

District: 1st

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H.R. 2711. This legislation provides that every official interaction by any executive branch employee, whether by telephone or in person, shall be allowed to be recorded by the other party. It also requires that in certain circumstances, these executive branch employees notify the other party of their right to record, or suffer disciplinary action. The legislation raises serious privacy concerns and could seriously undermine law enforcement-related investigations. No exceptions are provided, nor is there any requirement to notify a federal employee that he or she is being tape recorded. Congressional interactions are not covered by the bill. Our coalition urges you to vote NO on H.R. 2711. (Letter provided to POPVOX by Congressional office.)

H.R. 2711. This legislation provides that every official interaction by any executive branch employee, whether by telephone or in person, shall be allowed to be recorded by the other party. It also requires that in certain circumstances, these executive branch employees notify the other party of their right to record, or suffer disciplinary action. The legislation raises serious privacy concerns and could seriously undermine law enforcement-related investigations. No exceptions are provided, nor is there any requirement to notify a federal employee that he or she is being tape recorded. Congressional interactions are not covered by the bill. Our coalition urges you to vote NO on H.R. 2711. (Letter provided to POPVOX by Congressional office.)

H.R. 2711. This legislation provides that every official interaction by any executive branch employee, whether by telephone or in person, shall be allowed to be recorded by the other party. It also requires that in certain circumstances, these executive branch employees notify the other party of their right to record, or suffer disciplinary action. The legislation raises serious privacy concerns and could seriously undermine law enforcement-related investigations. No exceptions are provided, nor is there any requirement to notify a federal employee that he or she is being tape recorded. Congressional interactions are not covered by the bill. Our coalition urges you to vote NO on H.R. 2711. (Letter provided to POPVOX by Congressional office.)

H.R. 2711. This legislation provides that every official interaction by any executive branch employee, whether by telephone or in person, shall be allowed to be recorded by the other party. It also requires that in certain circumstances, these executive branch employees notify the other party of their right to record, or suffer disciplinary action. The legislation raises serious privacy concerns and could seriously undermine law enforcement-related investigations. No exceptions are provided, nor is there any requirement to notify a federal employee that he or she is being tape recorded. Congressional interactions are not covered by the bill. Our coalition urges you to vote NO on H.R. 2711. (Letter provided to POPVOX by Congressional office.)

H.R. 2711. This legislation provides that every official interaction by any executive branch employee, whether by telephone or in person, shall be allowed to be recorded by the other party. It also requires that in certain circumstances, these executive branch employees notify the other party of their right to record, or suffer disciplinary action. The legislation raises serious privacy concerns and could seriously undermine law enforcement-related investigations. No exceptions are provided, nor is there any requirement to notify a federal employee that he or she is being tape recorded. Congressional interactions are not covered by the bill. Our coalition urges you to vote NO on H.R. 2711. (Letter provided to POPVOX by Congressional office.)

H.R. 2711. This legislation provides that every official interaction by any executive branch employee, whether by telephone or in person, shall be allowed to be recorded by the other party. It also requires that in certain circumstances, these executive branch employees notify the other party of their right to record, or suffer disciplinary action. The legislation raises serious privacy concerns and could seriously undermine law enforcement-related investigations. No exceptions are provided, nor is there any requirement to notify a federal employee that he or she is being tape recorded. Congressional interactions are not covered by the bill. Our coalition urges you to vote NO on H.R. 2711. (Letter provided to POPVOX by Congressional office.)

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I support H.R. 2711: Citizen Empowerment Act because...Turnabout is fair play.

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VA
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TheBacon
VA-4
1 year ago

I support H.R. 2711: Citizen Empowerment Act because...protection from bureaucratic bullies WITH the added benefit of no significant additional cost burden is always a good idea.

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LA
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RDAVID831
LA-3
2 years ago

I support H.R. 2711: Citizen Empowerment Act because the day after I left almost a evade of serving my country, I was driving home (cross country) and was stopped and repairing a flat tire when my vehicle was illegally searched without consent by a police officer who said it smelled like pot. I have never smoked a cig, or com aimed any kind of drug in my life. I had a very high clearance and regular drug testing, he didn't care. Why would anyone serve this country to support and defend a constitution that its own government doesn't care about anymore.

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WI
5
s.rogers
WI-5
2 years ago

I support H.R. 2711: Citizen Empowerment Act because... Officials who are not conducting personal (confidential) interactions should be subjected to a record of what they said or did. This should include video (phone camera) recording of police and law officers!

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AK
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Tiberius
AK-0
2 years ago

I support H.R. 2711: Citizen Empowerment Act because...it is high time that elected officials took responsibility for their actions and have to face up to their constitiuents.

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WY
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Barcee41
WY-0
2 years ago

I support H.R. 2711: Citizen Empowerment Act because it ensures that citizens know they have a right to record interactions with government officials

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PA
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eagleapex
PA-1
2 years ago

Users Opposing

I oppose H.R. 2711: Citizen Empowerment Act.

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WA
9
Anonymous406439
WA-9
1 year ago

I oppose H.R. 2711: Citizen Empowerment Act because Government is already out-of-control and should not be given any more power.

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WV
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Radman62
WV-2
1 year ago

I oppose H.R. 2711: Citizen Empowerment Act because all necessary safeguards are already in place, and this bill would needlessly increase the federal budget.

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MA
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Ned_Flaherty
MA-7
2 years ago

I oppose H.R. 2711: Citizen Empowerment Act More Treason and Spying by oath breaking scum. Here's my story. I have a family member working more than fifty years for USACE. I watched as that scum two hat wearing bush appointee limited the TSP to 3 IFT's a month, I watched as they grandfathered in pensions. As a family member, I always felt safe to call and talk to my family member, but now that I see you have decided that treasonous and unconstitutionally sucking up and exploiting everything electronic, guess what, you now interfered with my own family, I WON'T CALL MY OWN FAMILY ANYMORE. It get's better, now when they go TDY I don't know where they go, what hotel they stay, when they'll be back, or NOTHING. SCREW YOUR TREASON, YOUR DAYS OF TREASON ARE SHORT. Your actions over the past decade of gutting the Constitution and inserting the DHS has me livid pissed off. It's okay for you to threaten us, and spy on us, but you COMMIT TREASON. You tell me where this goes. (and no Diane Feinstein, I don't want you to waste more money on mailing me a letter with your talking bullet points in it, IGNORING EVERYTHING I SAID TO YOU! Take me off your damn email too!

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CA
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EXPOSE-CAFR
CA-6
2 years ago

I oppose H.R. 2711: Citizen Empowerment Act because it would require considerable expenditure of funds to ensure that all communications between federal employees and callers are recorded and saved for a considerable period. Without this ability, employees will be vulnerable to manipulation and editing of recordings, as happened in the Shirley Sherrod case. Thank you.

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MD
5
tagryn
MD-5
2 years ago

I oppose H.R. 2711: Citizen Empowerment Act because...it sounds like more money being spent that we don't have.

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NC
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fox51599
NC-4
2 years ago

Bill Summary

7/17/2013--Introduced.Citizen Empowerment Act - Requires any executive agency employee who is conducting an in-person or a telephonic interview, audit, investigation, inspection, or other official interaction with an individual relating to a possible violation of federal law that could result in the imposition of civil or criminal fines or penalties or the collection of unpaid tax to allow such individual to make an audio recording of the interaction. Permits the employee conducting the interaction to record it if the employee: (1) informs the individual of the recording prior to or at the initiation of the interaction, and (2) provides the individual with a transcript of the recording at such individual's expense. Requires the employee conducting an initial in-person or telephonic interview or other interaction to provide to the individual a verbal or written notice of such individual's rights. Exempts from the application of this Act any in-person or telephonic interview or other interaction that: (1) is likely to include the discussion of classified material or information that would endanger public safety if released publicly; or (2) if released, would endanger an ongoing criminal investigation being conducted by a federal law enforcement officer.

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