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As the House moved to take up legislation that would prevent employees from accessing personal email and pornography on government computers, the White House threatened to veto the measure because of objections to civil service provisions included in the legislative package.

House Republicans have positioned the package as a piece of government reform legislation. But the broader package contains several other workforce provisions that the Obama administration and many Democrats find unpalatable. These include expedited firing procedures for senior federal executives and additional reporting requirements about labor union activities in federal agencies.

In a statement on the legislation issued Tuesday evening, the White House called these provisions “misguided.”

The bill, known as the Federal Information Systems Safeguards Act, also would allow agencies to block access to personal webmail without consulting unions, and mandate that the White House create guidelines that prohibit access to porn or explicit websites on government computers.

“It’s embarrassing and hard to believe that this committee and the Congress actually has to firm up this law, but the committee has heard numerous examples of federal employees spending significant amount of time viewing explicit materials on their federal computer during federal workforce hours and being paid by federal taxpayers,” Oversight Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said at Rules Committee meeting Tuesday evening.

Some of the more high-profile episodes of porn viewing were recounted in audits of the Interior Department, the National Science Foundation, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency.

But Democrats take issue with other pieces…

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