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Committee on Oversight and ReformCommittee on the JudiciaryCrime, Terrorism and Homeland SecurityIntroducedJuly 17th, 2013
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Citizen Empowerment Act
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.
Citizen Empowerment Act - States that the purpose of this Act is to ensure that individuals have the right to record in-person and telephonic interactions with executive agency employees and that they are notified of such right when they are the target of an enforcement action (e.g., audit, investigation, inspection, or action that could result in criminal or civil fines or the collection of unpaid tax). Provides that participation by an employee, acting in an official capacity, in an in-person or telephonic interaction shall constitute consent by such employee to a recording of that interaction by any participant in the interaction. Requires written notice to an individual or a representative of the right to record conversations involving an enforcement action. Makes any employee who violates the requirements of this Act subject to disciplinary action. Requires: (1) each executive agency to post on its website information explaining the right of individuals to record interactions with employees, and (2) the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to issue guidance to executive agencies on implementation of the requirement to provide such information.