Chief Counsel Policy on Limited Personal Use of Government Technology Equipment / Resources
Upon incorporation into the CCDM
This CCDM notice is being issued to update the Office of Chief Counsel’s existing limited personal use policy. The policy is being updated to reflect current technologies, current practices on blocking accesses to sites, and to clarify several points.
The most important changes are: a clear rule that employees should not download computer programs, including executable code, and a clarification of how limited personal use interacts with approved “pro bono” legal activities of Counsel attorneys.
Under the terms and conditions defined in this Notice, Counsel employees will be allowed limited personal use of government computers and systems. Employees should note that the privilege of using Government office equipment (including information technology) for non-governmental purposes comes with restrictions as specified in this policy. Employees must be aware of information technology security issues which are addressed in the Internal Revenue Manual (IRM) 10.8.1 as well as any other privacy concerns related to the safeguarding of sensitive information.
It is the policy of the IRS Chief Counsel to:
A. Allow employees the privilege to use government information technology equipment / resources for other than official Government business, when such use involves minimal additional expense to the government, does not overburden any information resources, and when access to these technology equipment / resources is already authorized for official government business. The Office of Chief Counsel is not required to provide access to these resources if they are not already provided for an approved business need.
B. Permit such limited personal use during non-work time for reasonable duration and frequency of use.
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