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      On-line games;

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      Using government office equipment for activities that are illegal, inappropriate, or

offensive to fellow employees or the public. Such activities include, but are not limited to: hate speech, or material that ridicules others on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, sex, disability, national origin, or sexual orientation;

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    Creation, download, viewing, storage, copying, or transmission of materials related to illegal gambling, illegal weapons, terrorist activities, and any other illegal activities or activities otherwise prohibited;

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    Use for commercial purposes or in support of "for-profit" activities or in support of other outside employment or business activity (e.g., consulting for pay, sales or administration of business transactions, or sale of goods or services). This ban also includes employees' using the government's information technology equipment / resources to assist relatives, friends, or other persons in such activities (e.g., employees may not operate or participate in the operation of a business with the use of government computers and internet resources);

Important exception for Counsel attorneys: Counsel attorneys who are engaged in officially-approved outside “pro bono” legal activities (not on behalf or relatives or friends) will be allowed limited personal use of government computers (and other IT equipment / technology) during non-work time for these approved “pro bono” purposes.

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    Engaging in any outside fund-raising activity (including political fund-raising), endorsing any product or service, participating in any lobbying activity, or engaging in any prohibited partisan political activity;

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    Posting agency information to external news groups, bulletin boards or other public forums without authority. This includes any use that could create the perception that the communication was made in one's official capacity as a Federal Government employee, unless appropriate agency approval has been obtained or the use is not at odds with the agency's mission or positions;

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    Any use that could generate more than minimal additional expense to the government

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      g., subscribing to unofficial LISTSERV or other services which create a high-volume of e-mail traffic);

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    Unauthorized acquisition, use, reproduction, transmission, or distribution of any controlled information including computer software and data, that includes privacy information, copyrighted, trade marked or material with other intellectual property rights (beyond fair use), proprietary data, or export controlled software or data including copyrighted materials, such as music, videos, and pictures;

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    Any use that reduces productivity or interferes with the performance of official duties;

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    Any access to personal e-mail accounts through the Internet (e.g. accessing personal AOL accounts, hotmail accounts or company accounts through Office of Chief Counsel internet firewall);

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