Normal wear-and-tear on equipment;
Minimal data storage on storage devices; and
Minimal transmission impacts with moderate e-mail message sizes that with
attachments are no larger than 5 megabytes.
Examples of minimal additional expenses include using a computer printer to print out a few pages of material, infrequently sending personal e-mail messages, or limited use of the internet for personal reasons.
Limited personal use activity by employees that is conducted during personal time in the course of the business day is considered an "authorized use" of government property as the term is used in the Standards of Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch (5 CFR § 2635.101 (b)(9) and § 2635.704 (a)).
6. Privilege, in the context of this policy, means that Counsel is extending the opportunity to its employees to use government information technology equipment / resources for limited personal use in an effort to create a more supportive work environment. However, this policy does not create the right to use government information technology equipment / resources for other than official Government business. Nor does the privilege extend to modifying the equipment used, including loading personal software, copying existing software, or making configuration changes.
Employees do not have a right to, and should not expect, privacy while using government information technology, equipment and/or resources at any time, including accessing the internet or using e-mail.
To the extent that employees wish that their private activities remain private, they should avoid using government information technology equipment / resources such as their computer, the internet or e-mail. By using government information technology equipment / resources, executive branch employees give their consent to disclosing the contents of any files or information maintained using government equipment / resources. In addition to access by the Office of Chief Counsel or the IRS, data maintained on Government office equipment may be subject to discovery and Freedom of Information Act requests.
By using government information technology equipment / resources, consent to monitoring and recording is implied with or without cause, including (but not limited to) accessing the internet or using e-mail. Any use of government information technology equipment / resources is made with the understanding that such use is generally not secure, is not private, and is not anonymous.
____ ____ ___ _ Dennis M. Ferrara
Associate Chief Counsel
(Finance & Management)