Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Employees Can't Use IRS Computers for Craigslist, eHarmony, Facebook, Foursquare, Gmail, TaxProf, Twitter, Yelp
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....
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 ...
B. Permit such limited personal use during non-work time for reasonable duration and
frequency of use.
III. WHAT USES ARE PROHIBITED?
A. Employees are expected to conduct themselves professionally in the workplace and to refrain from using government information technology equipment / resources for activities that are inappropriate based on established standards of conduct. ...
B. Prohibited uses of government technology, equipment and resources by employees (even non-work time) include, but are not limited to:
1. Downloading, copying, or installing of unauthorized application (e.g., executable code) or any program not explicitly approved or permitted by the organization(s) with
responsibility for managing data programs, such as:
a) Screen savers,
b) Software products,
c) “Push” technology applications (subscriber services) from the Internet (e.g.,
weather or news alert feeds, stock quote updates) that gather information and send it
out automatically to a subscriber,
d) Test or demo software, and
e) Computer games.
2. Personal communication on blogs and social networking sites such as Facebook,
MySpace, Yahoo! 360°, Twitter, etc.;
3. Viewing or accessing the following types of web sites:
a) Pornographic, sexually explicit, or sexually oriented materials (including creation,
download, viewing, storage, copying of such materials); or
b) Personal services web sites, such as Personals & Dating and Craigslist. ...
6. On-line games;
12. Any use that could generate more than minimal additional expense to the government
(e.g., subscribing to unofficial LISTSERV or other services which create a high-volume
of e-mail traffic);
14. Any use that reduces productivity or interferes with the performance of official duties;
15. 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
18. Inappropriate use of IRS e-mail account(s), such as:
a) Transmitting files larger than 5 megabytes,
b) Any correspondence for personal gain (Avon, private commercial business, selling
of personal goods or services, etc),
c) Solicitation of employees, such as Girl Scout or Boy Scout fund raisers, and
d) Chain letters or other unauthorized mass mailings regardless of the subject matter;