Government property may only be used for authorized
purposes. Federal employees are responsible for making
every effort to conserve and protect property owned or leased
by the Government.
What is "Government
Government property includes any form of real or
personal property in which the Government has an ownership,
leasehold, or other property interest as well as any right or
other intangible interest that is purchased with Government
funds, including the services of contractor personnel.
The term includes office supplies, telephone and other
telecommunications equipment and services, the Government
mails, automated data processing capabilities, printing and
reproduction facilities, Government records, and Government
What are "authorizied purposes?"
Authorizied purposes are those purposes for which
Government property is made available to members of the public
or those purposes authorizied in accordance with law or
DOI Limited Personal Use of Government Equipment
The Department has adopted a policy on employee personal
use of computers, telephones, fax machines, photocopiers and
the internet. The policy does not apply to Government
credit cards and official motor vehicles. The policy
applies to Government equipment on government premises.
Employees may not, without proper authorization, remove
Government equipment from the office for home use.
Employees may use Government
computers and the internet for personal use on their own
personal time (before and after work, during lunch and other
breaks) and provided there is no additional cost to the
Government. Employees may make personal purchases over
the internet, provided they send anything purchased to a
non-government address. The following activities are
Lobbying Congress or
any Government agency
- political activity
Endorsement of any
products, services or
Live streaming or
video streaming music, images, or
The Department does not
place restrictions on incoming email. Under this policy,
employees may send out personal email provided that:
Any message is not sent to more
than 5 addresses - no mass
Note: Any email sent or received on a
Government owned or leased computer is subject to disclosure
and public record.
Managers may place additional
restrictions on computer/internet use only in cases of abuse
or to meet management
Personal calls may be
made when they are necessary and provide a benefit to the
Calls to family members when an employee works
Calls to child-care
facilities or providers to make alternate
Calls to medical or
Calls to make
businesses that are open only during work
Calls to arrange home or
Purely personal calls are permissible if
they are short (5-10 minutes) and no cost to the Government
(long distance and toll calls are prohibited).
Telephone use while on travel:
Employees may use
Government telephones for official calls while on
travel. When using non-government telephones, employees
should use Federal calling cards or prepaid calling
cards. When necessary, Personal cellular phones may be
used for official calls.
Employees should use Federal
calling cards and prepaid calling cards when making personal
calls on travel. Government-owned cellular phones and
hotel phone lines should not be used if possible.
Employees must have prior authorization to use telephone
equipment on airplanes. If authorized, employees should
use Federal calling cards or prepaid calling
Government Charge Cards on Travel
Employees may use Government charge cards while on official
travel for the following:
advances within 5 calendar days before and during
tickets (air, train, etc.).
Local travel (bus,
Phone calls (if calling
cards are not available).
Employees may not use
Government charge cards for any personal