OPM's Personal Use of Government Office Equipment Policy
OPM Developed its Policy on Personal Use of Government Office Equipment |
Practices Subcommittee (SPS)|
of Personnel Management (OPM), Office of the Chief Information Officer|
Processes or other Framework(s) Supported|
- Security Process
Framework, Security Program Management, Develop and System Security Policy
SP 800-14, para. 3.2.2
Government BSP Owner:
- Janet L. Barnes
Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
1900 E Street, NW Washington, DC 20415
This BSP Does|
This policy establishes
and communicates limitations on OPM employees' personal use of Government office
equipment, particularly computer systems. The intent is to provide a professional
and supportive work environment while meeting taxpayer expectations that tax dollars
will be spent wisely. This policy also helps all OPM employees exercise their
shared responsibility for protecting the security of this equipment with all other
for this BSP |
III to OMB Circular No. A-130 - Security of Federal Automated Information
A. Requirements. 3. Automated Information Security Programs.
shall implement and maintain a program to assure that adequate security is provided
for all agency information collected, processed, transmitted, stored, or disseminated
in general support systems and major applications.
agency's program shall implement policies, standards and procedures which are
consistent with government-wide policies, standards, and procedures issued by
the Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Commerce, the General Services
Administration and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Different or more
stringent requirements for securing national security information should be incorporated
into agency programs as required by appropriate national security directives.
for general support systems. 2) System Security Plan. a) Rules of the System.
set of rules of behavior concerning use of, security in, and the acceptable level
of risk for, the system. The rules shall be based on the needs of the various
users of the system. The security required by the rules shall be only as stringent
as necessary to provide adequate security for information in the system. Such
rules shall clearly delineate responsibilities and expected behavior of all individuals
with access to the system. They shall also include appropriate limits on interconnections
to other systems and shall define service provision and restoration priorities.
Finally, they shall be clear about the consequences of behavior not consistent
with the rules.
The following citation
was transcribed from a signed document between OPM and the local chapter of the
Agency's employees' union.
of Understanding (MOU)
the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), Local 32
on personal Use of Government Office Equipment
and AFGE, Local 32 understand that the Information Technology Use Policy Work
Group has approved the attached policy for implementation in OPM. This policy
was developed in partnership and represents a major success for OPM's Labor-Management
parties agree that all employees will receive training on the Information Technology
Use Policy at the annual Computer Security Training beginning in September 2000.
New employees will receive information on the Information Technology Use Policy
in the New Employee Orientation sessions beginning October 2, 2000.
Policy on Personal
Use of Government Office Equipment for Employees of the Office of Personnel Management
Office of the Chief Information Officer: /s/ J.L. Barnes 9/20/2000
AFGE Local 32: /s/ Michelle R. Tolson 9/20/2000
Office of Human Resources and EEO: /s/ Kirke Harper 9/20/2000
This BSP Is |
of BSP |
Executive Branch Model Policy/Guidance on Limited Personal Use of Government
Office Equipment including Information Technology
Office of Personnel Management Policy on Personal Use of Government Office
to Other BSPs|
to other BSPs will be identified as additional BSPs are documented. |
To Use This BSP|
policy applies only to employees of the Office of Personnel Management; it is
not a Governmentwide policy.|
Resource Estimates |
Goals and Indicators (Metrics) |
and type of violations|
Overview and Briefing |
U.S.C. ' 1103(a)(3)
C.F.R. ' 2635
of ethical conduct for employees of the executive branch
C.F.R. ' 101-35.201
use of long distance telephone services
of ethical conduct for Government officers and employees
Government office equipment
includes, but is not limited to: personal computers, related equipment and software,
Internet services, email, library resources, telephones, facsimile machines, photocopiers
and office supplies.
additional expense means the expense incurred when the Government is already
providing equipment, supplies or services and you use only limited additional
amounts of electricity, ink, toner or paper. Wear and tear from normal use is
also considered minimal additional expense.
time means the time when you are not performing an activity for the benefit
of the agency and under the control or direction of the agency. Examples of non-work
time include off-duty hours such as lunch periods, authorized breaks, before or
after a workday, weekends or holidays, but only if your duty station would normally
be available to you at such times.
use means uses other than official Government business.
means that you have no inherent right to personal use of Government office equipment.