Am I allowed to use office equipment for personal purposes?
Within limits, yes. Each agency has its own specific rules but in general the government policy is that office equipment can be used for personal needs if the use does not interfere with official business, involves minimal additional expense to the government and is done during the employee’s non-work time.

The policy does not create right to use government office equipment for nongovernment purposes. Nor does the privilege extend to modifying such equipment, including loading personal software or making configuration changes. Nor may employees use government office equipment to maintain or support a personal private business or to assist relatives, friends, or other persons in such activities. Also remember that you do not have a right of privacy while using any government office equipment at any time, including accessing the Internet or using email.

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