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Follow the rules for postal computers

Postal Service policy allows for personal use of USPS equipment — with limits.

The Postal Service wants employees to follow its rules on using USPS-issued computers and mobile devices, including laptops, tablets and smartphones.

Here’s what you should know:

• Postal equipment should be used for postal business. However, the organization’s policy allows for limited personal use of USPS equipment, as well as office equipment and supplies.

• For example, under the policy, you can use a postal printer to print a two-page dinner recipe. You can also use your USPS computer to check the latest sports scores during your lunch break.

• Some activities are prohibited whether you’re on duty or not. These include creating, viewing, sending or receiving sexually explicit content; gambling; working for an outside employer; completing work for an outside business; and engaging in partisan political activity.

Management Instruction EL-660-2009-10, Limited Personal Use of Government Office Equipment and Information Technology, explains the policy in detail.

If you have questions or need guidance, email the Ethics Office at

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