Saturday, April 09, 2011

Federal Employees Could Face Jail Time for Using BlackBerrys [Gawker]

Good thing the shut-down was averted…

The law [the 1884 Antideficiency Act] prevents federal employees deemed "non-essential" from working when no budget is in place. This used to be simple; you just wouldn't show up. But since the last government shutdown in 1995, government-issued smart phones have become critical tools for many federal employees. Some departments say they'll simply take away the devices all together. Workers, however, would have to return to their offices on Monday to physically hand over the devices, another technical violation of the law. And if they aren't confiscated, who's to say employees aren't checking them?

Federal Employees Could Face Jail Time for Using BlackBerrys

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