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#1 Hum

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Posted 26 September 2013 - 00:13

Federal workers could soon be asked to turn in their government-issued BlackBerries and iPhones.

That's because if the government shuts down next Tuesday, furloughed federal workers could be violating the law if they do something as simple as check their work e-mail.

 The Antideficiency Act, passed by Congress during Chester Arthur's administration, prevents non-working federal employees from doing any job-related functions during a shutdown if the government cannot pay for it.

The White House budget office made clear last week that employees on furlough during a shutdown can't touch their government-issued mobile devices, or even use home computers or laptops to access work email.

Now, with a shutdown looming just a week a way, the HUD, House, and the IRS have said they're still crafting their contingency plans, including how to handle websites and mobile phone use.

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Posted 26 September 2013 - 00:15

Government shutdown is a mature way of handling disagreements.  *nods*  /s



#3 Growled

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Posted 26 September 2013 - 01:38

 

That's because if the government shuts down next Tuesday, furloughed federal workers could be violating the law if they do something as simple as check their work e-mail.

 

At least some good will come of all of this. :p



#4 Azies

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Posted 26 September 2013 - 01:39

Too bad government shutdown doesn't mean everyone in the Senate and Congress is not allowed back and we hold special elections to put new people in there.



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Posted 26 September 2013 - 01:44

This government shutdown  is all political silliness. The government isn't really going to shutdown. I agree, we should kick out all the stubborn 80 year olds with old school political thinking and get younger people who will be able to actually fix our country.



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Posted 26 September 2013 - 20:45

At least some good will come of all of this. :p

 

Yeah.. Local government efficiency up 10 billion percent! :p