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NYC Conflicts of Interest Board


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The Acceptable Use Policy
The conflicts of interest law permits certain de minimis personal use of City resources, and some City agencies (but not all) will in fact choose to permit such use. In an effort to describe that permissible use with more particularity, the City's Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, in consultation with the Department of Investigation and the Law Department, has developed an Acceptable Use Policy, or Protocol, which sets forth in some detail permissible, and impermissible, uses of such City resources as computers, telephones, copiers, and email. The Board has reviewed that policy and determined that the permissible uses described therein will not violate Chapter 68.

In addition, the Board has long advised that certain impermissible uses described in the Protocol will likewise violate Chapter 68 even at the lowest level of use, that is, there is a zero tolerance policy for these uses. Thus, for example, there is no acceptable or permissible level of use of City resources in connection with a City employee's outside job or business or for a political campaign.

●  The Acceptable Use Policy (in PDF)



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