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Misuse of Position

Executive branch employees must not use their public office for their own or another's private gain. Employees are not to use their position, title or any authority associated with their office to coerce or induce a benefit for themselves or others.

Employees also are not to use or allow the improper use of nonpublic information to further a private interest, either their own or another's.

Employees may not use Government property for other than authorized purposes. Government property includes office supplies, telephones, computers, copiers and any other property purchased with Government funds.

Employees may not misuse official time. This includes the employee's own time as well as the time of a subordinate.

Reference: 5 C.F.R. § § 2635.701-705.

  • Page last reviewed: May 12, 2009
  • Page last updated: May 12, 2009
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