“These actions are not only unprofessional, they reflect time taken away from designated duties, are in clear violation of federal and DoD and regulations, consume network resources and can compromise the security of the network though the introduction of malware or malicious code,” wrote the agency’s executive director John James Jr.
The agency’s spokesman Rick Lehner said in an e-mail that the memo was in response to just a few people downloading illicit material, according to Bloomberg.
Why risk your job – a good government job at that – for behavior you should know employers are looking out for? And this at a time when people are begging for jobs.
But of course stupid is as stupid does.
“In addition to tangible dollar losses due to lack of productivity, very serious and costly threats can occur when employees act or click on something they shouldn’t from a work computer,” said Jason Judge, chief executive of SpectorSoft, which sells computer and mobile device monitoring and analysis software.
In a recent survey SpectorSoft found that nearly 40 percent of employees are not deterred from using corporate computing resources for personal use, despite policies against it.
Are You Better Off?
From now through Election Day, Washington Post journalists are traveling through Virginia, a key presidential campaign battleground state, to talk to voters. One of the questions recently asked: “Would you say you, yourself, are better off financially than you were when Obama became president, not as well off, or in about the same shape as then financially? Why?”
“Definitely better,” Linda Firth of Roanoke said. “He is one of five presidents in the history of the United States where the ... stock market has increased more than 50 percent in the first three years.”
Stephen Fuller of Arlington said, “It’s easy to complain. ... Almost everything that’s happening in the public domain seems to be dividing society and generations and not pulling them together to understand what they need to do in order to succeed in this world.”
I want to hear what you think. The Color of Money Question for the Week: Are you better off financially than you were when Obama became president? Send your responses to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your name, city and state. Put “Are you better off” in the subject line.
In a New York Times opinion piece, Teresa Ghilarducci, a professor at The New School of Social Research, argued that the current retirement system is ridiculous and sets many Americans up for future financial failure. She offered an alternative. So I asked what you thought of her plan.
Here are some of your comments:
“I think Ghilarducci’s plan for a guaranteed retirement account besides Social Security is excellent,” wrote Mary Ann Coxson of Vienna, Va. “However, I believe the mandate would be criticized as harshly as the Obamacare mandate and would have little hope in coming to fruition.”
Richard Barbieri of Oak Bluffs, Mass. is a 66-year-old retiree and grateful to be the child of Depression-era parents.
“I started saving for retirement in my mid-20s, often putting away 20 percent of annual income, and now have nearly 100 percent of my pre-retirement income in a lifetime annuity and Social Security, with a good deal more in reserve. I fear that people whose parents did not suffer through the Depression have a different level of caution, as well as having less skepticism about the investment world.”
Tia Lewis contributed to this report.
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