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Federal Workers Could Soon Be Asked To Turn In Their Government-Issued BlackBerries And iPhones.

Posted at 11:23 AM, Sep 25, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-25 12:53:45-04

iphone copy genericWASHINGTON (CNNMoney) — 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.

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