As a courtesy, HHS notified NTEU regarding changes to the IT system that began on March 29, 2018. According to the notice, the changes will further enhance information security for the Office of Information and Management Technology (OIMT) and the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER). Yesterday, OIMT began implementing Data Loss Prevention e-mail protection measures designed to prevent the unauthorized release of information. Due to these changes, employees will no longer be able to use their FDA computer to attach documents to e-mails created when logged into personal e-mail accounts (e.g. Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, AOL, etc.). However, employees will still be able to send non-work-related attachments to a personal e-mail account using their FDA e-mail account. The agency claims that this new measure is designed to protect the commercial, confidential, and trade secret information that FDA employees access daily from inadvertent disclosure, and to ensure that employees are using only their government-issued computer to perform official business.
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