Tedisco: Monitor Government Computers

Assemblyman calls for blockage of inappropriate web sites
April 23, 2010
Assemblyman James Tedisco (R,C,I-Schenectady-Saratoga) today called on state and local government officials to ensure computer usage policies are updated and enforced. Tedisco said such a policy was necessary following recent revelations of SEC officials frequenting pornographic Web sites during work hours from taxpayer-financed computers.

“It is completely unacceptable for public employees to be abusing tax dollars in such a flagrant and inappropriate manner,” Tedisco said. “While the media reports may be focusing on misconduct at the federal level, we must ensure that at the state and local levels we are doing all that we can to avoid such incredible behavior.

Tedisco said he planned to introduce legislation restricting any state agency computer from visiting such sites. In the meantime, he called on the governor, assembly speaker, senate majority leader, as well as state and local agency heads to make certain their computer usage policies were clear, current, and enforced. Tedisco noted that policies vary by municipality and school district and are often not enforced.

“Our bloated public sector already is doing enough damage to the taxpayers of this state, Tedisco said. “Is it too much to ask that they don’t engage in this type of behavior while at work?”