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FY 2019 Government Shutdown: Selected Agencies Could Improve Contingency Planning for Potential Shutdown Scenarios and Strengthen Some Internal Controls

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Office of the U.S. Trade Representative The U.S. Trade Representative should, in consultation with EOP, develop internal controls to limit access to virtual workspaces to appropriate employees during a government shutdown. (Recommendation 14)

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) neither agreed nor disagreed with the recommendation. USTR stated that it has made the Executive Office of the President (EOP) aware of the recommendations on developing controls for virtual workspace access during a shutdown. In May 2022, USTR reiterated that it uses shutdown guidance from EOP, which states that furloughed employees may not access their government-issued phones or computers or use any personal device or email for work purposes. USTR officials stated that no further steps are considered necessary to address this recommendation

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