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Anonymous33  
#1 Posted : Friday, April 9, 2021 7:06:31 PM(UTC)
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Hypothetically speaking, a federal employee under the Public Trust clearance working at VA is asked to provide healthcare to someone in a different country that has economic sanctions on it from the U.S. The purpose of the care is in alignment with the worker's ethical guidelines for their profession to use their skills for the good of others who are disenfranchised. The project would be something like helping to treat victims of genocide for trauma. Or providing virtual physical therapy to individuals who lost limbs because of a civil war. There would be no discussion with the foreign individuals as the federal worker doesn't speak their language.

Can the federal employee do this outside of their working hours, not using any government furnished equipment, without posing a risk to their job?
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#2 Posted : Friday, April 9, 2021 8:14:40 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Anonymous33 Go to Quoted Post
Hypothetically speaking, a federal employee under the Public Trust clearance working at VA is asked to provide healthcare to someone in a different country that has economic sanctions on it from the U.S. The purpose of the care is in alignment with the worker's ethical guidelines for their profession to use their skills for the good of others who are disenfranchised. The project would be something like helping to treat victims of genocide for trauma. Or providing virtual physical therapy to individuals who lost limbs because of a civil war. There would be no discussion with the foreign individuals as the federal worker doesn't speak their language.

Can the federal employee do this outside of their working hours, not using any government furnished equipment, without posing a risk to their job?


It is a second job; and a second job requires a form and approval. The rest of the post is gobbledygook...
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#3 Posted : Saturday, April 10, 2021 6:45:43 PM(UTC)
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Pretty sure that's agency dependent. Just reviewed the last handbook for my agency and my type of role does not require approval for outside professional activities unless you're SES, Chief of Staff, work in contracts, etc. You just have to avoid any conflicts of interest, and can't position yourself to profit from your gov job in your private role. Healthcare providers are explicitly allowed to provide healthcare outside the gov without permission. It used to be only in emergencies but that part has been called back.

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#4 Posted : Monday, April 12, 2021 3:26:35 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Anonymous33 Go to Quoted Post
Hypothetically speaking, a federal employee under the Public Trust clearance working at VA is asked to provide healthcare to someone in a different country that has economic sanctions on it from the U.S. The purpose of the care is in alignment with the worker's ethical guidelines for their profession to use their skills for the good of others who are disenfranchised. The project would be something like helping to treat victims of genocide for trauma. Or providing virtual physical therapy to individuals who lost limbs because of a civil war. There would be no discussion with the foreign individuals as the federal worker doesn't speak their language.

Can the federal employee do this outside of their working hours, not using any government furnished equipment, without posing a risk to their job?
you need to talk to your agency General Counsel and Security Officer. This could (per the part I put in bold) lead to potential CRIMINAL actions against you (never mind your job!). The country is under sanctions from the US. Providing anything of value may be a violation of US law. Talk to the experts vs relying on "someone on a web forum said it was ok!" as a defense.

You should have voted Cthulu...the greatest of all Evils
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