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DCFEMS Establishes Social Media Policy

Monday, December 30, 2013
New guidelines to assist in making responsible decisions when posting on the Internet

(Washington, DC) – The DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department (DCFEMS) has established a social media policy to minimize the publishing of inappropriate, confidential or privileged information on the internet by its employees.

The Department is among the first group of District government agencies to officially adopt a policy that addresses its employee’s use of social media.

Inappropriate postings include but are not limited to discriminatory remarks, harassment, retaliation, sexual innuendo, threats of violence or similarly unlawful content. Behavior of this type will not be tolerated and may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.

Employees are also prohibited from posting statements, photographs, video or audio that could be viewed as malicious, obscene or bullying. Posting confidential, private or any information obtained directly or indirectly as a result of employment with the Department is prohibited as well.

Employees can reference their employment with the Department in their personal activities but must include a disclaimer stating the opinions expressed are personal and do not reflect the views of the Department nor the District of Columbia government.

The policy does not prevent an employee from reporting violations in accordance with the DC Whistleblower Protection Act. Allegations of waste, fraud or abuse should be reported to the DC Office of the Inspector General.