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Departmental Regulation 5400-007

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Text Messaging While Driving


This regulation establishes, as required by Executive Order (EO) 13513, “Federal Leadership on Reducing Text Messaging While Driving,” the policy of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) on text messaging by employees when driving Government owned, leased or rented vehicles (GOVs), when driving privately owned vehicles (POVs) on official Government business or when using electronic equipment supplied by the Government while driving. This regulation also implements the requirements of the EO that directs USDA to encourage federal contractors and subcontractors and recipients and subrecipients of grants and cooperative agreements to adopt and enforce policies that ban text messaging when driving company owned, leased or rented vehicles or GOVs, or when driving personally owned, leased or rented vehicles while on official Govern