USPS: Employees reminded of Hatch Act prohibitions

The Postal Service wants employees to remember the Hatch Act’s rules regarding participation in political activities. The Hatch Act is a law that prohibits federal employees from engaging in political activity while on duty, while wearing a federal uniform or identification badge, while on federal property or while inside a federal vehicle. Under the law,…

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Postal employee’s Facebook posts violated Hatch Act

Remember “Travis,” the USPS employee who violated the Hatch Act by attempting to distribute signs for his favorite presidential candidate at the Post Office where he works? The Postal Service recently featured Travis — not his real name — in its campaign to educate employees about the Hatch Act, a law that prohibits federal workers…

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Postal Employee Ordered to be Removed for Violating Hatch Act

By Ian Smith – August 2, 2018 OSC filed a complaint of Hatch Act violations with the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) in March 2018 after the employee, a postal mail processing clerk, ran in two 2017 partisan elections. According to the complaint, the Hatch Act specifically prohibits USPS employees from running for election to…

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The U.S. Postal Service Will Address Hatch Act Issues

Opinion Letter – August 31, 2017 Regarding your editorial “How the Post Office Delivered for Hillary” (Aug. 26) highlighting Hatch Act violations by the U.S. Postal Service: This issue has been addressed by Congress and the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), and the Postal Service has fully committed to addressing the issue and to correcting…

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Repubs dig deeper after Postal Service cited for workers’ Clinton campaign aid

By Brooke Singman – August 22, 2017 Republican lawmakers are casting a wider net in their search for wrongdoing at federal agencies in past election cycles, after learning the Postal Service violated the law by allowing employees to do union-funded work for Hillary Clinton’s campaign while on leave. The lawmakers blasted out letters on Monday to…

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The Postal Service’s Actions During the 2016 Campaign Season: Implications for the Hatch Act

Member Statements Chairman Ron Johnson, R (WI) Opening Statement-Johnson-2017-07-19 (30.1 KB) Ranking Member Claire McCaskill, D (MO) Opening Statement McCaskill 2017-07-19 (141 KB) Witnesses Timm Kopp Letter Carrier U.S. Postal Service Testimony-Kopp-2017-07-19 (57.2 KB) William Siemer Acting Deputy Inspector General Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Postal Service Testimony-Siemer-2017-07-19 (63.4 KB) Background-USPS OIG Audit Report-2017-07-05…

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OIG Report: Carrier Leave Without Pay for Union Activities

Background In late November 2016, Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin requested the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General (OIG) review a constituent’s allegation that a select group of postal carriers took leave without pay (LWOP) to participate in union political activities. This report responds to the senator’s request and reviews the use of overtime…

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