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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OSC Announces USPS Employee Hatch Act Violation Over Social Media Use at Work

The recently settled USPS case, which resulted in a 50-day suspension, illustrates prohibited social media activity. Between March and July 2016, an employee made at least 116 partisan political Facebook postings while on duty. Nearly all of the employee’s actions were in the form of a “share” posting from pro-Bernie Sanders, anti-Hillary Clinton, or anti-Donald…

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You’ve heard of the Hatch Act, but how much do you know about it?

If you’re unfamiliar with the law, here’s a quick primer — including do’s and don’ts when it comes to social media usage. • First things first: The Hatch Act exists to protect you. The law, which dates to 1939, aims to keep politics out of federal workplaces. Specifically, the Hatch Act establishes rules to prevent…

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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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