USPS: Follow the rules for postal computers

The Postal Service wants employees to follow its rules on using USPS-issued computers and mobile devices, including laptops, tablets and smartphones. Here’s what you should know: • Postal equipment should be used for postal business. However, the organization’s policy allows for limited personal use of USPS equipment, as well as office equipment and supplies. •…

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USPS: Hatch Act makes most politicking off limits

The 2020 presidential primary season is around the corner, and so USPS is reminding employees to follow the rules established under the Hatch Act. The Hatch Act is a law that prohibits postal and other federal employees from engaging in political activity while on duty, while wearing a uniform, while on federal property, or while…

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USPS: No endorsements – Employees can’t serve private interests

USPS wants employees to remember the rules on endorsing non-postal products, services and business endeavors. Due to the nature of the Postal Service’s business, private organizations might seek to further their interests by requesting an endorsement from a USPS employee. However, under federal ethics guidelines, these types of endorsements aren’t permitted. The rules state that…

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USPS: Know the rules about seeking other jobs

The Postal Service wants employees to follow the rules on seeking employment outside the organization. Federal law and the government’s standards of ethical conduct don’t prohibit postal workers from seeking a job with any particular employer. However, employees can’t seek or accept another job if it presents a conflict of interest with their current duties….

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USPS: Employees must honor public’s trust

The Postal Service is reminding employees that they aren’t permitted to misuse their position. This means employees cannot: Misuse their title or authority to further any private interest of their own Misuse government information that isn’t readily available to the public for any unauthorized purposes Misuse government property — such as computers, laptops, printers and…

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USPS: Knowing the rules for ethical conduct

If you’re a Postal Service employee, you’re expected to comply with the federal government’s principles and standards of ethical conduct. If this is news to you, don’t worry. USPS wants to help you understand the rules and how to follow them. Throughout 2019, the organization will educate employees about the rules, which include the 14…

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USPS offers ‘moonlighting’ reminder

The Postal Service wants you to remember the rules on “moonlighting” — working for other employers while continuing to work for USPS. Federal ethics regulations don’t prohibit you from engaging in outside activities — unless doing so would cause a conflict with your official duties. This would happen if the outside activity creates a financial…

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USPS: Gift-giving guidance offered for employees

Although federal ethics rules apply all year long, the Postal Service’s Ethics Office wants employees to remember that compliance is especially important during the holidays. The Ethics Office Blue page has a presentation to help employees become familiar with the rules, which are known as the standards of ethical conduct. The presentation includes the standards…

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