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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USPS: Hatch Act education campaign continues

Postal Service employees are continuing to learn about the Hatch Act. The long-standing law prohibits postal and other federal employees from engaging in political activity while on duty, while wearing a uniform, while on federal property or while inside a federal vehicle. In a new message, USPS is highlighting the real-life case of “Sandy” —…

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USPS: Hatch Act education campaign begins

Postal Service employees will soon receive new guidance on avoiding violations of the Hatch Act. The law prohibits postal and other federal employees from engaging in political activity while on duty, while wearing a uniform, while on federal property or while inside a federal vehicle. Beginning the week of April 2, USPS will provide employees…

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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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USPS-approved shirt to help promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Employees can order a USPS-approved shirt to help promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. The shirt meets this year’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month guidelines, which the USPS Ethics Office developed with input from a team of representatives from multiple Postal Service departments. The guidelines are now available on the office’s Blue page. The shirt,…

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