USPS: Ethics rules for supplemental jobs

The Postal Service is reminding employees to follow its ethics rules when considering supplemental employment with other organizations. For instance, employees are prohibited from taking a second job with any company that manufactures uniforms or other products for USPS. Employees also cannot serve as a consultant on postal operations, programs or procedures, and they may…

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USPS: Don’t disclose commercial information

The Postal Service is reminding employees of the importance of protecting commercial information. Any employee might be asked to disclose commercial information to someone outside of the organization. Although requests for this kind of information are usually sent under the Freedom of Information Act, they can also come directly from other people, such as a…

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USPS: Employees must follow Privacy Act

The Postal Service collects various types of personally identifiable information about customers, employees and businesses in order to carry out its mission. USPS employees and contractors have a legal and ethical obligation to hold personal information in confidence and protect it from unauthorized disclosure and misuse. Under the federal Privacy Act of 1974, you must…

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Misusing USPS property violates standards of ethical conduct

The Postal Service is reminding employees that misusing USPS property violates the standards of ethical conduct for employees of the executive branch, which applies to postal employees. Misuse occurs when employees use USPS property in an unintended and inappropriate manner. Here are some examples: • Postal-issued cellphones. Don’t use them to complete work for a…

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If it’s non-postal, attending virtual events could be a no-no

The USPS Ethics Office is providing guidance for Postal Service employees on participating in virtual events held by other organizations. Many such events are being conducted over video or audioconferencing platforms rather than in person because of the coronavirus pandemic. A virtual event is a gift if it has monetary value. If a virtual event’s…

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USPS: New posters promote ethical behavior

The Postal Service has created two posters to remind employees of the importance of on-the-job ethical behavior. The first poster reminds workers to reliably deliver the mail, while the second poster focuses on the proper use of postal property. Both 11-by-17-inch posters will be mailed to USPS facilities in January and should be displayed on…

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USPS: Reminder about holiday gift giving, receiving

With the holiday season underway, the USPS Ethics Office wants to remind employees about the rules regarding gifts. Employees may not accept gifts from contractors, vendors, suppliers or customers. Employees also may not accept gifts given to them because of their Postal Service positions. Here are some guidelines about gifts from outside sources: • An…

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USPS: Employees reminded about Hatch Act rules

Now that Election Day has passed, the Postal Service is providing employees an update on the rules surrounding political activities under the Hatch Act. Under the law, political activities are defined as those directed toward the success or failure of a political party, partisan political group or candidate for partisan political office. Since the election…

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