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

To prevent any future violations of the Hatch Act, the U.S. Postal Service will fully implement all of the directions of the OSC.

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 the problem.

Furthermore, although the OSC concluded that a longstanding practice of the Postal Service violated the Act, the OSC also determined that the violation was not intentional and that it was not motivated by any desire by the Postal Service to support or oppose a particular party or candidate. Instead, the OSC concluded that the practice was a part of the efforts of the Postal Service to foster and maintain a working relationship with the National Association of Letter Carriers. Postal Service leadership did not in any way guide union leadership in selecting the candidates for whom postal union employees could campaign. They did not approve or choose candidates for the unions to support and did not ask the union to advocate for political candidates on behalf of the Postal Service. Neither the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General, nor the Office of Special Counsel, found any evidence to the contrary.

Regardless of our motivations, the OSC determined that our practice enabled union political activity and was contrary to the law. To prevent any future violations of the Hatch Act, the U.S. Postal Service fully accepts and will fully implement all of the recommendations and directions of the OSC.

Thomas J. Marshall
General Counsel
U.S. Postal Service

Source: WSJ

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