USPS: Employees reminded of Hatch Act prohibitions

Under the Hatch Act, federal employees are prohibited from running from office.

The Postal Service wants employees to remember the Hatch Act’s rules regarding participation in political activities.

The Hatch Act is a law that prohibits federal employees from engaging in political activity while on duty, while wearing a federal uniform or identification badge, while on federal property or while inside a federal vehicle.

Under the law, employees are also prohibited from engaging in the following activities, whether they are on duty or not:

  • Hosting a political fundraiser, inviting anyone to attend a fundraiser or collecting funds on behalf of a campaign or candidate
  • Running for office in a partisan election in which one or more of the candidates is representing a political party
  • Using their postal job title, position or authority while engaged in a partisan political activity

The Ethics Blue page has more Hatch Act resources, including a “Let’s Talk Politics!” fact sheet. Employees who have questions can send an email to

Source: USPS

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