USPS: Knowing the rules for ethical conduct

USPS wants employees throughout the organization to understand federal ethics rules and how to follow them.

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 General Principles of Ethical Conduct, the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch, the Supplemental Standards of Ethical Conduct for Postal Service Employees, and conflict of interest laws.

The campaign will include articles in Link and field newsletters, as well as messages on Postal Vision video monitors.

In January, these efforts will focus on the 14 general principles, including the first principle: “Public service is a public trust, requiring employees to place loyalty to the Constitution, the laws and ethical principles above private gain.”

This means Postal Service employees must always act — and appear to act — with the nation’s interests before their own.

In addition to putting an honest effort in their work, employees must not seek personal advantage for themselves or others. They must honor their commitment to the public by using government resources — such as time, property and information — wisely and only to accomplish postal work.

“The first principle of ethical conduct is particularly important to the Postal Service because the American people are our customers,” said Acting Associate General Counsel and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer Natalie Bonanno.

“If our customers don’t trust us, they will not continue to do business with us. Postal employees must protect our reputation by performing their duties ethically, and with dignity and integrity.”

You can read the 14 General Principles of Ethical Conduct on the USPS Ethics Office Blue page.

If you have questions, send an email to the Ethics Office at

Source: USPS

One thought on “USPS: Knowing the rules for ethical conduct

  1. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    NALC Branch 1083
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    City Mail Carrier
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    I don’t believe you should tell your employees what to post on cars politically. And how many stickers they can have on the car they bring to work. Wearing other labels on the job I can see because you buy the uniform. Most post offices don’t have parking lots for the cars so it shouldn’t matter to the Post Office for them. If you buy my vehicle to use at work, then you can give rules on what is on them but if I am furnisihing my vehicle then I should be allowed to put stickers on it. A suggestion is one thing a rule is another matter.

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