No playing politics

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