Politically correct

The Postal Service is offering employees another reminder about the rules for participating in political activities under the Hatch Act.

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.

The law also forbids employees from engaging in certain political activities whether or not they are on duty, such as raising money for a candidate or running for a partisan office.

However, under the Hatch Act, employees are permitted to do the following when not at work, wearing a postal uniform or occupying a postal vehicle:

  • Register to vote and vote in an election
  • Volunteer to participate in voter registration efforts
  • Manage a partisan political campaign
  • Attend a political fundraiser
  • Donate money to a partisan candidate, party or group
  • Become a member of a political party
  • Hold office within a political party

The Ethics Blue page has more Hatch Act resources, including a Let’s Talk Politics! fact sheet. Employees who have questions can contact their local field law office or send an email to ethics.help@usps.gov.