• Project Title:
  • Postal Service's Ethics Program
  • Start Date:
  • Wednesday, February 28, 2018
  • Estimated Report Release Date:
  • August 2018

It is not uncommon that employees feel pressured to meet organizational goals, and as goals are raised, employees may turn to less-than-ethical means to meet them. As a result, work environments can fill up with unethical behavior that employees rationalize. Likewise, when employees detect unethical behavior, they may not feel comfortable reporting it.

The Postal Service’s Ethics and Compliance Office oversees a program for more than a half-million Postal Service employees. The first principle of ethical conduct for every employee is, “Public service is a public trust, requiring employees to place loyalty to the Constitution, the laws and ethical principles above private gain.”  The Postal Service’s standards of conduct and ethical principles include:

•   An honest work effort.
•   Protecting government property.
•   Not using one’s position for personal gain.
•   Complying with laws.
•   Reporting waste, fraud, abuse, or corruption.

Not only the tone from executives, but also the actions of each employee create the ethics of an organization. Everyone is responsible for their decisions when faced with an ethical choice. And each voice is needed to build a strong ethical culture.

The OIG will be assessing the maturity of the Postal Service’s ethics in three areas of best practice: accountability and enforcement, response and prevention, and agency goals and metrics.

  • What are examples of best practices that the Postal Service should add to its current ethics program?
  • Are you aware of areas of risk, or of risky behavior, that the Postal Service may not be addressing in the ethics program (but should)?
  • Earlier this year both Gallup and the Pew Research Center released survey results indicating the Postal Service is the most-favorably viewed federal agency (among those included in the polls). If you are a Postal Service employee, do you share that view? Or do things look different from the inside?

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  • anon

    I brought up the idea of tarsal sequencing while loading up the vehicle a month later you guys implemented it and I never even got a thank you or reply. Good ideas are taken for personal gain.

    Apr 13, 2018
  • anon

    I have been working for USPS for almost 5 months. I've repeatedly asked for more hours and stated that I was available Monday thru Friday not once have they had me work instead they have been bringing in a carrier from a different county. I was told that is completely not right and I should've been called. What do I do? Also I was told I wasn't going to get paid for dispatch if I had to dispatch and then go finish my route. This is also unbelievable plus we have NO water in our office. Please help me understand what or how to resolve this. Thank you

    Apr 09, 2018
  • anon

    I see you contact your local nalc

    Apr 13, 2018
  • anon

    I agree with Michael and Barbara, as the OIG whistleblower and Postal Oath is a scam for reporting waste, fraud and corruption. Ybor L&DC is run by a convicted felon and he has another felon court hearing on May 1, 2018. Standards of Conduct as stated in the ELM are ignored by the Uni in and OIG. Management blatantly lies n legal documents, as there are no consequences for management for working out of scope of the craft, changing the clock rings, posting fraudulent schedules and providing a typed schedules to follow, not providing breaks or training and hiring out of order is the norm, as the Union representation is only concerned with their best interests. What a scam the felons in the USPS have against the law abiding employees and public.

    Apr 09, 2018
  • anon

    There needs to be a forum for an employee to address their concerns without fear of retribution. I too have made an OIG referral and somehow it got back that I did it. I never told a soul. If your referrals are sent to HR or Labor after receipt without investigation then basically the person concerned about misgivings is left on the chopping block. HR never wants their District to look bad, doesn't matter what the truth is .

    Apr 05, 2018
  • anon

    The unethical behavior and pressure come from the top, down. Poor leadership (actually none), management fails to follow even the contract....much less the laws. Bring anything to their attention and they come after you. File and win a grievance, they still do not do what they ordered to do (their job), and they walk you off the job and make up more lies to support a removal. The union is in bed with management in most districts, and is joke. I used to believe the USPS was one of the greatest organizations our government ran. My eyes are open to the truth now. Don't believe me? Just go to work as a city carrier and you'll learn the truth. The OIG doesn't care to do anything about it.

    Apr 05, 2018
  • anon

    You ask for people to comment and report theft. I reported theft via falsifying clock rings by a usps supervisor several times and nothing gets done. The falsifying continues. Stealing time is a crime against the postal service, yet the OIG does nothing. Your blogs and hotlines appear to be all smoke and mirrors.

    Apr 04, 2018

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