USPS wants to help you understand the standards of ethical conduct 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


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You talk about standards of ethics conduct for employees and honestly. How about management in the USPS start treating it’s employers with a little honestly, respect, trust, dignity and integrity. The USPS can’t keep employees because of the constant harassment, threats, disrespect and not caring about the safety and welfare of them. To (wow – what – a – title) Bonanno, how about looking in to that matter and instead of sitting there talking crap. Ethics standards start at the top , it called LEAD BY EXAMPLE, something the postal service doesn’t understand or refuses to do.

Thank you! You took the words right out of my mouth!

Let’s not forget us where USPS management has – for 3 years – REFUSED to deliver our mail. Not a single RMO, in 3 years can provide a federal law and or federal regulation. All because I wrote REFUSED on mail and put it in the “out” slot for them to take away. 3 years later they tell me: Write REFUSED and put it back in your slot, we will then take it away. YET, to this day they have diverted our mail, “Address UNK” etc. EVEN our lifesaving VA medicine. WHO HOLDS THESE PPL ACCOUNTABLE? NOT the Chain of… Read more »

if a 30% disable vet who has 104 hour of would warrior on his check but supervisor wants him to take form 5980 to see if his treatment is service connected or not is that a violation of the hipaa law also if the doctor refuse to fill it what a vet suppose to do.