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Avoiding conflicts

USPS offers ‘moonlighting’ reminder

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Postal workers must obtain approval from the USPS Ethics Office before taking jobs with other organizations.

The Postal Service wants you to remember the rules on “moonlighting” — working for other employers while continuing to work for USPS.

Federal ethics regulations don’t prohibit you from engaging in outside activities — unless doing so would cause a conflict with your official duties. This would happen if the outside activity creates a financial conflict of interest or the appearance that you aren’t impartially performing your postal job duties.

Here are some things to remember:

• You’re prohibited from engaging in any outside employment or business activities with certain types of organizations, including Amazon, FedEx, UPS and DHL. For other types of employment, you must obtain approval from the USPS Ethics Office before taking the job.

• You must also obtain prior approval from the Ethics Office before taking a job or engaging in business activities with organizations or individuals with whom you have official dealings on behalf of the Postal Service.

• If you take a job or engage in business with an outside organization, the work can’t affect your postal work. For example, you must continue to maintain regular, on-time attendance with USPS.

The Ethics Blue page has more information. If you have questions, call the ethics hotline at 202-268-6346 or send an email to

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