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No pay for teaching, speaking, writing

USPS employees must take care before accepting teaching, speaking and other invitations.

The Postal Service is reminding employees that they may not receive compensation from a source other than the government for teaching, speaking or writing about their official duties.

An employee’s official duties are involved if:

• The invitation is extended because of the employee’s USPS position rather than the employee’s subject matter expertise;

• The invitation comes from a person who has interests that may be affected by the performance of the postal employee’s duties;

• The employee is expected to convey nonpublic information;

• The subject concerns any matter the employee is assigned to, or has been assigned to in the past year, or any current or announced policy, program or operation of USPS.

There is a limited exception to this rule when it comes to teaching certain courses as part of an established school curriculum or when a training program is funded by a federal, state or local government agency.

Employees who have questions should call the ethics helpline at 202-268-6346 or send an email to