Last month the Washington Post reported: The Postal Service has awarded more than 2,700 contracts to former employees since 1991 and awarded 17 no-bid deals to former executives between 2006 and 2009, according to one of the audits. Most of those executives earned six-figure sums, the report said. One unnamed executive received a $260,000 no-bid deal in July 2009 to train his successor just two months after retiring.
The Postal Service has revised its Management Instructions (MI) on “Contracting With Individuals or Rehiring Into Career Nonbargaining Positions.”
From the Postal Bulletin:
Management Instruction (MI) EL-500-2010-4, Contracting With Individuals or Rehiring Into Career Nonbargaining Positions, is now available on PolicyNet and is effective
This MI provides guidance on the reviews and approvals required prior to contracting with or reemploying specified individuals, including former and/or retired postal or federal civilian employees, into career nonbargaining positions. Specifically, this MI:
- Establishes the process for requesting contracts with individuals.
- Defines the categories under which persons may be utilized to perform work for the Postal Service.
- Identifies the Human Resources authorities responsible for determining whether the request to contract with an individual may proceed.