USPS Revises Its Policies on Rehiring Postal Execs

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.

7 thoughts on “USPS Revises Its Policies on Rehiring Postal Execs

  1. The Postal Service is in dire need of supervision. All these reports of theft ( see Customer Connect), scandal ( see Robert Bernstock), lack of ehtics (see Lead postal attorney Maryanne Gibbons), and the obvious and inherrent lack of leadership ( see “Doomsday” Jack Potter), begs the question, when will Congress do something?
    This is one of the worst examples of how an organization unsupervised will run wild. It is a wonderful opportunity for a graduate thesis, as no one has seen anything like this since the Interior Dept. scandal in Lakewood, Colorado. That was subsequently cleaned up by Secretary Ken Salazar; yet still, no one was prosecuted for selling drugs and illegal dealings.
    We need a governmantal sherriff that has non-partisan powers AND will do the job with integrity.
    Integrity is a non-partisan virtue!!

  2. The OIG should do yearly audits for the USPS. It appears they have uncovered alot of waste and excessive spending. But the OIG should submit the reports directly to Congress when it does find waste management. After all, Congress does mandate the USPS. Someone should be held accountable. When the USPS has difficult financial situations, it is Congress they run to. (and legally required) I think the USPS has been running rampant for awhile now. What I do not understand though is how they got away with overfunding civil service so many times. This is the fourth time if you review your Postal quarterly magazine, they mention it there approx. a year ago. What happened to all that money? Our jobs are on the line, its our business to question these ethics…

  3. Why would or should USPS management follow this MI (Management Instruction) when historically they have been so cavalier about following any and all other MI’s issued. When all is said and done, just just like they apply the standards in all USPS Handbooks and Manuals, the Postal Service will insist that MI’s only serve as general “guidelines.” By the time MI’s filter down to subordinate management levels, they are normally left to “interpretation” and casual application. In short, they are not binding to the point of law.

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