Last week, Link published an article regarding the federal anti-lobbying statute as it relates to USPS employees. It’s important to note that the law only applies to the “use of postal resources.” The law prohibits employees — acting in their official capacity — from encouraging stakeholders to intercede with Congress. source: USPS News Link
Here is what USPS originally posted:
It’s nobody’s business
Public disclosure policy and lobbying restrictions
USPS has rules — designed to protect both the Postal Service and employees — that prohibit the communication of confidential, proprietary, and non-public information, as well as information that would violate anti-lobbying laws. These rules are important, in times such as these, when legislative action has dominated discussions concerning the Postal Service. USPS wants its employees to understand the parameters of anti-lobbying laws and public disclosure.
Employees should not discuss non-public aspects of their work, or any other postal work with anyone other than those directly involved. Sales or cost data, and unreleased financial statistics are examples of such information.
The “Anti-Lobbying Act,” 18 US Code 1913, prohibits the use of postal resources to influence others to speak with Congress about postal issues.
The Government Relations office manages communication to Congress on the Postal Service’s position on issues and legislation, and postal employees may respond to Congressional inquiries through authorized channels. This information may be discussed with USPS stakeholders ― including members of the public. However, employees are prohibited from urging these stakeholders to intercede with Congress.
Anti-lobbying law violations are punishable by civil penalties and are investigated by the Government Accountability Office, which refers cases to the Justice Department for possible enforcement.
Click here for specific examples of what is and is not permissible by the anti-lobbying laws