Lawmakers question feds' campaign activities

In response to findings by the U.S. Postal Service inspector general and the Office of Special Counsel that the mailing agency unlawfully pressured supervisors to approve unpaid leave for employees to campaign, congressional leaders are looking to crack down on the practice, Government Executive reports.

According to the article, lawmakers have asked 10 agency leaders for detailed records for review in an effort to ensure agencies are granting leave without pay in a “politically neutral manner.”

Specifically, the chairman requested agencies’ agreements with labor groups on “union-official leave,” general policies on leave without pay, all communications related to employees taking time off for union activity, and data since 2008 on the number of employees who requested leave without pay, the article notes.

Reader comments

Thu, Sep 14, 2017

To Fed-up. I agree with you. I find lawmakers accusing any one of criminal activities laughable. As they are the leaders in this arena.

Wed, Aug 23, 2017 SamG Northeast

Granting requests for Unpaid leave for any reason is by far the best way for any agency to keep costs down. The post office has big deficits and unpaid leave reduces those deficits.

Wed, Aug 23, 2017 FED-UP Montrose, NY

I took time out to actually read the article and it does not say who they were campaigning for. I'm sure if it was for the Republican candidate it would be considered a crime against humanity, and if it were for the Democratic candidate it would be considered a birth right. As a Constitutional Libertarian, I am not fond of either party, but I am really sick of the political double standard. I am beginning to view the progressive Democrats as domestic enemies of the Constitution, because they openly disregard it as a block to their agendas. At least the Republicans pretend to honor the Constitution. I'm glad to see a crackdown on this expense to the taxpayers. I can't help but think that if the Democrats were in charge now, this type of nonsense would expand beyond control.

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