1-8 Organizations and Personnel

Information security policies apply to all Postal Service functional organizations and personnel, including Postal Service employees, contractors, vendors, suppliers, business partners, and any other authorized users of Postal Service information systems, applications, telecommunication networks, data, and related resources, regardless of location. Information security applies to the Office of the Inspector General and the Inspection Service except where statutory authority exempts them.

For the purposes of these policies, the above entities are collectively known as personnel. This definition of “personnel” excludes customers whose only access is through publicly available services, such as public Web sites of the Postal Service.

These policies do not change the rights or responsibilities of either management or the unions pursuant to Articles 17 and 31 of the various collective bargaining agreements or the National Labor Relations Act, as amended. These revisions do not bar the unions from using their own portable devices and media for processing information that is relevant for collective bargaining and/or grievance processing, including information provided by management pursuant to Articles 17 and 31 of the collective bargaining agreement or the National Labor Relations Act. There is no change to policy concerning restricted access to the Postal Service Intranet.

Note: For specific guidance regarding practices or actions not explicitly covered by these policies, contact the manager, Corporate Information Security Office, prior to engaging in such activities.