The Hatch Act — Permitted and Prohibited Activities for Employees

The Hatch Act is a federal law that restricts the political activity of federal and Postal Service employees while on duty, on government property, wearing an official uniform, or using a government vehicle. It also prohibits candidates campaigning for election to public office on leased or owned postal property.

Under the Hatch Act, Postal Service employees may:

Postal Service employees may not:

Ignorance of the law is not an excuse. More information on the Hatch Act can be obtained at