Postal Service Governors are considered to be “special government employees” (SGE). An SGE is an officer or employee “who is retained, designated, appointed, or employed to perform, with or without compensation, for not to exceed one hundred and thirty days during any period of three hundred and sixty-five consecutive days.” 18 U.S.C. § 202. Congress created the SGE category in 1962 to allow the Federal government to obtain the expertise it needs, while allowing those experts to continue their private professional lives. As a result, some of the ethics statutes and regulations apply differently to SGEs than they do to regular executive branch employees, and some provisions do not apply at all. If a Governor no longer qualifies as an SGE, then the ethics statutes and regulations will apply to the Governor in the same manner as they apply to regular employees.
Below is a synopsis of the ethics statutes, regulations, and provisions that are most pertinent to Postal Service Governors.