Holiday Ethics Presentation

Below is the link to the holiday ethics presentation. These materials will answer most questions that you and your employees have regarding holiday gifts, parties, and other events. Please forward this email throughout your organization and ask your employees to view the presentation at their earliest convenience. Of course, the ethics staff is available to answer any questions you or your employees have regarding ethics at any time of the year by calling 202-268-6346 or by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Happy Holidays!


Michael J. Elston

Associate General Counsel and

Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer

United States Postal Service


Ahem! Every year we are reminded about ethics I remember glimpsing others may have different rules…

“The Postal Service’s top attorney, Mary Anne Gibbons, told investigators she thought there were two sets of rules governing the so-called “de minimis” policies on the use of postal equipment for outside activities: one rule for hourly employees and another for executive employees such as Mr. Bernstock.”

“Former U.S. Postal Service Governor Alan Kessler pressured postal executives to scuttle a planned property purchase that would have cost a friend millions of dollars, according to a report from the Office of Inspector General. The IG also found that the Postal Service general counsel, Mary Anne Gibbons, failed to act as she should have to halt Kessler's actions and report them to the IG.”

“This is not the first IG report that concluded Gibbons failed to report ongoing improper actions by an executive. Another IG report issued last year, into questionable sole-source contracts issued by former Postal Service marketing executive Robert Bernstock, also found that Gibbons did not report her knowledge that Bernstock was using postal staff for his personal business.”

“That report said Gibbons physically covered her ears and said she didn't want to talk about it when she found out Bernstock was improperly using postal staff.”

Ms Gibbons has since retired with a glowing appraisal of her service to USPS. Her actions were not officially commented on or disputed by USPS at the time of the stories above.

Shawn McClenahan