The USPS violated federal law, according to an Office of Special Counsel (OSC) report. They determined the USPS "engaged in systemic violations" of the Hatch Act, a law that limits certain political activities of federal employees.
The investigation, headed by Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs chairman, was launched months ago. Johnson brought constituent complaints to the OSC in October.
A USPS employee was concerned the USPS "incurred unnecessary overtime costs" and "improperly coordinated" with the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) when it allowed members several weeks of "union official" leave without pay to participate in campaign work.
"The Labor 2016 program sought to 'elect Hillary Clinton and pro-worker candidates across the country,'" the report stated. It cited campaign work such as door-to-door canvassing, phone banks and other get-out-the-vote efforts.
The report said that about 97 NALC members requested leave without pay to participate.
The NALC endorsed Crooked Hillary last June and compensated those USPS workers using the Letter Carrier Political Fund, the Union's PAC.
Most of the campaign work was in 2016 in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania and officials at multiple levels were allegedly involved.
OSC Acting Special Counsel Adam Miles explained that the NALC provided lists of letter carriers to participate in campaign activity to USPS officials across the country. Miles posits that the local officials "interpreted the communications as directives" from USPS headquarters to release the carriers on union official leave without pay.
In other words, these were direct orders.
The report states that local supervisors were worried that releasing workers would impact on regular postal operations and initially objected to releasing them, but USPS management instructed local supervisors to let them go and make Hillary Clinton THE FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!!
"We concluded that the USPS practice of facilitating and directing carrier releases for the union's political activity resulted in an institutional bias in favor of NALC's endorsed political candidates, which the Hatch Act prohibits," Hatch said before the Senate Homeland Security Committee, which is scheduled to hold a hearing today.
The Hatch Act is a federal law prohibiting certain political activities of federal employees. Its purpose is to ensure federal programs are "administered in a nonpartisan fashion, to protect federal employees from political coercion in the workplace, and to ensure that federal employees are advanced based on merit and not based on political affiliation," according to the OSC.
The OSC is an independent federal agency that monitors compliance with the Hatch Act and other law.