If you’re offered free attendance at a non-postal or non-federal government conference, it’s considered a gift from an outside source. You could still attend, however, if the Postal Service invokes its gift acceptance authority.
Under this rule, you can attend the event if you’re going in your official capacity and your Vice President says it’s “necessary or convenient in the transaction of postal business.” Your VP must email a statement to the Ethics Office detailing the reasons. The Ethics Office will make the final decision.
By attending a conference free of charge that will enhance your postal work and was approved by a VP, your actions don’t violate the ethics rules. The Postal Service benefits from the knowledge you gain at the conference.
Driving in the dark can affect your depth perception, color recognition and peripheral vision. Glare from the headlights of oncoming vehicles can blind you temporarily. Even with your high-beam headlights on, visibility is limited. There’s less time to react to something in the road — especially when driving at higher speeds.
Take extra care when driving at night to avoid accidents.
And that’s smart safety!
For additional information or guidance, contact your safety office.