Written approval now required for postal travel requests

Due to the spread of COVID-19, the disease associated with the new coronavirus, the Postal Service is requiring advanced written approval for business travel for all officers, executives and non-bargaining employees.

This precautionary measure, which took effect this week, is consistent with recent guidance from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

USPS is encouraging employees to use videoconferencing and teleconferencing in place of travel when possible.

Official travel requests for any area or district employee must be approved in advance — in writing — by the area vice president. Travel requests for headquarters employees must be approved in advance by the employee’s vice president or executive leadership team member.

The Postal Service issued a memo to employees detailing the action last week. Employees who have questions should speak to their manager or supervisor.


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