The Postal Service’s ethics office is hearing from a lot of employees who have questions about the ALS ice bucket challenge.
The challenge involves people dumping a bucket of ice water on themselves to raise awareness of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and then encouraging others to do the same or make a donation to the ALS Association.
Videos of people taking the challenge have gone viral on social media in recent weeks.
Here’s some general guidance:
- Employees are welcome to participate in the challenge on their own time and at locations other than Postal Service property.
- Colleagues who are friends outside the workplace are welcome to participate and nominate each other for the challenge, as long as they do it on their own time and use their own equipment.
- Employees shouldn’t use government equipment to participate in the challenge, and they shouldn’t do it on government property. Also, employees shouldn’t issue the challenge to subordinates, and they should carefully consider whether it would be appropriate to challenge supervisors or other bosses.
If you have questions regarding participation in the ice bucket challenge or any other ethics issue, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the ethics hotline at 202-268-6346.