New USPS Instructions for Reemploying Former or Retired Postal Employees

From USPS Postal Bulletin

October 10, 2010

New USPS Instructions for Reemploying Former or Retired Postal Employees

Management Instructions
Management Instruction EL-500-2010-4, Contracting With Individuals or Rehiring Into Career Nonbargaining Positions

Management Instruction (MI) EL-500-2010-4, Contract­ing With Individuals or Rehiring Into Career Nonbargaining Positions, is now available on PolicyNet and is effective immediately.

This MI provides guidance on the reviews and approvals required prior to contracting with or reemploying specified individuals, including former and/or retired postal or federal civilian employees, into career nonbargaining positions. Specifically, this MI:

  • Establishes the process for requesting contracts with individuals.
  • Defines the categories under which persons may be utilized to perform work for the Postal Ser­vice™.
  • Identifies the Human Resources authorities responsi­ble for determining whether the request to contract with an individual may proceed.

MI EL-500-2010-4 is available on the Postal Service PolicyNet website:

Go to

Under “Essential Links” in the left-hand column, click PolicyNet.

Click MIs.

(The direct URL for the Postal Service PolicyNet website is

— Corporate Personnel Management, Employee Resource Management, 10-7-10

8 Responses to "New USPS Instructions for Reemploying Former or Retired Postal Employees"

  1. Liz baker   March 10, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Left post office with 6 years employment. How can i find out if i have an annuity with the post office?. When i left my employment i was not given my options.

    Liz – call the HR office for your area or try here for your information:

    Shared Human Resources Center
    HRSSC/Compensation & Benefits
    PO Box 970400
    Greensboro, NC 27497-0400
    Call: HRSSC at 1-877-477-3273

  2. Sibylle   March 31, 2013 at 1:25 am

    Left USPS with 6 years employment as mail carrier. Can I apply again and be hired? Do I need to pass the exam again or my past test result is enough?

  3. John (Jacksonville,fl)   August 6, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Left USPS for almost 4 years as a mail carrier for a voluntary enlistment in the military. Already a regular and my name should be in the system. I am now retired in the military and want to go back in USPS, should I start all over again? Please advise.

    John – we’re sorry, but we can not advise you on a postal career. PEN

  4. richard krumbholz   September 2, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    I retired from the usps in 2009. Can I get rehired as a casual or any other position

  5. Jerrold Peralta   January 22, 2014 at 8:11 am

    I was hired as a mail carrier last March 2013. Three weeks after getting hired, I quit my job because I had some family issue I needed to take care off. Can I apply again to be a mail carrier?

    Only USPS could answer that question. 1-800-AskUSPS

  6. Hugo M. Herran   March 5, 2014 at 2:47 am

    I retired from USPS on January 2 of 2008,after 14 years of duty to take care of my business, but the economy of 2009 and following years has left me empty and broke. I know the rules and regulations required by the Postal Service and the Union. My duty was a full time employee as a T6, City Tech. delivery mail-man in Miami. I still belong to the Union Branch 1071 and with sincerity and necessity I request to give me a new opportunity to go back to the Company that I love so much and do my job with the best of my ability and experience. thank you. Hugo M. Herran.

    Hugo – PEN is not affiliated with USPS. Your request should be directed to USPS.

  7. Micheal Kinsey   May 16, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Left USPS 14 yrs employment as a mail handler and 204B acting manager 4yrs. during that period.Move to another state to care for father. Would I have to go back thru the hold process to be rehired to work as a casual or partime flexible.

    Micheal – you would need to ask USPS your question.

  8. Jerald Richmond   July 7, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    I resigned from the post office in 2008 due to personal reasons. I worked as a mail handler for eight years and would like to find out how to be reinstated back into the system.

    Jerald – we cannot answer your question – you would need to ask USPS. Try 1-800-Ask-USPS