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“The provision was apparently included so that a successor to the president of mailing and shipping would not necessarily be bound by the terms agreed to by the predecessor president,” said Joanne Veto, a spokeswoman for the Postal Service.

“Since the contract expired prior to Mr. Bernstock’s resignation, this provision no longer has any force or effect.”

Anthony Anikeeff, a contracting lawyer in Washington who examined the provision at the request of The Times, said such language typically isn’t found in government contracts, though he also noted that the Postal Service operates under a set of rules that are different from the federal government’s.

“It’s an escape clause that lets everybody out,” he said.

The contract brokered by Mr. Bernstock with Goldman Sachs gave the company indefinite royalties for ideas they helped develop - a provision killed by Mr. Pedersen and Mr. Corbett. One official familiar with the Goldman Sachs contract in the Postal Service’s law department, whose name was redacted from the Bernstock report, told investigators that Mr. Bernstock was involved in the contract through former business associates at Goldman Sachs.

In an April 16 interview with investigators, Mr. Bernstock said he did award no-bid contracts to business friends, but added that he needed to bring in outside talent if he was going to be a successful “change agent.” He also said he consulted on his contracts with Susan Brownell, the Postal Service’s vice president for supply management.

The inspector general’s office also noted in its report on Mr. Bernstock that Goldman Sachs was a major investor of a publicly traded company where Mr. Bernstock served on the board of directors called Pantry Inc.

Mr. Bernstock was allowed to retain his corporate director positions on two publicly traded companies after he was hired - jobs that paid more than $250,000 combined in salary and other compensation. When questioned by The Times about the arrangement in December, postal officials said they approved it as a condition of Mr. Bernstock’s hiring.