Friday, November 4, 2011
September 2011 stamp sales increased more than 3.2 percent compared to those in September 2010. The top selling stamps were the “Lady Liberty and U.S. Flag” coil of 100, with 322 million stamps sold. Customers purchased 213 million “Liberty Bell” book stamps.
Commemorative stamps also were popular and continued to drive overall stamp sales. Commemorative stamp revenue for the month comprised 9.2 percent of total sales, a half-point percent increase over the ratio reported for August.
Top commemorative sellers were:
“Send a Hello”: 14 million stamps
“Owney the Postal Dog”: 9.2 million stamps
“Edward Hopper”: 7.3 million stamps
“U.S. Merchant Marine”: 5.7 million stamps
“Go Green”: 5.2 million stamps
“Send a Hello” Forever stamps feature characters from Disney•Pixar Animation Studios movies and include, Buzz Lightyear from “Toy Story”, Lightning McQueen and Mater from “Cars”, and the robot Wall•E from “Wall•E”.
Most best-selling commemoratives, along with the month’s top selling stamps, reflect continuing customer interest in Americana, patriotic and animal themes. “Owney the Postal Dog” is proving popular. Available since July 27, the stamp honoring the mail train-riding pooch sold over 11 million copies in its first month and more than 20 million stamps to date.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Fraudsters masquerading as USPS employees are phoning residents and requesting birth dates and Social Security numbers as requirements for package delivery. While the Postal Service may require proof of age to sign for certain items, it never asks for Social Security numbers.
The Postal Service recently introduced an Adult Signature Required service for shipping ― including Express Mail service, Priority Mail and certain Parcel Select services.
Recipients must show government-issued photo identification that includes a date of birth. This verification must be made in person and never will be requested by phone. Adult Signature Required mailpieces cannot be left at an address without first obtaining the signature of an adult who is 21 years of age or older.
The Postal Inspection Service says safeguarding personal information is crucial to financial well-being. Employees and customers never should provide Social Security numbers or birth dates over the phone if they didn’t initiate contact.
Native American culture has been reflected on U.S. postage since 1898 with the issuance of a 4-cent stamp known as “Indian Hunting Buffalo.” Since then, nearly 60 stamps have portrayed Native American themes.
Click here for a look at more Native American-themed stamps in a National Postal Museum online exhibit.
·Download flashlight APPs on smart phones. When Japan experienced the tsunami, flashlight apps were the #1 download at that time. This feature will come in handy during a power outage.
·From the ABC newsroom, Hurricane HD lets you track storms with moving radar and satellite imagery from the National Hurricane Center. It provides tropical bulletins, forecasts, and advisories. You can watch video updates for current storms and find data on major storms of the past.
·The Weather Channel has fully customizable weather maps, animated radar maps, detailed weather conditions and forecasts, severe weather alerts, and a notification bar with the current temperature and severe weather alert indicator. It allows you to get weather forecasts for your location or search by city, ZIP Code, street address, or landmark. The app also includes interactive maps that are fully customizable and feature the functionality of Google Maps. You can decide to display layers such as radar, clouds, UV index, rainfall and more.
·Global Alert Network delivers hands-free national traffic and weather alerts. See iTunes for Apple devices or go to BlackBerry for a download. The Global Alert Network is a location-aware network platform that automatically broadcasts audible hands-free alerts to mobile devices. You can choose to subscribe to weather or traffic alerts, which are geo-targeted to your location.
One last reminder: Make sure to have your electronic device fully charged before the hurricane.
Employees can make FEHB and FSA selections on PostalEASE. For FEDVIP elections, go to http://www.benefeds.com/ or call 877-888-FEDS (877-888-3337) or TTY 877-889-5680.
The meeting will take place from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, November 17, at Florida Technical College, 12520 Pines Blvd in Pembroke Pines.
With the deep decline in mail volume due to current economic conditions and continuing electronic diversion, the Postal Service has an excess of employees and equipment in some mail processing operations. A study was begun on September 15, 2011 at the South Florida Processing and Distribution Center to determine the feasibility of consolidating redundant operations to see if any efficiencies and cost savings would be achieved.
Initial study results support consolidating mail processing operations that are currently being performed at the South Florida Processing and Distribution Center by taking advantage of available processing capacity at the Miami Processing and Distribution Center in order to increase efficiency and improve productivity.
While no final decision has been reached, Postal Service managers will give an overview of the reasons for the proposal and its possible outcomes, and will listen to community input and concerns. A summary of the proposal and presentation materials will be made available on usps.com one week before the meeting date.
Anyone who wishes to submit comments in writing can send them to Manager, Consumer and Industry Contact, South Florida District, 2200 NW 72 Ave, Rm 225, Miami FL 33152-9631. Public comments will be accepted through December 2, 2011.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
At a press conference today, Miami Division Inspector-In-Charge Enrique Gutierrez addressed a standing-room-only crowd filled with reporters and announced the arrests of an adult and two juveniles.
In the October 5th robbery, a Miami Gardens letter carrier was beaten, and in the October 17th incident, a North Miami letter carrier was robbed at gunpoint.
Investigators are looking to solve a third robbery, also in North Miami, that occurred October 14th. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is offering a $5,000 award for information that leads to an arrest. Call 1-877-876-2455.
Bentley, a terrier mix from Fremont, CA, ― in Bay-Valley District ― recently won the Owney Look-Alike Contest sponsored by the National Postal Museum and Washington Humane Society. More than 70 dogs nationwide were photographed on mailbags, by mailboxes and in letter carrier uniforms. The public voted for the three dogs that best represented the spirit of Owney.
Owners of Bentley and the second- and third-place winners will receive prizes. Photos of the winners will be displayed next to the real Owney in the Postal Museum for two weeks.
That means no shirts and no hats, buttons or other items displaying the name or likeness of a candidate or political party. The law also prohibits partisan political messages in the workplace.
Using a postal computer or telephone to make a political contribution is prohibited by the Hatch Act, as is making political contributions while on the clock. Employees who use USPS email to send partisan political messages violate federal law and risk losing their jobs. Employees who receive email containing such messages from outside the postal network should immediately delete them.
Employees can place political bumper stickers on their personal vehicles. However, there are limitations. If the car is parked on postal or other government property, the Hatch Act limits to one the number of visible bumper stickers that can be placed on the vehicle. If the vehicle is used for postal business, the employee must cover all political bumper stickers during the time the car is used for official work.
Monday, October 24, 2011
For a list of recommended holiday mailing dates, please visit: http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2011/pr11_115.htm
The recommended last day to mail the most economical postage to overseas military destinations is November 12.
For online ordering of the large Priority Mail APO/FPO Flat Rate Boxes featuring the “America Supports You” logo and information about mailing letters and packages to military destinations, visit Priority Mail APO/FPO Boxes under “Order Free Boxes.”
The Postal Service also offers free military care kits, designed specifically for military families sending packages overseas. Each kit includes two “America Supports You” large Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes, four medium-sized Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes, six Priority Mail labels, one roll of Priority Mail tape and six customs forms with envelopes. The mailing kits can be ordered by requesting them at 800-610-8734.
Additional savings are available for customers printing Priority Mail postage labels online at Click-N-Ship where additional discounts can be obtained for preparing your military mailing online.
Mail addressed to military Post Offices overseas is subject to certain conditions or restrictions regarding content, preparation and handling. APO/FPO addresses generally require customs forms. To see an online table of updated APO and FPO addresses and mailing restrictions by individual APO/FPO ZIP codes, click on APO/FPO Addresses, select “Pull-Out Information” and click on “Other Information.”
The Postal Service has made multilingual translation easy for usps.com customers by giving them the option of browsing the website’s product pages and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) in English, Spanish or simplified Chinese. Multilingual translation is one of several new enhancements that have been added to the Postal Service’s revamped website. The new feature — located on the upper left hand corner of usps.com — gives customers the choice of viewing the translated content by clicking on the down arrow and selecting the language (English, Spanish or Chinese). Not all applications will be translated right away. Any informational product or service page that has been converted to the website’s new look and feel will be available for translation, along with Track and Confirm, Lookup a ZIP Code and FAQs.
The public is invited to meet and discuss this proposal with postal officials on Wednesday, October 26, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, at the Mary V. McDonald-Wilson Center Gaines Park, 1505 N. Australian Avenue, West Palm Beach. Earlier in October, customers were provided questionnaires as part of this postal study. Employees who wish to attend this meeting are reminded that it is an off-the-clock activity.
As a self-supporting government enterprise, the Postal Service receives no tax dollars, but relies solely on the sale of postage, products, and services to pay for operating expenses. Due to the drastic decline in mail volume, the Postal Service is in a financial crisis and must take action to reduce the size of its retail and delivery network.
Nationwide, there are 26,000 Post Offices that do not generate enough revenue to cover costs. However, by law (Title 39), the Postal Service cannot close a Post Office for solely economical reasons. The proximity to other Post Offices and expanded access availability are considerations.
There was a time when virtually every postal transaction required a visit to the local Post Office retail counter. Now many customers are looking for postal services other than at brick and mortar Post Offices. Today nearly 35 percent of transactions are conducted using alternate retail channels. Customers may purchase stamps or discounted shipping labels, request free package pickup, or research Post Office Box availability at usps.com. Stamps also may be purchased at 1-800-STAMP24 or by order form from a letter carrier. Many drug stores, grocery stores, and office supply companies carry stamps for the convenience of their customers. Retail locations are listed at usps.com.
The following community meetings in the West Palm Beach area also are scheduled:
Southboro PO Community Meeting
Thursday, November 3
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Gaines Park Community Center, 1505 N Australian Ave, West Palm Beach
Singer Island PO Community Meeting
Monday, November 7
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Gaines Park Community Center, 1505 N Australian Ave, West Palm Beach
Thursday, October 20, 2011
For the purpose of this policy, “social media” is defined as any form of online publishing or discussion, including but not limited to: Blogs, Wikis, YouTube, Podcasts, Social Networking – Social sites (such as Facebook, MySpace, and LinkedIn), Twitter/Microblogs, and Web 2.0.
Whether Postal Service employees choose to participate in social media on their own time is their decision. However, when using social media in a personal capacity, employees may not speak for or act on behalf of the Postal Service. All uses of social media related to the conduct of official postal business require management consent. Contractors and consultants are prohibited from representing the Postal Service in the use of any social media tool. While contractors may create content on behalf of the Postal Service, only Postal Service employees may identify themselves as Postal Service spokespersons and post information relating to the conduct of official postal business.
Today's Postal Bulletin features the addition of our Social Media Policy and may be reviewed at:
Donahoe says his all ties into the larger picture of what has been talked about over the last several months regarding legislative change, making changes in the Postal Service’s retail, delivery and processing networks, and growing the business to get it on the path to profitability. The whole idea and aim, he says, is to secure a strong financial future for the organization, the industry and employees.
Donahoe acknowledged that employees are used to the FEHBP and having comfort in knowing they’re part of a large plan. But that doesn’t mean it’s the best plan or the plan that offers the best flexibility for you or the Postal Service as a business he says. “By pulling this piece of costs away from the FEHBP, we’d be able to save about $500-700 million a year.”
The PMG said this proposal is the same business model followed by other large companies like General Electric and IBM with big employee bases. Those companies leverage their size to get the lowest cost and best value for their employees. Donahoe says this is the model USPS wants to follow.
He says although everyone has been taking great steps to reduce the organization’s costs, the health care cost is one USPS is unable to address in its current model. The business model needs to be changed to maximize the benefit to employees and to the Postal Service he says.
The Postal Service’s proposal will require congressional approval. It will allow USPS to establish its own health benefits program.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Within weeks of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, letters containing anthrax-causing bacteria were mailed through the Trenton P&DC to members of Congress and the news media. The facility was shut down for decontamination, and nearly 1,000 postal workers were treated. The P&DC reopened in 2005.
“These unspeakably tragic events served as a defining moment for the Postal Service,” said Joshua Colin, acting manager, Operations Support, Eastern Area. “The use of the mailstream for these despicable acts threatened all Americans — and it placed at risk our national service network like nothing before or since.
“Your dedication and work to reopen this facility is a testament to an indomitable spirit,” Colin continued. “You responded with a resounding sense of duty and, as we gather today, we are proud to be one of the most trusted organizations in the world.”
Those attending the ceremony — who also dedicated a memorial plaque — included Judith Herrick, senior plant manager; Russell Herrick, plant manager; New Jersey Congressman Chris Smith; and Philip Bartlett, Postal Inspector In Charge.
This year’s theme is “Profit by Investing in Workers with Disabilities” — emphasizing the benefit of increasing employment opportunities for disabled workers.
The Postal Service welcomes diversity and inclusion in all facets of the workplace, and recognizes that employees with disabilities bring needed skills and new perspectives to help achieve organizational success.
Fort Lauderdale P&DC Outgoing to Miami P&DC Public Input Meeting
Wednesday, October 19, 6:00 pm to 7:45 pm
Broward Main Public Library, 100 S Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale
Colee Post Office Community Meeting
Tuesday, November 1, 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
Broward Main Public Library, 100 S Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale
Northwood Post Office Community Meeting
Wednesday, October 26, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Gaines Park Community Center, 1501 N. Australian Ave, West Palm Beach
Southboro Post Office Community Meeting
Thursday, November 3, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Gaines Park Community Center, 1501 N. Australian Ave, West Palm Beach
Singer Island Post Office Community Meeting
Monday, November 7, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Gaines Park Community Center, 1501 N. Australian Ave., West Palm Beach
Highlights of the new single-piece First-Class Mail pricing, effective January 22, 2012, include:
· Letters (1 oz.) – 1-cent increase to 45 cents
· Letters additional ounces – unchanged at 20 cents
· Postcards – 3-cent increase to 32 cents
· Letters to Canada or Mexico (1 oz.) – 5-cent increase to 85 cents
· Letters to other international destinations – 7-cent increase to $1.05
Prices also will change for other mailing services, including Standard Mail, Periodicals, Package Services, and Extra Services. Today’s announcement does not affect Express Mail and Priority Mail prices.
More information on the new pricing is available at:
“The overall average price increase is small and is needed to help address our current financial crisis,” said Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe. “We continue to take actions within our control to increase revenue in other ways and to aggressively cut costs. To return to sound financial footing, we urgently need enactment of comprehensive, long-term legislation to provide the Postal Service with a more flexible business model.”
While actual percentage price increases for various products and services vary, the overall average price increase across all mailing services is capped by law at 2.1 percent, the rate of inflation calculated based on the Consumer Price Index.
For business mailers, today’s announcement offers good news for First-Class Mail Presort mailers. When the new prices go into effect on January 22, the second ounce for presorted letters will be free.
And new for all customers is a 3-month pricing option to rent PO Boxes, perfect for people on the move and others who need a PO Box for a short time period.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
These meeting dates (November 1 and 2) are being postponed to a later date (to be determined) to allow additional time to gather data for each study.
The public input meeting on the AMP feasibility study on Fort Lauderdale P&DC Outgoing mail processing operations moving to the Miami P&DC is still scheduled on Wednesday, October 19. Employees are welcome to attend this off-the-clock activity open to the public from 6:00 pm to 7:45 pm in the auditorium of the Fort Lauderdale Public Library, 100 S Andrews Avenue, downtown Fort Lauderdale.
Employee town hall meetings at impacted plant locations are scheduled next week as well.
By law, 70 percent of the net amount raised from the sale of the stamp goes to the National Institutes of Health and 30 percent goes to the medical research program at the Department of Defense.For each booklet of the stamp sold, $2.20 is donated to help find a cure for breast cancer. More than 1 billion breast cancer semi-postal stamps have been sold to date since is issuance, with $7.41 million raised for research.
Stamps that highlight sensitive social issues are often extremely difficult to design, especially stamps that focus on diseases. In late 1997, U.S. Postal Service art director Ethel Kessler, herself a breast cancer survivor, began experimenting with concepts involving photographs and the pink ribbon that symbolizes breast cancer awareness. But when the preliminary designs proved to be far too somber, she decided to explore fresh approaches by enlisting illustrator Whitney Sherman of Baltimore, Maryland.
Sherman developed numerous pencil sketches and color studies showing women in various poses, all of them intriguing; however, one design really stood out. It pictured a woman reaching above and behind her, as if preparing to conduct a breast self-examination. Mindful of mythology, Sherman remembered Diana, goddess of the hunt—a strong, independent, survival-minded figure—and the artwork developed into a depiction of the goddess reaching for an arrow. Kessler and Sherman finalized this heroic and hopeful image by removing a target from the figure’s right breast and encircling the area with a concise phrase. The text complemented the visuals and clearly encapsulated the message of the stamp: “Fund the fight. Find a cure.”
The envelope features a picture of the memorial complemented with the “Barbara Jordan” stamp. Jordan is the 34th honoree in the “Black Heritage Stamp” series.
Each commemorative envelope costs $5 (item number 9451). To order by mail, send a check or money order, payable to Postmaster, to: MLK Fulfillment, PO Box 92282, Washington, DC, 20090-2282.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
“As we focus on becoming more competitive in the mailing industry, we are working hard on improving customer service, decreasing wait time in line and creating easier, more convenient access to our products and services.” said Long. “I want to make sure that positive trend continues here in Miami.”
Long began his postal career as a letter carrier in 1983 in Dallas, Texas. He has held numerous positions within the Postal Service including Manager, Customer Service, Irving, Texas; Manager Customer Service Operations, Dallas, Texas; Officer In Charge Irving, Greenville, Arlington, Texas; Postmaster Paris, Plano, and Abilene, Texas; Manager Operations Program Support for the Fort Worth District and Manager, Post Office Operations for the Dallas District.
No stranger to South Florida, Long joined the South Florida district last year as the Postmaster in Fort Lauderdale.
As the Postmaster, Long also looks forward to his new role in the community as Postal Co-chair for the Miami-Dade County Postal Customer Council (PCC).
“The PCC is a valuable resource for local business mailers, large and small,” explained Long. “I urge businesses to join and learn how to improve mail effectiveness, raise profitability, and help grow their business.”
The Miami-Dade County PCC recently earned gold level status and national recognition, serving as an open channel for USPS-to-business communication, providing information and best practices for cost-effective and efficient mailing, education and training. Further information on the PCC may be found at http://www.miamipcc.com/.
The original deadline for the payment was September 30, the end of Fiscal Year 2011.
The extension prevented the Postal Service from defaulting on the payment in FY 2011. However, USPS leadership continues to support passage of comprehensive, long-term legislation to provide a more flexible business model for the Postal Service with the ability to respond to a changing marketplace and customers’ evolving mailing and shipping needs.
Stroman’s remarks highlighted a ceremony held this week at USPS headquarters kicking off National Energy Awareness Month.
During October, USPS officials will mark efforts to help save energy, cut costs and raise public awareness. These include the “Go Green” Forever stamps encouraging Americans to participate in low- and no-cost ways to go green.
-- Reducing facility energy use 30 percent by 2015.
-- Cutting vehicle petroleum use 20 percent by 2015.
-- Increasing vehicle alternative fuel use 10 percent annually by 2015.
-- Lowering greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by 2020.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Nearly 50,000 employees of Hispanic origin work for the Postal Service. “HispanicBusiness” magazine has ranked the Postal Service among its “Best Companies for Diversity,” based on efforts in recruitment and retention, governance, supplier development and philanthropy.
To honor the nation’s Hispanic heritage, USPS recently unveiled “Latin Music Legends” stamps featuring images of Carmen Miranda, Selena, Carlos Gardel, Tito Puente and Celia Cruz — five legendary entertainers representing samba, Tejano, tango, Latin jazz and salsa.
The District has scheduled a public input meeting to explain the proposed changes on Wednesday, October 19, from 6:00 pm to 7:45 pm, in the auditorium of the Fort Lauderdale Public Library, 100 S Andrews Avenue, downtown Fort Lauderdale. This will be an off-the-clock activity for employees.
At the public input meeting, District Manager Jeffrey Becker and the leadership team will explain AMP study results and the operational changes being considered. Comments from employees and the public will become part of the study process and will be considered before any decision is made. Any proposed changes must be approved by the Area Vice President.
The public, including our employees, also may submit comments on the AMP study up to 15 days after the public input meeting --- by Close of Business November 3, 2011. Please mail comments to:
Manager, Consumer and Industry Contact
South Florida District
2200 NW 72 Avenue, Room 225
Miami FL 33152-9631
Our employees will be kept informed of any future developments on this AMP proposal. Look for additional Newsbreaks and the district newsletter in coming weeks.
Saturday, October 1, 2011
-- It orders the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), within six months from the date of enactment, to recalculate the USPS’ past, present and future Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) pension obligation for those employees that served as both federal workers prior to 1971 and as postal employees post-1971, using an updated methodology. Any resulting surplus from the recalculation is then transferred to the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits fund (PSRHBF).
-- The bill calls for the immediate repayment of the USPS’s Federal Employees’ Retirement System (FERS) surplus of $6.9 billion, by applying $5.5 billion towards USPS FY 2011 Retiree Health Benefits Payment, $1.2 billion towards USPS upcoming Workers’ Compensation Payment and the remaining $200 million or so to be applied to the Postal Service’s existing debt.
The USPS appreciates the introduction of H.R. 1351 and its recognition of this long-standing inequity related to the calculation of USPS CSRS obligations.
However, the bill does not modify the statutory requirement for the USPS to pre-fund health benefits for future retirees; that issue still must be addressed by Congress.
Additional details on H.R. 1351:
The measure directs the OPM to change the methodology used to calculate the USPS’s past, present and future pension obligations for specific employees. These calculations would be made for employees who served as both federal employees under the Post Office Department (POD), prior to 1971 and as postal employees for the U.S. Postal Service, post-1971.
OPM must complete the new pension obligation calculations within six months from date of enactment of H.R. 1351. If a surplus is found to exist, the amount of the surplus would be transferred to the PSRHBF.
H.R. 1351 implements recommendations made by an independent actuary, hired by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) to review the division of the CSRS liability between the former Post Office Department and the USPS. The PRC report estimates that using the recommended methodology would yield a surplus of $40 to 50 billion. In January 2010, the USPS OIG issued a report on CSRS overfunding, estimating a $75 billion overpayment amount and recommending the methodology be changed.
The bill also addresses the overpayment by the USPS into the FERS; an amount estimated to be $6.9 billion. H.R. 1351 calls for the immediate repayment of this surplus, applying $5.5 billion of the amount to the FY 2011 RHB payment, due on September 30, 2011. An additional amount of $1.2 billion would be put towards the USPS Workers’ Compensation payment, due in October 2011, with the remaining $200 million to be applied to pay down the USPS’s existing debt.
Retiree Health Benefits (RHB) Changes Still Needed:
H.R. 1351, while it goes a long way toward assisting the USPS and solving pension system issues, does not address the statutorily mandated annual $5.5 billion prepayment to pre-fund health benefits for future retirees.
The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) requires the pre-funding of future USPS retiree health benefits on an extremely aggressive ten-year schedule. This pre-funding obligation is one borne by no other entity, public or private and is a payment we make annually, in addition to paying annual health benefit premiums of $2.2 billion for current retirees.
The cumulative effect of almost five years of making these payments has stretched USPS finances to the limit. By statute, the USPS is limited to an annual net increase in debt of $3 billion, for a total outstanding debt of $15 billion. At the close of the current fiscal year, the USPS will be faced with two substantial cash payments; $5.5 billion for RHB, due on September 30, and another approximately $1.2 billion for the annual payment on workers’ compensation liability, due in October 2011.
An examination of our current cash balance and the remaining borrowing capacity we have, coupled with projected revenue for FY 2011, shows that the Postal Service will have insufficient cash available to fund these financial obligations, falling short by $2 to $3 billion. The consequences of a failure to make these payments are not known.
Legislative action is still needed to address the onerous burden for pre-funding RHB.
We appreciate the interest of Congress and look forward to finding solutions to address these issues, even as the USPS continues to create and execute strategies to increase efficiencies, manage costs, generate revenue, and ensure the viability and future of our nation’s mail system.
This means we are not, for now, defaulting on the RHB prepayment. As you know, a default on this payment would have had no effect on our operations. But to be clear, there continues to be an urgent need to enact comprehensive, long-term legislation to provide the Postal Service with a more flexible business model to respond to a changing marketplace and meet our customers' evolving mailing and shipping needs.
Jim Walker has been a key member of the Hollywood management team and the South Florida District for the past two years. As an A/Supervisor at the Hollywood Main Office, Jim is very efficient when slotted in the AM, Middle, and PM supervisory duties. He has positively impacted the Hollywood Main employees' morale with his attitude and controlled approach to supervision.Recently, Jim has led the charge to save work hours to SPLY in FF2 by -8.1% in August 2011. Also for the Hollywood Main Office, the last two RCE shops have been 100% while CSSOM efficiency for the year leads the City of Hollywood at 101% YTD, and for August F4 overtime was 1.9%. Jim is always willing to assist and go the extra mile for his employees and co-workers, and this is evident in his superior performance. He is truly deserving of this recognition.(L to R): Hollywood Postmaster Scott Bower, A/Supervisor Patricia Creel, and District Manager Jeffrey Becker.
Sheila Davis has been a key member of the Hollywood management team and the South Florida District for the past five years. As the opening Supervisor at the Miramar Branch, Sheila is very efficient at her supervisory duties. She has positively impacted the Miramar Branch employees' morale with her attitude and controlled approach to supervision. Miramar is one of the most challenging offices in the South Florida District, and Sheila is up the the challenge every day. Recently, Sheila has led the charge to save work hours to SPLY in F2 by -9.7%. Also, in F4 overtime to SPLY, Miramar leads the way in savings for the City of Hollywood at -71.5% MTD. Currently, F4 overtime is at 3.86%. Sheila is always willing to assist and go the extra mile for her employees and co-workers. This is evident in her superior performance. It is a pleasure to recognize Sheila for her outstanding contributions to our organization.(L to R): Hollywood Postmaster Scott Bower, Manager, Customer Service Shequeta Blake, and District Manager Jeffrey Becker.
Shequeta Blake has been a key member of the Hollywood management team and the South Florida District for he past three years. As the A/Manager at the Chapel Lakes Branch, Shequeta is very efficient at her managerial duties. She has positively impacted the Chapel Lakes Branch employees' morale with her attitude and controlled approach to management. The Chapel Lakes Branch leads the Ciy of Hollywood with no RCE WTIL failures to far YTD. Shequeta has been the constant all year at Chapel Lakes and has led the charge to save work hours to SPLY in F2 by -6.1% YTD and -17.6% to SPLY in F4. Shequeta is always willing to assist and go the extra mile for her employees and co-workers, and this is evident in her superior performance. She is truly deserving of recognition.
Multilingual translation is one of several new enhancements that have been added to the Postal Service’s revamped website.
This year’s theme is “Hope is the Greatest Gift of All.”
This year marks the 50th anniversary of CFC. The commitment and generosity of federal employees has made CFC one of the most successful altruistic programs in history. Since its inception in 1961, the campaign has raised more than $7 billion.