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Here comes Santa

Benefits chat, newsletter also highlighted

Marco Salazar collects letters for Operation Santa at an event last year in Covina, CA, where the letter carrier was a special guest “elf.”

Open for business. USPS Operation Santa kicked off Nov. 18 and runs through Dec. 20.

The annual program allows employees and customers to aid families in need by “adopting” their letters to Santa Claus and granting their holiday wishes.

A legacy program available only in New York City and Chicago allows individuals to adopt letters in person, while a digital program, available on, allows individuals nationwide to read and adopt letters.

There is also an internal program for USPS employees who wish to adopt letters.

Let’s chat. Postal Service employees can participate in a live chat with health insurance experts Friday, Nov. 22, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. EST.

The chat is part of an online virtual benefits fair that is running during this year’s open season benefits enrollment period.

A chat will also be offered Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. EST.

The fair offers information about the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHB), Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) and Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP), as well as flexible spending accounts (FSAs).

Long Term Care Partners, the company that manages the FLTCIP, is organizing the fair.

Participation is voluntary and off-the-clock. Employees can register at the FLTCIP site.

The Open Season LiteBlue page has additional information about this year’s enrollment period.

Capital watch. USPS recently mailed Capital Metro Area Update’s latest issue to employees in the area.

The newsletter, which is also available on Blue and LiteBlue, features articles on workplace security, heroic employees, job training and other topics.

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