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Lakeland District Financial Programs Compliance Manager Jane Wiese

My name is Jane Wiese and I’m the financial programs compliance manager for Lakeland District, part of Great Lakes Area. I help the district’s more than 15,000 employees get paid on time and properly.

I work at the district office in Milwaukee, where I manage statistical programs. This work is important because the information we receive from our data collection technicians helps develop postal prices, assist in the preparation of budgets, support transportation and operations regarding mail flow and transit time, and measure workload and productivity.

I’m also the go-to person for assistance with TACS, the Postal Service’s time and attendance collection system. Supervisors and managers call me with questions about payroll rules, how to make pay adjustments, and any other issues involving employee pay. I’ve saved a lot of Postmasters and supervisors from having to call the Accounting help desk.

I started working for the Postal Service in 1987 as a flat sorter operator. I went on to hold a variety of jobs, including working as a clerk in the district’s vehicle maintenance facility and a detail assignment with Information Technology. I also worked as a TACS specialist for four years, where I realized how much I had a passion for that type of work.

In 2012, after working as a financial testing compliance analyst, I applied for my current role and was happy I had a chance to return to working with time and attendance.

My husband, Tom, is an automotive mechanic at the vehicle maintenance facility. We enjoy bass fishing, camping and motorcycling when we’re not working. We also enjoy family activities with our three daughters and son, and our eight grandkids — seven girls and a boy.

USPS has offered me a good career with good benefits. I also like that there are so many areas you can pursue in the organization. It doesn’t matter where you start, you can learn and grow and move into other departments.

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