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USPS employees warned about flex account fraud

The Federal Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS) has temporarily disabled the enrollment function on its platform because of recent fraudulent activity. Current participants are still able to submit claims for reimbursement while the enrollment functionality is disabled, and qualifying life events can be retroactively adjusted once the enrollment functionality resumes. FSAFEDS identified a limited number […]

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The Privacy Act in practice

The Postal Service is reminding employees to follow the mandates of the Privacy Act. The 1974 federal law governs the collection, use and maintenance of the personal information that federal agencies gather and hold in their systems of records. Under the law, all USPS employees and contractors must protect such information from unauthorized disclosure and […]

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PSHB virtual seminar

USPS employees may participate in an upcoming virtual seminar on the new Postal Service Health Benefits (PSHB) Program. The session will be held Tuesday, July 30, from noon to 1 p.m. Eastern. PSHB — which takes effect in 2025 — is a new, separate program within the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and will be […]

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Postmark: The moon, or thereabouts

Did they space out? The Apollo 11 astronauts — Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins — brought a commemorative envelope on their pioneering lunar mission with the intent to postmark it on the surface of the moon July 20, 1969, the date of the landing. They also brought the steel master die — shaved […]

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First-class service, by George

Rural Carrier Associate Lucas Wight really got into the spirit of Independence Day. Wight arrived for a shadow day with Maple Falls, WA, Postmaster Michael Hinkle dressed as George Washington, complete with powdered wig. “He surprised us,” Hinkle said of the unexpected uniform. “None of us knew.” Luckily for Wight, the weather cooperated, topping out […]

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Price check

“News Quiz” is a weekly feature that lets you test your knowledge of recent Link stories. The correct answers appear at the end. 1. Fill in the blank: On July 14, USPS raised mailing services product prices approximately (blank). a) 7.8 percent b) 8.7 percent c) 25 percent d) 52 percent 2. How many regional […]

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Dual-use box discontinued

The Postal Service is discontinuing its dual-use Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express medium tube box. This will help the organization simplify its package offerings, a goal of the Delivering for America plan. Customers can order the box while supplies last […]

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Chief logistics officer retires

Kelly Abney, the Postal Service’s chief logistics officer, retired July 5.   Abney led the redesign of the organization’s transportation network, including its shift away from air transport. He also oversaw the deployment of a state-of-the-art logistics systems platform. His efforts led to “the reduction of over a billion dollars in costs from our transportation […]

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‘Zero Waste Eating’

Postal Service employees may participate in an upcoming webinar to learn ways to prevent food waste. The session, “Zero Waste Eating,” will be held Tuesday, July 23, at 1 p.m. Eastern. Representatives from GEHA, a provider of health plans for federal employees, will lead the discussion. Participants must register before the event on the webinar […]

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New postcard emphasizes importance of change

The latest Delivering for America postcard was recently mailed to employees’ homes. The card focuses on the importance of change throughout USPS, such as reducing the organization’s financial losses and making many other improvements that are putting it on a path to thrive. In addition to being sent to employees’ homes, Delivering for America postcards […]

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Game, set and match

With the 2024 Wimbledon Championships underway in the United Kingdom, here’s a look at stamps the Postal Service has released to honor American tennis stars: • Hazel Wightman (1990): Known as the “Queen Mother of American Tennis” and “Lady Tennis,” the Olympic gold medalist led women’s tennis in the early 20th century. She created the […]

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Road scholars

Two of the Postal Service’s Memphis, TN, tractor-trailer operators recently made a very special stop: career day at a local elementary school. Willie Relliford and Glenn Sisco answered questions and explained how the mail is moved to the students, who ranged in age from pre-K to eighth grade. The children even got to see a […]

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Just due it

“News Quiz” is a weekly feature that lets you test your knowledge of recent Link stories. The correct answers appear at the end. 1. When must Postal Service employees complete this year’s mandatory cybersecurity training course? a) Thursday, July 18 b) Friday, July 19 c) Thursday, July 25 d) Friday, July 26 2. When did […]

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Approval process for eBuyPlus is changing

The approval process for small-dollar purchases in eBuyPlus — the Postal Service’s requisition system — will change starting Friday, July 12. Orders totaling at least 1 cent up to $250 will only need a manager’s approval. The approval process for orders totaling more than $250 remains unchanged and will continue to require approval from a […]

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The Inspection Service is working to protect the vote

The Postal Inspection Service is the federal law enforcement agency assigned to protect the mail — including Election Mail and Ballot Mail. On its website, the agency outlines its efforts to protect the integrity of election-related mail as it moves through the postal network. These efforts include: • Designating inspectors in each USPS district to […]

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PSHB virtual seminar

USPS employees may participate in an upcoming virtual seminar on the new Postal Service Health Benefits (PSHB) Program. The session will be held Tuesday, July 16, from noon to 1 p.m. Eastern. PSHB — which takes effect in 2025 — is a new, separate program within the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and will be […]

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’Ing a bell?

“News Quiz” is a weekly feature that lets you test your knowledge of recent Link stories. The correct answers appear at the end. 1. Match the identity fraud scam in Column A with the method involved in Column B. Column A a) Phishing b) Quishing c) Smishing d) Vishing Column B I) Emails II) Phone […]

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NPF’s global reach

Representatives from other countries attended this year’s National Postal Forum, including Jamaica, Costa Rica, Ukraine and the Switzerland-based Universal Postal Union, or UPU. “We are so pleased that representatives from posts around the world found value in participating in our event,” said Judy de Torok, the USPS corporate affairs vice president. In addition to taking […]

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The ban on gifts isn’t ironclad

Federal regulations generally prohibit the Postal Service and its employees from accepting gifts of monetary value from anyone outside the organization. However, these regulations also give USPS the authority, on a case-by-case basis, to accept a gift that would normally be prohibited if doing so is deemed “necessary or convenient” to the organization’s business. This […]

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Exploring the horse-human bond

The Postal Service has released a video about its new Horses stamps. The Forever stamps, which were dedicated June 17 in St. Joseph, MO, recognize the vital and changing role horses play in the United States. The four-minute video features remarks from Sharon Owens, the USPS pricing and costing vice president, and Erin Superczynski, a […]

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Mail ahoy!

There is one, and only one, floating ZIP Code in the United States — 48222. It belongs to the J.W. Westcott, a 45-foot contract boat that has been delivering mail to ships along the Detroit River for 76 years. With the J.W. Westcott’s parent company celebrating 150 years in 2024, USPS recently marked the occasion […]

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Nights at the museum

“News Quiz” is a weekly feature that lets you test your knowledge of recent Link stories. The correct answers appear at the end. 1. The National Postal Museum in Washington, DC, is hosting a guest artist program with which stamp artist? a) Joe Ciardiello b) Katie Kirk c) Charly Palmer d) Kim Parker 2. True […]

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EAP orientation

The USPS Employee Assistance Program will hold its next online orientation on Friday, July 5, from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Eastern. The orientations, held on the first Friday of each month, offer information on how Postal Service employees and their families can use the program. Employees must register in advance on the EAP website. […]

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Postal Bulletin covers the Internet of Things

Postal Bulletin’s latest edition, published June 27, offers advice on how to keep internet-connected devices — known as the Internet of Things — secure. Updates to the organization’s policies, procedures and forms are also included. Employees can go to usps.com to read and download the latest Postal Bulletin, along with past issues. […]

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Central Area vice president to retire

Eric E. Henry, vice president of the Postal Service’s Central Area, will retire on Sunday, June 30. Henry began his career as a casual employee in 1989 and moved on to several executive roles, including district manager and area delivery program support manager. As vice president, he brought Central Area’s retail and delivery performance from […]

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PSHB virtual seminar

USPS employees may participate in an upcoming virtual seminar on the new Postal Service Health Benefits (PSHB) Program. The session will be held Tuesday, July 2, from noon to 1 p.m. Eastern. PSHB — which takes effect in 2025 — is a new, separate program within the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and will be […]

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Avila University offers discounts for USPS employees

Avila University is offering Postal Service employees and their family members a 10 percent discount on tuition. The discount is available for undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs. Avila University, based in Kansas City, MO, was recently added to the list of higher education institutions that offer tuition discounts to USPS employees and their family members. […]

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These animals of ‘grace and majesty’ helped build the nation

The Postal Service dedicated its Horses stamps during a June 17 ceremony in St. Joseph, MO. The event was held at the Patee House Museum and kicked off the National Pony Express Association’s 164th Pony Express Re-Ride — a 10-day annual event in which riders retrace the historic route from St. Joseph to Sacramento, CA. […]

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A healthy turnout

Everything’s bigger in Texas — even USPS employee wellness fairs. Sherry Wyatt, an occupational health nurse in Texas 2 District, recently helped organize the district’s annual spring wellness event with the theme “You Can’t Stop the Beat: Promoting Employee Heart Health Through Awareness and Education.” Eleven vendors — including the Memorial Hermann Health System and […]

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