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The clock is ticking

The final day for most Americans to file their 2023 taxes without penalty is Monday, April 15. There used to be long lines at Post Offices as last-minute filers rushed to beat the postmark deadline, and many locations stayed open late to accommodate them. But today, most returns are filed online. About 6 percent of […]

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Here’s what Link covered April 7-13

Two new stamps dominated Link’s coverage last week. The Postal Service announced plans to release a stamp this year honoring baseball great Hank Aaron, who rose from humble beginnings to rewrite the record books while prevailing in the face of racism. The stamp was announced April 8, the 50th anniversary of the game where Aaron […]

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Look for the helpers

Do you know colleagues like Bryan Cocadiz, a Monterey Park, CA, letter carrier who alerted a sleeping customer to a fire inside the man’s home? We want to know about them, too. USPS is seeking nominees for the Postmaster General Heroes’ Program, which honors employees who go above and beyond the call of duty. The […]

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Celebrate Diversity Month is underway

April is Celebrate Diversity Month, a time to raise awareness and foster an appreciation of everyone’s uniqueness, as well as similarities we share. As noted in the Delivering for America plan, diversity is a long-standing value and tradition of the Postal Service. The organization began observing Celebrate Diversity Month in 2004. Diversity and inclusion are […]

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Marketing exec appointed to Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has appointed marketing executive Trish Jackson to the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee. The committee, also known as CSAC, recommends future stamp subjects. Jackson is a marketing campaign analyst for Cigna-Scripts Express. She grew up in Williamsburg, VA, and is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Jackson lives in […]

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The art of the game

My name is Dallas Crawley and I’m an acting engineering systems maintenance supervisor in Merrifield, VA. I played basketball in college and was pretty good. I even played professionally. People often interrupt me at this point in the story, but I didn’t play in the NBA and I don’t know LeBron James. I played two […]

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Zoom adds feature for presentations, receipts for messages

Zoom, the video conferencing platform used by the Postal Service, has added two features. Presenters can now combine their video and shared screen to show both in one frame. Messages sent through Zoom Team Chat now display a “read” receipt when sent one on one or to a small group. The USPS ServiceNow website has […]

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A first lady of ‘extraordinary courage’

Betty Ford’s courage and candor were praised during the Postal Service’s April 5 dedication ceremony for the stamp honoring the former first lady. “She single-handedly redefined the role of the modern first lady, using her platform to speak about issues she cared about,” said Amber McReynolds, vice chair of the USPS Board Governors, who spoke […]

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Here’s what Link covered March 31-April 6

Last week, Link told you about the opening of the Postal Inspection Service’s hiring portal, where applicants can submit their resumes from April 1-11. In the spirit of April Fool’s Day, we also reminded you about some of the comedians who have been honored with stamps through the years. Later in the week, we shared […]

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Holding out for heroes

Do you know employees like Jamie Kelch, a Rockford, MI, rural carrier associate who called 911 after witnessing a customer experience a cardiac episode? We want to know about them, too. USPS is seeking nominees for the Postmaster General Heroes’ Program, which honors employees who go above and beyond the call of duty. The program […]

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The turtle — slow, steady and adorable — wins the race

The Postal Service has a winner in its online Stamp Showdown. Last month, the organization’s social media team came up with a bit of digital fun modeled on the bracket system popularized by March Madness, the annual NCAA basketball tournament. The USPS Stamp Showdown invited users of Instagram, Twitter and Threads to vote for their […]

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A sporting chance

My name is Frank Anzaldi and I’m the postmaster in Smithtown, NY, which is on Long Island. I am a third-generation postal employee. My grandfather retired as a supervisor at FDR Station in Manhattan in the early 1980s. My father is a retired letter carrier from Mineola, NY. I started in 1997 as a letter […]

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‘Optimize Your Work Environment’

Postal Service employees may participate in an upcoming webinar on improving one’s work environment using the principles of ergonomics and time management. The session, “Optimize Your Work Environment: Ergonomics and Time Management,” will be held Thursday, April 11, from noon to 1 p.m. Eastern. Representatives from Kaiser Permanente, a provider of health plans for federal […]

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The joke’s on us

April Fool’s Day is a good time to revisit the funnymen and -women who have enlivened postage stamps over the years. In 1991, USPS released Comedians, a set of five 29-cent stamps featuring some all-time greats rendered in caricatures by Al Hirschfeld — himself no slouch in the humor department. The set spotlighted Stan Laurel […]

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Here’s what Link covered March 24-30

Last week, Link reported USPS employees pledged $2.8 million during the Combined Federal Campaign that ended Jan. 15. Including the monetary value of more than 2,100 volunteer hours pledged, the total USPS contribution was $2.85 million. “Every year, Postal Service employees come through for the Combined Federal Campaign — and the 2023-24 campaign was no […]

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Catch of the day

Retail Associate Juan Carlos Aviles was recently working at the Escalon, CA, Post Office when he saw a customer clutch the counter suddenly. The 86-year-old man attempted to steady himself but started to fall backward. The Postal Service employee rushed from behind the counter and caught him as he lost balance. Co-workers called 911 as […]

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Cultivating safe workplaces

The Postal Service is reminding employees that it has a zero-tolerance policy regarding workplace threats and violence. The organization is committed to cultivating a positive and safe work environment that’s free of threats, intimidation, bullying and violence for all employees. To help fulfill this commitment, a threat assessment team is available to respond to threats, […]

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Attic artist

My name is Don Doheny and I’m a distribution operations manager at the Eastern Shore Processing and Distribution Center in Easton, MD. I started my career with USPS in 1996. I worked as a supervisor in Post Offices throughout Pennsylvania, Maine and Delaware while balancing a yearning to be an artist. I began by taking […]

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‘USPS: Medicare + FEHB’

Postal Service employees may participate in an upcoming webinar that will examine how Medicare works with the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program. The session, “USPS: Medicare + FEHB,” will be held Thursday, April 4, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Eastern. Representatives from GEHA, a provider of health plans for federal employees, will lead the […]

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WestPac Area, Washington District lead in scanning

A snapshot of Postal Service scanning data shows the national rating was 96.28 percent during the week ending March 22, down 0.27 percent from one week earlier. The data was collected March 27. WestPac led the four areas with a rating of 97.14 percent, while Southern ranked last with a 95.30 percent rating. Among the […]

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Podcast shines a spotlight on Inspection Service

Carroll Harris, inspector in charge of the Postal Inspection Service’s Los Angeles Division, recently appeared on “The Protectors” podcast. He discussed the agency’s efforts to protect consumers from fraud, with a particular focus on military veterans. “The Protectors” is produced by the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators (IAFCI). The episode featuring Harris, “Undercover Protectors: […]

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The farmer and the swell

Rural Carrier Deborah Cummins was delivering mail in a remote area of Fort Dodge, IA, when she encountered a farmer who needed medical help. The man, who had injured his hand, was bleeding profusely. Cummins called 911 and rendered first aid to stop the bleeding and reduce swelling. She stayed until paramedics arrived to take […]

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USPS has a new organization

The Postal Service has a new organization to support USPS network transformation initiatives. Under the Delivering for America plan, the Postal Service is building a network that consists of regional processing and distribution centers, local processing centers, sorting and delivery centers, and integrated logistics infrastructure. The new organization, called Infrastructure and Operations Support, is led […]

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Staying CyberSafe at USPS

In its latest episode, the “Mailin’ It!” podcast features Heather Dyer, the Postal Service’s chief information security officer. She discusses the importance of cybersecurity, as well as her career with the organization. The 27-minute episode is available on Link and other postal websites, as well as most podcast platforms. […]

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