‘Fed for a Day’

Trent Powers and Postal Inspector

A New Jersey postal inspector recently helped a sick child realize his dream of becoming a police officer, if only for a day.

Trent Powers, a 3-year-old Spotswood, NJ, boy, has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a fatal illness.

After James Buthorn, the inspector-in-charge of the Postal Inspection Service’s Newark Division, heard about Trent, he tapped into his law enforcement network to organize a “Fed for a Day” program to honor him.

“We were looking to raise awareness, raise spirits and support the family,” Buthorn said.

Trent began his “work day” by arriving at the Newark federal courthouse in a Secret Service limo escorted by volunteers from the Inspection Service and other federal agencies.

After a presentation of colors by Customs and Border Patrol and a helicopter flyover by the New Jersey state police aviation unit, Trent was deputized as a federal agent by the U.S. Marshals Service.

A highlight of Trent’s day involved the mail.

A postal inspector, along with federal K9 units, helped Trent pursue a mail theft lead, which led to a mock arrest and seizure of a “stolen” package — which contained gifts for the little investigator.

The Federal Law Enforcement Foundation was also on hand to present the Powers family with a $1,000 donation for their nonprofit organization, PowersPromise.

Buthorn is happy his federal colleagues could help.

“If we can stand side by side every day to fight crime, then we can come together to support a young kid who needs assistance,” he said.

High marks

United hands

For the sixth year in a row, the Postal Service has been recognized as the top government agency for promoting diversity and inclusiveness in business opportunities in the United States.

“We are honored that the Postal Service has again been selected as the country’s top government agency for multicultural business opportunities,” said Supply Management VP Susan Brownell.

USPS has ranked among the top 25 government agencies for 16 consecutive years.

Omnikal, a business organization, presented the award May 18 at its 17th Annual National Business Summit in New York City.

More than 2 million Omnikal members voted in a poll, and USPS ranked first for engaging in supplier diversity by providing opportunities to diverse enterprise owners.

“As an essential part of our procurement strategy, supplier diversity continues to strengthen the Postal Service’s competiveness in the marketplace,” Brownell said. “We remain committed to maintaining a strong, competitive, and diverse supplier base.”

The Postal Service regularly hosts workshops, facilitates one-on-one business meetings and posts materials online to guide a diverse cross-section of suppliers.

The May 18 news release has additional information.

News quiz

Letter Carrier John Miesch collects donations

Here’s Link’s latest “News quiz,” a weekly feature that invites readers to test their knowledge of recent stories. The correct answers appear at the end.

1. Which May holiday does NOT require USPS facilities to fly flags at half-staff or fly the POW-MIA flag?

a) Amnesty International Day
b) Armed Forces Day
c) Peace Officers Memorial Day
d) Memorial Day

2. Fill in the blank: Under the (blank), the public can request documents, emails and other government records from federal agencies.

a) Freedom of Information Act
b) Hatch Act
c) Postal Reform Bill
d) Privacy Act of 1974

3. WannaCry is what type of cyberattack?

a) Denial-of-service attack
b) Password attack
c) Phishing
d) Ransomware

4. How many pounds of food have been collected through Stamp Out Hunger since 1993?

a) 1 billion
b) More than 1 billion
c) 1 million
d) More than 1 million

5. Which area led this week’s national scanning rating with 98.17 percent?

a) Eastern
b) Great Lakes
c) Pacific
d) Western

Answers: 1) a. 2) a. 3) d. 4) b. 5) d.

Look for a new quiz next week and share your feedback with Link at uspslink@usps.gov.