Honoring Hesburgh

Hesburgh

The Postal Service dedicated its Father Theodore Hesburgh stamp Sept. 1 at the University of Notre Dame, where he was the school’s longest-serving president.

“This stamp is a lasting testament to his pioneering contributions as a champion of social justice, an advocate for international aid and an emissary for peace,” said PMG Megan J. Brennan, who dedicated the stamp.

The ceremony was held on Notre Dame’s Indiana campus. Other speakers included Condoleezza Rice, formerly secretary of state and a 1975 Notre Dame graduate, and Rev. John I. Jenkins, Notre Dame’s president.

Hesburgh (1917-2015) is considered one of the nation’s most important educational, religious and civic leaders of the 20th century.

He became the University of Notre Dame’s 15th president in 1952, a position he held for 35 years.

A champion of multiple causes, Hesburgh also served on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and was involved with several other organizations.

In 2000, he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, one of many honors received during his lifetime.

The stamp art is based on an oil painting of Hesburgh standing on the university’s campus.

The stamp is available at Post Offices and usps.com. The Postal Service’s news release has more information.

Bright lights

Intern

This was no ordinary summer for the 79 college students who interned with the Postal Service.

The interns were assigned to sites across the nation, where they worked on a variety of operational projects.

For example, a group of Pacific Area interns worked on Delivery By Light, a program to reduce carriers’ loading and delivery times.

The team installed LED light strips in a delivery vehicle and modified its existing lighting, dramatically slashing time spent searching for parcels. In one trial, loading time was cut in half, while delivery time was reduced by about 11 percent.

“I gained a real understanding of how mail processing works, from both the plant and delivery perspectives,” said Sierra Raney, one of the interns who worked on the project. “My team took an out-of-the-box idea and created something that has the potential to change delivery forever.”

In Great Lakes Area, LeeAnn Lugo created an Excel program that links Post Offices to their Google reviews and developed surveys to help districts share customer wait time data with others.

Meanwhile, at USPS headquarters in Washington, DC, Jared Leone helped devise strategies to improve safety programs by analyzing industrial accident rates and their relationship to employee engagement.

“The tasks were a little daunting at first,” Leone said. “But the coaches were always there to give me the guidance I needed.”

Another headquarters intern, Erica Davidson, developed an interactive game to improve carrier training and reduce vehicle loading times.

“Our summer interns made great contributions to our organization,” said Learning and Development Director Susan McKeen. “The projected cost savings, improved efficiency and other results of their work look promising.”

The 10-week summer intern program is open to college juniors and seniors. Employees seeking more information should email inquiries to universityrelations@usps.gov.

What do you think?

Employee taking survey

Employees have two weeks to complete the latest Postal Pulse, the survey that USPS uses to help improve its workplaces.

The survey has 13 questions and takes about 5 minutes to complete. The deadline is Friday, Sept. 15.

“By providing candid, honest feedback through the survey, you help Postal Service leaders identify where particular elements of engagement are strengths and opportunities. That information leads to continuous workplace environment improvements,” said Employee Engagement Executive Director Kelvin Williams.

Bargaining employees received the survey at their home and workplaces, while non-bargaining employees received an email that allows them to complete the survey on a secure site run by Gallup, the organization that conducts the Postal Pulse.

Additionally, all employees can take the survey on LiteBlue.

Although USPS is providing employees multiple options to complete the survey, only the first survey received by Gallup for each employee will be counted. Gallup doesn’t share individual employees’ responses with the Postal Service.

The Employee Engagement LiteBlue site has more information.

Need to know

USPS letter carrier

Casting call. The Postal Service is inviting employees to audition for this year’s holiday TV advertising campaign.

The audition is open to all employees. No prior acting experience is required.

To audition, follow these steps:

• Create an audition video. In the video, state your name, location, position and how long you’ve worked for USPS. Talk about why you love your job and share your favorite holiday-specific Postal Service memory.

• Upload the video. Use the USPS Holiday 2017 Employee Casting site to upload your video. You’ll be asked to complete an online form and hit “Submit.” Video uploads are limited to 30 megabytes.

Submissions are due Friday, Sept. 15, at 5 p.m. EDT.

The commercial will be filmed in October and begin airing during the holidays. All applicants must receive approval from their managers before selection and production begins.

New resources. The CyberSafe at USPS Blue site has new features to keep users informed about evolving cybersecurity threats and how to protect themselves.

The additions include:

• News and information. This includes access to all CyberSafe at USPS Link and Postal Bulletin articles published in recent months.

• External resources. Links to non-postal articles and sites with news, tips and best practices that address topics such as phishing, malware and mobile safety are included.

You can find additional information on cybersecurity best practices on the CyberSafe at USPS Lite Blue site and USPSCyberSafe.com.

If you suspect your USPS equipment has been compromised by a cyberthreat, don’t try to fix the situation yourself. Instead, report it immediately to the CyberSecurity Operations Center by emailing cybersafe@usps.gov.

Got news for “Need to know”? Email your submissions to uspslink@usps.gov.

Check yourself

Mother and daughter

Back-to-school time is a good opportunity to start preparing for another rite of fall: open season.

This is the annual period when USPS employees can change their health coverage or sign up for a new plan. This year’s open season will begin Nov. 13.

However, the Postal Service is encouraging employees to review their coverage now to see if their current Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) plan is meeting their family’s needs.

This is particularly important during back-to-school time. Remember: You can use your FEHB plan to cover your family’s immunizations, annual physicals and other health care needs throughout the 2017-2018 school year.

Consumers’ Checkbook, a service introduced last year, can help you compare the various plans available through FEHB. Doing research now can save you time during open season.

Postal Service employees saved more than $30 million last year by assessing their health plans.

The Open Season LiteBlue page has more information, including a link to Checkbook’s Guide to Health Plans.