Postal system review

Letter carrier's hands holding mail at home's doorstep

USPS has provided its view on the April 12 announcement that the Trump administration has established a task force to review the postal system.

In a statement, the organization notes Congress structured USPS to pay for its operations through the sale of products and services without receiving any tax revenues. Fundamental statutory reforms are needed to ensure USPS can continue to provide prompt, reliable and efficient universal postal services, according to the statement.

“As we have repeatedly stressed, these business model problems are serious but solvable, and the president’s executive order establishing the Task Force on the United States Postal System provides an opportunity to further consider these important public policy issues,” Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan said. “An open and transparent review process in which the perspectives of all stakeholders are fully represented to develop reform proposals could benefit American businesses and consumers.”

The Postal Service’s statement also calls for immediate legislative and regulatory reform while the task force’s recommendations are being developed and considered by the president and Congress.

Said Brennan: “We therefore continue to urge Congress to enact the pending postal reform legislation and the Postal Regulatory Commission to replace the current price cap on our mailing products. We will continue to aggressively manage our business, and to serve the American public.”

You can read the full statement on the USPS Newsroom site.

An app for that

Two employees using the Informed Delivery app

Postal Service leaders have a new tool to sign up Informed Delivery users.

Executives have been asked to complete an enrollment form and then download an Informed Delivery enrollment app. These executives can use the app to sign up both employees and residential customers from a USPS-provided mobile phone or tablet.

“It’s great. I love it,” said Great Lakes Area Marketing Manager Mike McInturf, one of the leaders who uses the app.

Informed Delivery allows consumers to digitally preview their incoming mail and manage their packages from computers, tablets and mobile devices. The free feature is a major component of the Postal Service’s strategy to add value to the mail.

The new app is part of the Sprint to 10 Million Challenge, an initiative to to reach 10 million users before this year’s National Postal Forum begins Sunday, May 6. Informed Delivery has about 9 million users so far.

The app uses a mobile device’s camera to automatically scan a potential enrollee’s driver license barcode to quickly get him or her onboard.

“It’s a lot easier than having to type it all,” said Great Lakes Area Operations Support Specialist Drew Mason, one of the employees that McInturf recently registered.

Employees can also sign up at informeddelivery.usps.com. Sign-up is voluntary.

Such a good feeling

The Postal Service shares highlights from the recent Mister Rogers stamp dedication ceremony in a new video.

“Fred Rogers had an uncommon sense of how young children absorb ideas about civility and morality,” Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan says. “The gentle voice, the slow pace, the sense of security gave us the unmistakable feeling that Mister Rogers was a friend.”

The 1-minute, 25-second video also features remarks from Paul Siefken, president and chief executive officer of the Fred Rogers Co. Siefken quotes from a book Rogers wrote about the mail he received from his young fans: “‘Dear Mister Rogers,’ to me, is a way people have of saying, ‘Yes, I will be your neighbor.’ Just as our television program is a television visit, the mail is a letter visit.”

The Mister Rogers stamp, dedicated last month in Pittsburgh, is available at Post Offices and usps.com.

Need to know

Woman holding tax forms

Tax Day tips. A special section on usps.com is devoted to helping customers meet this year’s tax filing deadline, which is Tuesday, April 17.

The section includes mailing tips, a list of products and services, links to pages with Post Office hours and cybersecurity guidelines, and more.

Tax Day is April 17 this year because April 15, the usual day, falls on Sunday, and the following day is Emancipation Day, a legal holiday in Washington, DC, the federal government seat.

Bottled water reminder. USPS facilities that purchase 5-gallon bottled water service from Nestle and DS Waters are being reminded that the current eBuy2 requisition is for six months (March 31-Sept. 30).

This means the eBuy2 requisitions should be processed and approved before Friday, April 20, to avoid a lapse in service.

Purchasers must place orders “on catalog” using the eBuy2 application. Sites not served by Nestle or DS Waters can purchase “off catalog.”

Nestle-marketed brands include Arrowhead, Calistoga, Deer Park, Ice Mountain, Ozarka, Poland Spring and Zephyrhills.

DS Waters sells its products under the following brand names: Alhambra, Belmont, Crystal Springs, Hinckley Springs, Kentwood Springs, Sierra Springs and Sparkletts.

For more bottled drinking water information, including step-by-step ordering instructions, refer to the following Material Logistics Bulletins:

For additional information, email Purchasing and Supply Management Specialist Sijo Sunny or call 214-819-7118.

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