‘Driver of change’

Chief Human Resources Officer Jeffrey Williamson

Chief Human Resources Officer Jeffrey Williamson will leave the Postal Service this week to return to the private sector.

Williamson has served in his current role since 2013, overseeing all aspects of human resources for USPS and its 640,000 employees. Under his leadership, the organization expanded workforce training, negotiated new labor agreements, renewed its focus on safety and introduced initiatives like HERO, an online learning portal.

In a memo last week announcing Williamson’s departure, Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan praised his contributions.

“Jeff has been an outstanding leader and driver of change throughout the organization, and his commitment to his colleagues and the men and women of the Postal Service will be missed,” Brennan wrote. She added that his “leadership and influence has gone beyond his role mandate. He has helped position the Postal Service and our employees for long-term success.”

Williamson began his postal career 14 years ago. He served in several operations positions and as pricing vice president before becoming chief human resources officer.

Before joining USPS, Williamson was a management consultant with IBM. He will take a position with a private sector firm after he leaves the Postal Service on Jan. 11.

First Love

The Hearts Blossom stamp

The Postal Service will release Hearts Blossom, this year’s first stamp, Thursday, Jan. 10.

The stamp is part of the Love series and features the word “Love” in cursive script below 12 colorful hearts. The color palette includes red, pink, purple and orange.

Antonio Alcalá, a USPS art director, designed the stamp, which will be dedicated at the Puerto Rico Museum of Contemporary Art in San Juan.

The Postal Service issued its first Love stamp in 1973. Although the stamps are released early in the year, they are not just for Valentine’s Day and can be used for many occasions.

The stamp will be available at Post Offices and usps.com.

Informed mail conditions

Postal workroom floor filled with mail containers

The Postal Service will soon begin using simplified categories and enhanced analysis capabilities to improve the mail inventory process.

Mail Condition Visualization (MCV), an Informed Visibility module, will provide users with near-real-time conditions of mail and packages in processing facilities.

Here’s a look at the categories that are part of MCV:

• On Hand: This shows where mail is currently in inventory and allows users to know where and when the inventory must go to meet service requirements.

• Late Arriving: This allows users to identify specific mailpieces that arrived after the “critical entry time,” which in turn allows for adjustments to be made to ensure service needs are met.

• Advanced: This provides insight into mailpieces that are being processed and delivered to customers earlier than the expected delivery date.

• Delayed Mail Flow: MCV identifies “at risk” mailpieces immediately, allowing for quick mail flow adjustments to get service standards back on track.

• Delayed Inventory Pieces: This allows an MCV user to identify mail that will potentially fail service, enabling users to plan accordingly to recover from the delay and meet service requirements.

• Delayed/Late Dispatch: This provides insight into which containers did not leave on service responsive transportation. MCV users can immediately identify what inventory did not meet its timely dispatch, allowing users to get this mail on the next available transportation.

MCV is part of the Postal Service’s broader efforts to innovate, a core strategy, and move toward more streamlined, efficient processes. The organization will continue to provide employees with information on MCV before it becomes the official system of record during the next few weeks.

News Briefs

Scanning snapshot

Scanning snapshot

Scanning snapshot. The Postal Service’s national scanning rating was 97.44 percent during the week ending Jan. 4, up from one week earlier.

Great Lakes (97.67 percent) led the areas, while Dakotas (98.76 percent) topped the districts.

Scanning allows customers to track their packages and mail, and it helps USPS improve efficiency and network management.

To see the latest results, go to the Informed Visibility site and select “Customer Experience,” followed by “DES 2 Scan Performance.”

In the know. The Postal Service wants managers, supervisors and others to tell craft employees about Link mobile, the Link site’s mobile-friendly version.

Link mobile offers the same content available on Link’s desktop version — including benefits information, news reports and feature stories — but in a format that’s easy to read on smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices.

The site is helpful to employees who don’t have regular access to postal computers but want to stay in the know.

Employees can access the site at www.usps.link, where they can also subscribe to weekly emails with the latest Link highlights.

CFC deadline. The current Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), the federal government’s annual workplace charity drive, ends Friday, Jan. 11. The CFC Blue and LiteBlue pages have guidelines on contributing.

Got news? Email your submissions to uspslink@usps.gov.