Keep it clean

Smiling custodian holds mop and bucket in Post Office lobby

Keeping USPS facilities clean can be tough, but for many custodians, it’s a job they take great pride in.

“I keep the customer area clean and walkways and sidewalks shoveled and salted so customers can make their way safely to mail packages,” said Chris Boerman, who maintains the Newark, NY, Post Office. “I assist the clerks and carriers by keeping the employee areas neat, clean and organized, no matter how much chaos they are working through.”

The efforts of custodians do not go unnoticed. Surveys show that a clean workplace has a positive effect on employee health, safety, productivity and job satisfaction.

Postmaster Wendy Hodak appreciates the efforts of the Johnston, PA, Post Office custodians, including Bobby Rodkey, Barry Reynolds and Paul Lint.

“Our workroom floor actually shines and our lobby is kept clean to perfection,” she said.

The work gives many custodians a sense of ownership.

“I want my building to be attractive,” said Valerie Balbo from the Grand Island, NY, Post Office. “The customers really seem to like it and I can’t wait until this spring. I am looking forward to putting plants and flowers around the building.”

Many visitors to the office have commented on how attractive the building and grounds look since Balbo joined the team, according to Acting Customer Services Supervisor Allen Losson.

“Val does a great job,” he said. “She has good ideas and follows through with them.”

On duty

Postal Inspection Service

Are you interested in securing USPS facilities and protecting employees and other people on postal property?

The Postal Inspection Service will accept applications for Postal Police officers from Friday, Feb. 8, through Thursday, Feb. 14.

Only USPS career employees can apply to this announcement.

Postal Police officers patrol USPS premises to prevent loss or damage to mail and postal assets.

Officers also respond to emergencies and other incidents to protect employees and other people on postal property.

Current career employees can apply through eCareer on Applicants must have their employee identification number and self-service password.

To search for the vacancy announcement, enter the keyword “Postal Police.”

The Inspection Service will announce dates to accept external applicants soon.

In remembrance

Flag at half-staff

All Postal Service facilities should fly the U.S. flag at half-staff to honor John D. Dingell Jr., a former U.S. representative from Michigan who died Feb. 7.

Flags should be flown at half-staff until sunset Feb. 9.

To fly the flag at half-staff, hoist the flag to the peak for an instant and then lower it to the half-staff position. The flag should be raised to the peak again before it’s lowered for the day.

For additional information, refer to the Postal Service’s guidelines on U.S. flag display and maintenance.

Happy new year

A new Postal Service video features highlights from the recent Celebrating Lunar New Year stamp dedication ceremony.

The stamp honors the Year of the Boar, which began Feb. 5.

“As you add this beautiful stamp to your collection or use it to mail your letters and packages, it is our sincere wish that the Year of the Boar brings you good health, much joy and great prosperity,” Finance and Planning Vice President Luke Grossmann says during the ceremony, which was held in Houston.

The 1-minute video also features comments from Houston Arts Alliance Board Chair Leigh Smith and Y. Ping Sun, a Rice University representative.

Information, please

Informed Delivery app

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. True or false: Employees who violate the federal conflicts of interest law may face criminal prosecution as well as disciplinary action by the Postal Service.

a) True
b) False

2. How many people subscribe to Informed Delivery?

a) 15 million
b) 20 million
c) 25 million
d) 35 million

3. Fill in the blanks: Marvin Gaye, the new Music Icons stamp, will be released (blank), while the Post Office Murals stamps will be released (blank).

a) March 22, April 2
b) April 2, April 10
c) April 10, April 23
d) April 23, May 10

4. Where does Letter Carrier Ronald Murphy Jr., the “Good Guy Mailman,” work?

a) Danbury, CT
b) Lake City, IA
c) Jeff, KY
d) Tacoma, WA

5. Match the employee in Column A with the Link feature that showcased him or her in Column B.

Column A

a) Rio Grande District Mailing Standards Specialist Paul Baker
b) South Jersey District Sr. Field Sales Representative Frances Laskowski
c) San Diego District Consumer Affairs Associate Christina Balignasa McLeod
d) Sierra Coast District Marketing Manager Ramela Younekian

Column B

I) “Best Practices”
II) “Heroes’ Corner”
III) “News Briefs”
IV) “On the Job”

Answers: 1) a. 2) a. 3) b. 4) d. 5) a. IV., b. II., c. I., d. III.

Look for a new quiz next week and share your feedback with Link at