All hail the king

The Tyrannosaurus rex may have been extinct for 66 million years, but the king of the dinosaurs can now be found roaming freely at Post Offices.

“More than any other dinosaur, since its discovery more than a century ago, the T. rex has stirred the public imagination — and for good reason,” Isaac Cronkhite, the Postal Service’s chief human resources officer, said during the Aug. 29 dedication ceremony for the Tyrannosaurus Rex stamps.

“Its Latin meaning is ‘tyrant lizard king,’ and though it wasn’t really a lizard, the name does give you a sense of this remarkable and fearsome creature,” Cronkhite said.

With powerful jaws packed in its 4-foot-long skull and banana-sized teeth serrated like steak knives, the T. rex easily bit through the flesh and hefty bones of even large dinosaur prey. Its full-grown weight was 6-10 tons, and its maximum length was about 40 feet.

The ceremony was held at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, which is home toThe Nation’s T. rex,” the young adult dinosaur depicted on two of the four stamps.

Other speakers at the ceremony were Kirk Johnson, the museum’s director; Matthew Carrano, curator of the museum’s “Dinosauria” exhibit; and Julius T. Csotonyi, the stamp artist and a contributor to the exhibit. Shawn Yancy, a news anchor for the Fox station in Washington, was the emcee.

The 16-stamp pane features four designs of the dinosaur in growth stages from infancy to adulthood. Two of the stamps show movement when rotated.

The stamps are available at Post Offices and usps.com.

Giving season

With the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) set to begin Sept. 9, the Postal Service wants employees to understand the rules about fundraising in the workplace.

The CFC allows federal employees, retirees and contractors to contribute to more than 7,000 charitable organizations.

The campaign consolidates solicitations of postal employees into a single, officially supported effort. Contractors cannot be solicited, but they may give a one-time donation by check.

Here are some more rules about the CFC:

• Giving to the CFC must be truly voluntary. Postal employees can give or not give as they choose and are guaranteed confidentiality of their donation decisions.

• Permission from the USPS Ethics Office is required for all CFC events. Submit requests to ethics.help@usps.gov at least two weeks in advance.

• CFC events can only be to raise awareness of the campaign. No fundraising or soliciting is permitted at CFC events. Everyone must be welcome to attend.

• Gambling is prohibited. The CFC may include raffles if there is no cost to enter, all postal employees can participate, and the prizes are modest.

• Postal funds can be used to support CFC events. However, postal funding must be available and approved. Outside sources and businesses may not contribute in support of CFC events, and may not be solicited to do so.

• All charities must be treated equally during the CFC. While the CFC can be endorsed enthusiastically, individual charities may not. Employees must avoid giving preferential treatment to any particular organization.

Employees with questions about fundraising should email the Ethics Office for guidance.

Throughout 2019, the Postal Service is educating employees about the federal government’s principles and standards of ethical conduct.

Other topics recently covered include endorsements by Postal Service employees, seeking employment outside the organization, avoiding general financial conflicts of interest and community activities on postal property.

Still greeting

Are you into greeting cards?

If so, the Link team wants to hear from you.

We’re planning a story about greeting cards in the mail and would like to hear from Postal Service employees and customers who send and receive them.

Drop us a line at uspslink@usps.gov and tell us why you’re a fan of greeting cards. A member of the team will be in touch.