Path forward

In her latest “Business Focus” video, Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan updates employees on efforts to compete in the package industry, including expanding Sunday and next-day delivery.

“Online shopping will continue to increase and customer expectations will continue to evolve, and we are offering expanded shipping solutions to meet the changing needs of our business and residential customers,” she says.

Brennan also talks about efforts to put USPS on a sustainable path forward through responsible legislative and regulatory reform, including a better pricing system and changes to the Postal Service business model that will allow the organization to grow revenue and cut costs.

She also updates employees on efforts by the Board of Governors and Postal Service leadership to develop a business plan that preserves the organization’s ability to provide prompt, reliable and efficient universal delivery service.

“What we are developing will outline the impacts of financial trends in the coming years, as well as the options available to management and policymakers to return us to financial health,” she says.

Additionally, Brennan discusses her recent announcement that she will retire after 33 years with USPS in January 2020.

“You have my commitment that during the remaining months of my tenure, I will remain focused on those strategies that we can effect to better serve our customers and to make the Postal Service financially stable,” she says.

Other topics addressed during the video include efforts to prevent employees’ slips, trips and falls during the winter months; the recent successful efforts to negotiate fair rates for the international shipping of mail and packages; and recent stamp releases.

Badges of honor

To mark Veterans Day this year, the Postal Service will honor employees who served in the armed forces with a special badge and badge clip.

Approximately 100,000 military veterans are employed by USPS.

The badges are designed to be worn with the employee’s identification card and contain a message from Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan. The retractable badge clip features the words “USPS Veteran” and “Proudly Serving America.”

Distribution of these items is underway, and military veteran employees will be recognized at local events.

Employees who have questions can contact their district’s veterans coordinator. A list is available on Blue.

Relocation reminder

Family unloads home items from moving van.

Postal Service employees seeking reimbursement for relocation expenses this year should submit their requests before Friday, Nov. 22.

This will allow USPS to adequately capture and report all relocation expenses for 2019 tax purposes.

Any relocation expense reports received after Nov. 22 will be processed for payment Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020.

Employees who have questions can refer them to their relocation counselor or send an email to the USPS relocation team.

The Relocation Blue page also has information.

News Briefs

Flag notice

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Flag notice. Monday, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day, one of six days each year that Postal Service facilities are required to fly the POW-MIA flag.

Because Veterans Day is a designated USPS holiday, facilities should raise the POW-MIA flag on the last business day before the holiday.

The flag honors the sacrifices made by members of the armed forces held as prisoners of war or listed as missing in action.

The POW-MIA flag must fly below the U.S. flag.

For more information, refer to the Postal Service’s Administrative Support Manual, which explains the organizations guidelines on U.S. flag display and maintenance, as well as the requirements for displaying the POW-MIA flag.

Link mobile reminder. USPS 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 news reports, feature stories and informational videos — 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.

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