PMG update

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The Postal Service Board of Governors is in the process of conducting a thorough, nationwide search for a successor to Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan, who recently announced her intent to retire on Jan. 31.

To facilitate the search and transition process, the governors announced Jan. 6 that the Postmaster General has agreed to delay her retirement date.

“We are grateful to the Postmaster General for her continued commitment to the Postal Service, and share her confidence in the Postal Service’s strong leadership team members who will ensure that we continue to deliver for the American people,” said Board of Governors Chairman Robert M. “Mike” Duncan.

Destroy, don’t donate

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The Postal Service is reminding employees that collection boxes should not be donated to outside organizations.

Nonprofit groups and other outside organizations often request the donation of old collection boxes for use in a variety of ways, such as the collection of gifts during the holidays, or as a receptacle for the gathering of worn or torn American flags. The boxes are often repainted and relabeled with the name or logo of the organization that is facilitating the collection.

This is a violation of USPS policy.

Handbook AS-701, Asset Management, explains that donations of collection boxes are prohibited, including donations to federal or state agencies, academic institutions and nonprofit organizations.

Under postal policy, old collection boxes that cannot be refurbished must be destroyed, not donated.

Employees must seek permission from Asset Management before destroying a serviceable collection box. If a collection box is unserviceable, employees should dispose of the box using PS Form 969, Material Recycling and Disposal.

If the request is approved, the box must be eliminated through scrapping, followed by metal recycling.

This is the only authorized method for disposing of collection boxes.

Boxes that are identified as a candidate for refurbishment per Maintenance Management Order (MMO) Number MMO-020-17 must be returned following the MMO guidelines.

Because collection boxes are an important symbol of the Postal Service, honoring this policy will help the organization protect its brand. The policy also aims to reduce potential service problems for customers, who could inadvertently drop mail into a box that is no longer used for collection.

Employees who have questions or who want to request approval to destroy an old collection box should send an email to

Here we grow again

The Postal Service is rolling out its roster of Strategic Learning Initiatives for the new fiscal year.

The initiatives are training courses designed to provide employees with essential information, help them achieve the organization’s business objectives and comply with its legal obligations.

Employees can complete the courses through HERO, the Postal Service’s online learning portal.

The 10 initiatives are:

  • Dangerous Goods Acceptance Online
  • Dangerous Goods Non-Acceptance Online
  • Ensuring Continuous Compliance
  • Heat Stress Recognition and Prevention
  • No FEAR Act
  • Political Activity and the Hatch Act
  • Providing Communication Accommodations
  • Providing Exceptional Customer Care
  • Reasonable Accommodations Human Resources Annual Program
  • Understanding the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994

USPS will provide employees with deadlines to complete the courses.

The Learning and Development Blue page has additional information.

News Briefs

Sustainability awards reminder

Sustainability excellence. The Postal Service is still seeking nominations for the 2019 Postmaster General Sustainability Excellence Awards.

The annual awards recognize areas, districts, facilities, teams and individuals who help foster sustainable workplaces.

A recent call to action asks nominators to share stories from fiscal year 2019 (Oct. 1, 2018-Sept. 30, 2019) that “demonstrate innovation, leadership and measurable impact on sustainability and environmental goals.”

The deadline to submit nominations is Monday, Feb. 3.

The Sustainability Blue page has the call for nominations, as well as a list of recipients from previous years.

Wanted: EMVPs. USPS is seeking nominations for Engagement Most Valuable Player, a program that recognizes bargaining unit employees who have positive attitudes and who go the extra mile in their work.

Only bargaining unit employees can nominate other bargaining unit employees for the program. Nominations opened last fall and will be accepted through Sunday, Jan. 12.

More than 2,000 nominations have been received so far.

The Employee Engagement LiteBlue page has more information, including a link to the nomination form.

Time’s running out. The current Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is scheduled to end Jan. 12.

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

The Postal Service’s contribution goal is $8.3 million. During the previous CFC cycle, postal employees surpassed the organization’s goal by 20 percent.

You can submit a paper pledge form to a CFC volunteer or use the CFC online giving portal to pledge your money or volunteer hours to support the causes that matter to you.

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