Unscheduled leave reminder

The Postal Service is reminding bargaining unit employees they can use the Enterprise Leave Request Application to request unscheduled leave.

The application, also known as eLRA, is accessible through LiteBlue using a computer, smartphone or other mobile device.

To request unscheduled leave, the employee should log into LiteBlue, select the eLRA icon in the Employee Apps — Quick Links section and follow the on-screen prompts.

The information will be securely transmitted to the employee’s manager, providing both the employee and the manager with a record of the request.

Employees will need their employee identification number and password to log into LiteBlue. If the employee doesn’t have this information, he or she can select the “Forgot your password?” link.

Non-bargaining unit employees have used eLRA for several years. Recent improvements to the system have made it available to bargaining unit employees.

Employees who have questions should speak to a manager or supervisor.

An easier way

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USPS has streamlined the job posting process for hiring external bargaining unit employees and Postmaster relief positions.

A new online Job Posting Request form (eJPR) has replaced the Excel-based Job Posting Request form that was available on the Bargaining Hiring Blue page and the Critical Staffing Request (CSR) form.

The new eJPR form offers multiple advantages for those who submit requests. For example, it will take less time to submit a job posting, there will be fewer opportunities for errors and users will experience more “visibility” throughout the process.

The new form is available on the USPS Workforce Planning, Insights and Analytics website.

Beginning Jan. 13, hiring managers should use the new form for any job posting requests.

The Human Resources Shared Service Center (HRSSC) will accept the Excel-based eJPR form and CSR form through Friday, Jan. 17. After this date, the form will be returned to the submitter.

A User Guide for Local Services, User Guide for Field Users, FAQs, Local Services eJPR WebEx demo and Requesters eJPR WebEx demo are available for users who want more information about the new eJPR form.

If you experience technical issues, email the HRSSC eJPR escalations/returns team at FMRHQ0@usps.gov.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday that commemorates the birthday of the civil rights icon, will be observed Monday, Jan. 20.

King, born in 1929, helped organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his landmark “I Have a Dream” speech. He also helped pave the way for enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

King, who received a Nobel Peace Prize for his work, was assassinated in 1968.

“Martin Luther King Jr. was a pioneer of the American civil rights movement and we honor his legacy. His words and contributions remain a source of inspiration for people around the world,” said Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan.

The Postal Service has released four stamps honoring King and his work: a 1979 Black Heritage stamp; a 1999 stamp that commemorates the “I Have a Dream” speech; a 2005 stamp honoring the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which King helped organize; and a 2013 stamp to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute’s website has more information about King’s life, work and the history of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Not over yet

The latest Combined Federal Campaign ended this week — but not for everyone.

The campaign, also known as the CFC, allows federal employees, retirees and contractors to contribute to charitable organizations during a period that begins each fall.

While the CFC officially ended Jan. 12, USPS employees hired after the deadline can make a pledge toward the 2019-2020 campaign from Feb. 1-Aug. 1.

Newly hired employees who register on the online pledge system can make a pledge within 14 days of registering.

After Aug. 1, the pledging system will close for donations to prepare for the start of the 2020-2021 charity drive.

News Briefs

Scanning snapshot

Postal employee working in a plant scans mail.

Scanning snapshot. The Postal Service’s national scanning rate reached 97.91 percent during the week ending Jan. 10, up more than three-tenths of a percentage point from one week earlier.

For the second consecutive week, Western (98.17 percent) led the areas and Dakotas (99.14 percent) topped the districts.

Major gainers among the 67 districts included Hawkeye (98.49 percent), which moved into fourth place from the 17th slot a week earlier, and Greater Michigan (98.41 percent), which climbed from 21st to 11th place.

Scanning data allows customers to track their mail and packages, which helps USPS deliver excellent service, boost loyalty and drive revenue.

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

Martin Luther King Jr. Day. USPS is providing managers, supervisors and others with general operating policy and planning guidance for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday that will be observed Monday, Jan. 20.

A new memo, available on Blue, explains guidelines for delivery, retail, processing, international service, maintenance and logistics operations.

Stamps reminder. Big Bend, a $7.75 Priority Mail stamp, and Grand Island Ice Caves, a $26.35 Priority Mail Express stamp, will be issued Saturday, Jan. 18. No national dedication ceremonies are planned.

Fore! Speaking of stamps: USPS announced this week the Arnold Palmer stamp will be released Wednesday, March 4, and dedicated that day during the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, FL.

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