For the record

The Postal Service has introduced USPS Premium Tracking, an online tool that allows customers to extend their access to the tracking history for domestic packages on usps.com.

Currently, customers using usps.com have limited access to tracking information for non-signature (120 days) and signature items (two years).

Customers who purchase USPS Premium Tracking will have access to their online tracking data for as long as 10 years for a small fee.

The data is available for the following products and services:

  • Priority Mail Express service
  • Priority Mail service
  • First-Class Mail package service
  • Parcel Select service
  • Parcel Select lightweight service
  • Adult signature confirmation

Customers — who can also request a tracking statement by email — must have a usps.com account to purchase the service.

USPS Premium Tracking is aimed at customers who need evidence of delivery to resolve disputes and claims; evidence of mailing or delivery and delivery attempts for legal and court proceedings; and an official, authentic source of data for legal and financial sources.

The new tool can only be purchased for one package at a time.

The USPS Premium Tracking section on usps.com has more information.

Board of Governors

Michael J. Elston was recently appointed as a Postal Service officer and named secretary of the USPS Board of Governors.

In this role, he will serve as the communication link between the governors and Postal Service management.

Additionally, Elston will ensure compliance with legal requirements, supervise the board’s staff, provide legal advice in consultation with the Postal Service’s general counsel, and assist in the implementation of the board’s decisions.

Elston previously served as acting secretary, beginning in 2018.

His other previous roles include serving as the Postal Service’s associate general counsel and chief ethics and compliance officer, and chief counsel for employment law.

Star is born

Presorted Star, a stamp intended for business mailers, was released Feb. 3.

The stamp features an asymmetrical design that includes one large white star, two white and three red stripes, and a blue background with letters and three small stars in gold.

Greg Breeding served as art director and Matthew Pamer designed the stamp, which USPS announced late last year. No national dedication ceremony was held.

Presorted Star is available coils of 3,000 and 10,000 at usps.com.

News Briefs

Employee deals update

Employee deals update. Postal Service employees can further their education through the organization’s partnership with Liberty University, which offers 400 degrees — from associate’s to doctorate degrees — online.

USPS employees and their spouses are eligible for a 15 percent tuition discount from Liberty. Employees who are first responders can receive an additional 25 percent off, while U.S. military service members are eligible for discounted rates per credit hour for both undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Many Liberty courses can be completed in eight weeks.

The Employee Deals LiteBlue page has more information on this program and others available to USPS employees.

Postal passports. Postal Bulletin takes another look at a favorite topic — passports — in its Jan. 30 edition.

Also included: recent revisions to the Domestic Mail Manual; Handbook AS-805, Information Security Policy; and Publication 431, Post Office Box Service and Caller Service Fee Groups.

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