Taxation percentages

The Postal Service is reminding employees that the percentages used to tax supplemental wages differ from normal taxation percentages.

Supplemental wages can include:

  • Annual leave exchanges
  • Awards
  • Back-pay awards
  • Prizes
  • Severance pay
  • Reimbursements for nondeductible moving expenses

Currently, supplemental wages are subject to a withholding rate of 22 percent.

There’s also a mandatory withholding rate of 37 percent — or the highest rate of income tax for the year — for any supplemental wages paid in excess of $1 million within a calendar year.

Congress and the IRS determine taxation percentages.

The Postal Bulletin’s Jan. 16 edition has more information.

Pride and Blue

The Postal Service is highlighting employees who feel pride at work.

Inside Blue, a communications initiative that launched last year, features images and quotes from employees discussing their workplace and colleagues.

“I’m very proud of our team as we always are in the top five in the country for performance of First-Class Mail and Priority Mail,” Richard Powell, a Warrendale, PA, mail handler, says in one post.

In another post, Accomac, VA, Retail Associate Adam Chrisman says, “We share and support each other as a family, and that is what keeps us providing the best service for our customers.”

The employee spotlights are delivered each weekday through multiple communications channels, including monitors inside USPS facilities and the Lead to Win newsletter.

The messages are also posted on the Inside Blue LiteBlue page.

Inside Blue, the second of four #Postal Proud initiatives slated for this fiscal year, is part of the organization’s broader efforts to empower and engage employees and deliver world-class customer experiences, two core strategies.

The Peek into Peak initiative, which USPS conducted during this year’s first quarter, highlighted employees’ efforts during the holidays.

App lessons

Man looks at computer screens.

The Postal Service is offering two mandatory security courses for Payment Card Industry (PCI) and Corporate Developers Registration (CDR) application developers.

Developers must log into the HERO learning portal to complete the training by the April 23 deadline.

Here’s an overview:

• Web Developer. This course focuses on the Open Web Application Security Project.

• Defensive Programming and API Essentials. These courses offer instruction on Application Programming Interface services and how to develop secure code.

Developers who don’t finish the courses by the deadline will have only limited access to the ACE system until the courses are completed.

The CyberSafe at USPS Blue and LiteBlue pages have more information.

Green light

If you want to recognize sustainability excellence in your postal workplace, USPS is giving you more time to do so.

The organization has extended the deadline to submit nominations for the next round of Postmaster General Sustainability Excellence Awards.

The new deadline to submit completed nomination forms is Friday, Feb. 14.

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

According to the call for nominations, the Postal Service wants nominators to share stories from fiscal 2019 (Oct. 1, 2018-Sept. 30, 2019) that “demonstrate innovation, leadership and measurable impact on sustainability and environmental goals.”

The Sustainability Blue page has the nomination form, as well as a list of recipients from previous years.

News Briefs

Scanning snapshot

USPS employee scans mail at a postal plant.

Scanning snapshot. The USPS national scanning score was 97.79 percent during the week ending Jan. 31, up from 97.7 percent from one week earlier.

Western (98.03 percent) and Dakotas (99.11 percent) occupied their usual positions as the top-rated area and district, respectively.

Among the Postal Service’s 67 districts, major gainers included Western Pennsylvania (98.5 percent), which ranked third, up 11 places from the previous week; No. 13 Alabama (98.23 percent), up 16 spots; No. 20 Oklahoma (98.15 percent), up 12 places; and No. 30 Tennessee (97.98 percent), up 24 spots.

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.”

Red reminder. Postal Service employees can participate in National Wear Red Day, which is held annually to raise awareness of heart disease, on Friday, Feb. 7.

Employees who participate in National Wear Red Day are required to follow their facility’s dress code or the regulations detailed in Employee Labor Relations Manual, Section 930, Uniform Program.

For more information, email the USPS Wellness team at

Great news. The Postal Service recently mailed the latest issue of Great Lakes Area Update to employees in the area.

The newsletter, which is available on Blue and LiteBlue, features articles scanning, safety and other topics.

Got news? Email your submissions to