Still the one

The Postal Service has again been named the top government agency for multicultural business opportunities.

For the ninth consecutive year, Omnikal, a social media and networking organization that promotes business inclusiveness, has given USPS its top Omni50 Award in recognition of the Postal Service’s efforts to offer opportunities to multicultural small businesses and entrepreneurs.

USPS registers small businesses, hosts workshops, holds one-on-one business meetings and posts materials online to guide business owners in marketing their supplies and services.

“The Postal Service is honored to be named for the ninth consecutive year as the top government agency for providing multicultural business opportunities,” said Supply Management Vice President Mark Guilfoil.

“Throughout our supply chain, we review and encourage the inclusion of diverse suppliers, both at the prime and subcontract level. A diverse supply base fuels our business and supports Postal Service objectives of growth and innovation.”

The Omni50 Award recipients were determined based on a survey of Omnikal’s 2.1 million members, who answered questions about the quality of business initiatives provided for companies led by women and minorities.

Kenton Clarke, Omnikal’s chief executive officer, said the Omni50 Awards help his organization “to equalize, broaden and level the playing field for both brands and an increasingly varied vendor-supplier marketplace.”

Think before you swipe

The Postal Service has a reminder for employees: Voyager credit cards are to be used only to purchase fuel for postal vehicles.

If you have a USPS-issued Voyager card, don’t use it to buy food, drinks, or fuel for a personal vehicle. Doing so violates the misuse of property provision of the standards of ethical conduct for employees of the executive branch, which applies to postal employees.

Managers and supervisors who have Voyager card responsibilities should complete eFleet Card: Site Manager, a training course available through the HERO platform. The course number is 2011NTWK1834SS01.

Additionally, those with Voyager card responsibilities should follow the standard operating procedures on the Fuel Cards Blue page.

“Postal Service customers expect employees to use postal funds for postal business. Maintaining the public’s trust is essential to driving positive business results,” said Natalie Bonanno, the organization’s acting associate general counsel and chief ethics and compliance officer.

For more information, email the USPS Ethics Office at