Mission commitment

The Postal Service is sharing a video of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s recent appearance at the Economic Club of Washington, DC.

DeJoy took part in a Sept. 24 question-and-answer session with David Rubenstein, the Economic Club’s president.

Over the course of about 45 minutes, DeJoy discussed the Postal Service’s mission, election-related mail, the coronavirus pandemic and recent natural disasters, among other topics.

“The 640,000 men and women who work here are committed to fulfilling their mission to the American people. I’m proud to be in this seat and the leader of this organization. The commitment [of our employees] is second-to-none in mission,” he said during the interview.

The video of the conversation is available on Link.

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All together

The Postal Service is the network that binds the nation together — and much of it is powered by an information technology system that links almost 1.2 million devices and 66,000 mail processing machines.

It’s the network behind the network.

To help mark National Cybersecurity Awareness Month in October, USPS wants to help employees learn more about the efforts to safeguard this network — including the critical role that postal employees play.

The Corporate Information Security Office, also known as CISO, oversees these efforts.

This department, led by Greg Crabb, the Postal Service’s chief information security officer, protects the organization’s employees, customers and infrastructure from digital threats.

CISO is made up of several portfolios. One group, led by Chris Nielsen, the deputy chief information security officer, manages cybersecurity-related communications and strategic planning, training and awareness projects, policy development and compliance, and security architecture.

To help ensure this team’s success, the Postal Service wants employees to do their part, starting with these three steps:

• Get trained. Complete your assigned cybersecurity training when it’s available through the HERO learning portal.

• Join the CyberSafe Guardian program. You don’t have to work for CISO to protect the USPS network. By signing up to be a Cybersafe Guardian for your department, you can keep your colleagues cybersmart.

• Beware of tricksters. Whether by email, text message or voicemail, cybercriminals are hoping to trick you into giving away sensitive information. Don’t fall victim to a ransomware or phishing attack, which could turn your technology against you.

The National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Blue page and the CyberSafe at USPS Blue and LiteBlue pages have more information about CISO and related topics.

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Energy Awareness Month

The Postal Service observes Energy Awareness Month each October to help educate employees about the organization’s efforts to reduce energy and water usage and to become more sustainable.

USPS operates more than 31,000 Post Offices, branches and other facilities across the nation. These facilities consume energy from all utility sources, including electricity, natural gas, heating oil, propane and steam.

The Postal Service’s utilities spending accounts for more than half of facility operating costs. This is why the organization tracks and manages energy and water consumption — not only to minimize costs, but also to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and conserve natural resources.

The Postal Service has reduced energy usage at its facilities by 32.4 percent since 2003, while water usage has been reduced by 53.2 percent since 2007.

To continue reducing energy consumption and costs, USPS is improving lighting in its facilities, using technology to better manage electrical and other repairs, and adding more renewable energy sources.

Postal Bulletin’s Sept. 10 edition has a closer look at the organization’s efforts, while the Sustainability Blue page has more information about the Postal Service’s work to become more sustainable.

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News Briefs

Scanning snapshot

Scanning snapshot. A snapshot of Postal Service scanning data shows the national rating was 96.89 percent during the week ending Sept. 25, down about two-tenths of a point from one week earlier.

The data was collected Sept. 30.

Central led the four areas with a rating of 97.21 percent, followed by Atlantic and Western-Pacific (97.04 percent each) and Southern (96.39 percent).

Among the 67 districts, Dakotas, part of Western-Pacific Area, ranked first with a rating of 98.85 percent, while Atlanta, part of Southern Area, ranked last with a 92.79 percent rating.

The districts’ biggest gainer was Mississippi with 94.71 percent, a 1.66 percent score change. Santa Anna had a 93.76 percent rating, a 2.55 percent score decline, the week’s biggest loss.

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.”

Are you ready? Postal Bulletin’s Sept. 24 edition takes another look at National Emergency Preparedness Month, which is held each September. The topic was also addressed in the publication’s Aug. 13 issue.

The Sept. 24 Postal Bulletin also features the Postal Service’s latest updates to policies, forms and procedures.

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