All for One

The Power of One, a campaign to raise revenue for the Postal Service through sales leads from employees, is underway.

The Small Business Sales team is leading the initiative, which began Oct. 1 and will continue through the end of the current fiscal year on Sept. 30, 2021.

The team hopes the campaign will achieve an employee participation rate of 35 percent.

Fiscal 2020’s campaign, which was called Race for a $Billion, saw 15.8 percent of Postal Service employees submitting at least one sales lead, for a total of more than 120,000 leads.

Employees can submit leads through the Business Connect, Clerks Care, Customer Connect, Mail Handlers, Rural Reach and Submit a Lead programs.

“We are challenging every USPS employee to submit at least one quality lead this year in their designated program,” said Lou DeRienzo, small-business senior sales specialist at USPS headquarters in Washington, DC. “If we get all 600,000-plus employees to look out for new revenue opportunities throughout their day, just think of the revenue we could generate.”

DeRienzo pointed to Triboro District’s Get the Red Out campaign in September, which boosted participation in the Clerks Care employee leads program.

Minh Tieu, a Long Island City, NY, retail associate, was one of the Triboro District employees honored for their efforts in the campaign.

“I put in 30 leads, lots of restaurants,” she said. “When they come in, I ask them if they need help. Or when I am out, I talk to people.”

The campaign aims to build on the revenue success of last year’s campaign, which generated more than $1.2 billion in estimated annualized revenue.

Though this year’s initiative is only three weeks old, employee-generated leads have already produced more than $43 million in new revenue.

“Leads can com from anywhere, such as noticing a competitor’s truck picking up packages at a business, or a customer receiving a delivery that wasn’t shipped via USPS, or a restaurant or retail business struggling to attract customers,” said Mary Anderson, small-business engagement director at USPS headquarters. “We want all small businesses to survive and thrive in the coming year, and you can help us in our efforts to save Main Street USA.”

The Sales Blue page has more information about the Postal Service’s employee lead-sharing programs.

Share your feedback at uspslink@usps.gov. Your comments could be included in the “Mailbag” column.

Rules of engagement

The Postal Service is continuing to remind employees of the rules surrounding political activity under the Hatch Act.

The Hatch Act is a law that prohibits federal employees from engaging in political activity while on duty, while wearing a federal uniform or identification badge, while on federal property or while inside a federal vehicle.

Under the law, USPS employees are also prohibited from engaging in any of the following activities:

• While at work, wearing apparel containing messages or images for or against a partisan political candidate, party or group

• Bringing partisan political materials to work

• Making statements at work for or against a partisan political candidate, party or group

• Affixing partisan political bumper stickers to postal vehicles or personal vehicles while delivering the mail

• Posting, liking, tweeting or retweeting partisan political content to social media while on duty or while using postal equipment

Violations of the Hatch Act may be referred to the Office of the Special Counsel, a federal agency that oversees enforcement of the Hatch Act. Penalties for violating the law can include suspension, removal and debarment from federal employment and a civil fine.

The Ethics Blue page has more Hatch Act resources, including a Let’s Talk Politics! fact sheet. Employees who have questions can contact their local field law office or send an email to ethics.help@usps.gov.

Protection protocols

The Postal Inspection Service has introduced a website that outlines the law enforcement agency’s efforts to protect the integrity of election-related mail.

The website, located at uspis.gov/election-mail-security, provides overviews of mail security initiatives — including government partnerships, digital security measures and process improvements — as well as tips for voters.

Like the USPS website for voters and election officials, the Inspection Service site is part of the two organizations’ efforts to educate the public about voting by mail this year.

Customers and employees should call the Inspection Service at 877-876-2455 to report law enforcement matters regarding election-related mail.