Just $1

A new Postal Service video encourages every USPS worker to give $1 from each paycheck to the charity of their choice during the Combined Federal Campaign.

“If everyone gives a little, we can achieve something amazing,” the narrator says.

The campaign, also known as the CFC, allows federal workers to contribute to more than 7,000 charities, including groups that focus on animals, civil rights, military veterans, LGBT support and the environment.

Because the Postal Service has about 630,000 workers, if each one donated $26 per year, approximately $16 million could be raised.

In addition to paycheck donations, the video explains other options to participate — including one-time donations and monthly gifts — and notes that donations are needed more than ever due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The GiveCFC.org website has additional information.

Says the narrator: “You may not notice one less dollar in your paycheck, but together, our small gifts are powerful.”

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Protecting the mailstream

The Postal Service wants employees to safeguard the mailstream from improperly wrapped or damaged packages containing hazardous materials.

Once packages containing damaged, leaking or nonmailable hazardous materials are identified, they should be brought to a designated rewrap or hazardous material mail staging area for assessment.

Hazardous items that are disposed of locally could be regulated and require special attention.

Potentially regulated items include aerosol cans; batteries; cleaning supplies and other chemicals, including bleach; drugs and pharmaceuticals; fertilizers; fuels; hand sanitizer; lamps; lighter fluid; nail polish remover; oils; paints; perfumes; pesticides; and solvents and thinners.

Failure to properly dispose of items classified as hazardous, universal, medical or infectious waste violates environmental regulations and could result in a notice of violation.

For more information, refer to the Hazardous and Regulated Waste Management Blue page or the Mailstream-Derived Waste Management Environmental Compliance Bulletin.

Best defense? Good offense

Defending the Postal Service’s computer network from attack requires a good offense.

While the Corporate Information Security Office (CISO) leads the daily charge of defending the network, all contractors and employees — including Postmasters, retail associates, maintenance staff and others — play a role in protecting USPS systems from cyberthreats.

To keep the postal network secure — and to continue the principles highlighted during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month in October — CISO offers the following tips:

• Get trained. Take your assigned security training when it becomes available in HERO.

• Beware. Learn to avoid social engineering techniques, which cybercriminals often use to trick unsuspecting victims into sharing valuable information.

• Keep it secure. Poor cybersecurity behaviors — such as sharing passwords or connecting to the USPS network using someone else’s login information — can leave employees and the Postal Service vulnerable to cyberattacks.

• Be cautious. Cybercriminals often send convincing messages that appear to come from trustworthy organizations to con users into sharing passwords, account numbers and other information.

• Report it. If you receive a suspicious email or online message, don’t forward it. Instead, use the “Report to CyberSafe” button on the Outlook toolbar, call 866-877-7247 or send an email to CyberSafe@usps.gov to report it.

Employees can also play a larger role in securing the network by becoming a CyberSafe Guardian.

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

News Briefs

Scanning snapshot

A snapshot of Postal Service scanning data shows the national rating was 96.94 percent during the week ending Oct. 30, down 0.16 percent from one week earlier.

The data was collected Nov. 4.

Western-Pacific led the four areas with a rating of 97.34 percent, followed by Central (97.04 percent), Atlantic (96.9 percent) and Southern (96.51 percent).

Among the 67 districts, Dakotas, part of Western-Pacific Area, ranked first with a rating of 98.65 percent, while Mississippi, part of Southern Area, ranked last with a 92.39 percent rating.

The biggest gainer: Southern’s Atlanta District, where the rating was 94.07 percent, up 1.72 percent from one week earlier. The biggest decline: Atlantic’s Central Pennsylvania District, whose 94.79 percent rating represented a 2.22 percent drop from a week ago.

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.”

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