Board leadership

Ron A. Bloom and Roman Martinez IV have been unanimously elected chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of the USPS Board of Governors.

The elections occurred during the board’s Feb. 9 meeting.

Bloom succeeds Robert M. Duncan, the board’s chairman since September 2018, who will continue his term as a governor.

Bloom has served on the board since August 2019. During a career that has spanned more than 40 years, he has held senior leadership roles with labor unions, financial services firms and the federal government.

Martinez has also served on the board since August 2019 and has chaired the Audit and Finance Committee since October of that year. He has significant experience in the private sector and helping govern private and nonprofit institutions.

The USPS Board of Governors acts much like a board of directors, conducting long-range planning and setting strategic policies, among other duties.

Online connections

The Postal Service is modifying internet access for ACE computer users to help protect the organization from cyberthreats such as malware and phishing links.

Starting this month, internet access will be approved based on a multilevel structure for all USPS-issued desktops, laptops and tablets, as well as smartphones (when the phones connect to the postal network).

The multilevel structure encompasses seven levels:

• Level 0 — Basic: Blue, LiteBlue and approved USPS applications;

• Level 1 — Standard: General internet access;

• Level 2 — Standard Plus: Video streaming on websites and YouTube;

• Level 3 — Social Media: Social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram;

• Level 4 — Enhanced: Technical research sites for downloading patches and tech research;

• Level 5 — Super: Restricted sites; and

• Level 6 — Ultra: All internet access except ransomware and spyware websites.

ACE users should confer with a manager to determine which access level aligns with their job duties.

Users who require Standard (Level 1) access or higher will need to submit an eAccess request to receive approval.

Managers should not approve higher levels of access unless justification is provided on the user’s eAccess form. The form will then be reviewed by a functional system coordinator, who will approve or deny the request.

If the request is not received on or before March 19, the user’s internet access will automatically revert to Basic (Level 0) until approval for a higher level is granted.

The Postal Inspection Service is taking a distinct approach to modifying its internet access. Inspection Service employees who are ACE users will receive separate communications with details and specific action steps.

The Internet Alignment Initiative Blue page has more information. ACE users who have questions or comments should email the CISO Internet Access team.

Scientific marvel

USPS will salute nuclear physicist Chien-Shiung Wu with a stamp on Feb. 11, one of three releases this year honoring Asian American lives and culture.

During a career that spanned more than 40 years in a field dominated by men, Wu (1912-1997) established herself as an authority on conducting precise and accurate research to test fundamental theories of physics.

She worked on uranium enrichment and radiation detectors for the Manhattan Project, the scientific collaboration that produced the atomic bomb, which brought an end to World War II.

The Forever stamp will feature a detailed portrait of Wu wearing a black-and-white high-collared traditional Chinese gown known as a qipao. The illustration was first drawn in graphite, then rendered in egg tempera paint.

The background was painted with the pigment lapis lazuli, a highly valued color historically used in artistic depictions of angels, nobility and religious figures.

Ethel Kessler designed the stamp with original art by Kam Mak.

The spelling of Wu’s name on the stamp reflects how she wrote her own name and referred to herself. It is also how she was known to the scientific community at large.

This romanized spelling is based on the Wade-Giles system, which is all but obsolete for Chinese words and names. The Pinyin system of phonetic notation for Chinese characters is now the standard in both China and the United States.

In addition to the Wu stamp, the Postal Service released a Lunar New Year stamp last week. Go for Broke: Japanese American Soldiers of WWII, a stamp honoring the contributions of 33,000 soldiers who served in the U.S. Army during World War II, is also planned this year.

The Wu stamp, which will be available at Post Offices and, will be dedicated during a virtual ceremony that can be streamed on the Postal Service’s Facebook and Twitter pages on Feb. 11 at 11 a.m. EST.

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Scanning snapshot

A snapshot of Postal Service scanning data shows the national rating was 97.13 percent during the week ending Feb. 5, up 0.08 percent from one week earlier.

The data was collected Feb. 10.

Western Pacific led the four areas with a rating of 97.51 percent, while Atlantic ranked fourth with a 96.43 percent rating.

Among the 67 districts, Dakotas, part of Western Pacific, ranked first with a 98.51 percent rating, while Philadelphia Metro, part of Atlantic, ranked last with a 92.17 percent rating.

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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