MDD update

The Postal Service has added a feature to mobile delivery devices (MDDs) that allows mail carriers to electronically file PS Form 3575Z, Moved, Left No Address (MLNA).

The forms report instances where customers have moved without submitting a change-of-address (COA) form.

Postal procedures, in part, require carriers to complete the form, checking the “Moved, Left No Address” box before submission.

The information is added to the national change-of-address database used in USPS mail forwarding systems and commercial COA products.

Submitting MLNAs electronically:

• Provides a more efficient process for filing forms;

• Reduces the volume and cost of processing undeliverable mail;

• Saves costs related to handling paper forms;

• Automates the entry of address information; and

• Improves the delivery point sequence by reducing the number of times a mailpiece is handled.

In addition to MLNAs, the Postal Service plans to add a “Box Closed, No Order” tool to all MDDs and mobile in-office devices in July. Additional tools are planned.

The organization is currently rolling out new touch-screen MDDs to letter carriers across the nation, including 75,000 last year and another 200,000 in 2021.

The new devices align with Delivering for America, the Postal Service’s new 10-year plan to modernize the organization.

Virtual career fair

Chief Commerce and Business Solutions Officer Jacqueline Krage Strako’s organization is holding a virtual career fair through June 4.

The organization, one of three core USPS business units, was formed last year to expand and enhance postal commerce, strengthen the organization’s core shipping products and respond to customers’ challenges and needs.

The group is focused on four functions: business solutions, business development, transportation strategy and facilities.

The fair will allow employees to explore career opportunities with the organization as USPS realigns itself to achieve the goals of the new Delivering for America 10-year plan.

As part of this process, the Postal Service is also offering a series of live support sessions through June 11 on a range of topics, including using eCareer, mock interviews and navigating change.

Preparing for Change — Learning Track for Employees guide on LiteBlue has more information about these sessions, which employees can register for by going to the Preparing for Change: Support Event page on HERO.

For information on the fair, as well as video of events that took place earlier this week, go to the virtual career fair website.

New CISO

The Postal Service has named Christopher A. Nielsen chief information security officer and vice president.

Nielsen, who had been serving in the role on an acting basis since March, is responsible for directing the USPS cybersecurity program, securing the postal network against cyberthreats and protecting the organization’s technology assets.

His duties also include leading a team of information security professionals who manage five portfolios: identity and access management, cyber risk, cyber engineering, cybersecurity operations and the deputy chief information security officer’s organization.

Nielsen, who began his career in 2007 as a postal inspector in the New York Division, has served in a range of leadership positions, including deputy chief information security officer and cybersecurity risk management director.

He reports to Chief Information Officer Pritha Mehra.

Go for Broke

Go for Broke: Japanese Americans Soldiers of WWII, a stamp that recognizes one of the Second World War’s most distinguished fighting units, will be released June 3.

The 100th Infantry Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team — whose motto was “Go for Broke” — was composed primarily of second-generation Japanese Americans, also known as nisei.

After Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, nisei were subjected to increased scrutiny and prejudice because of their Japanese heritage.

Initially, nisei were not allowed to fight in the war for fear their loyalty lay with the country of their parents rather than the nation in which they were born and raised.

However, the U.S. Army eventually turned to nisei to serve as translators, interpreters and interrogators in the Pacific theater for the Military Intelligence Service.

More than 33,000 Japanese American men and women served in the Army during the war.

Designed by Antonio Alcalá, the Go for Broke stamp is based on a photograph taken in France by a member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team at a railroad station in 1944.

The Forever stamp, available at Post Offices and usps.com, is one of three Asian-themed releases this year, along with Year of the Ox, a Lunar New Year stamp; and Chien-Shiung Wu, honoring the Chinese American physicist.

 

 

News Briefs

Scanning snapshot

Scanning snapshot. A snapshot of Postal Service scanning data shows the national rating was 96.93 percent during the week ending May 28, down almost one-third of a point from one week earlier.

The data was collected June 2.

Western Pacific led the four areas with a rating of 97.2 percent, while Atlantic ranked last with a 96.67 percent rating.

Among the 50 districts, Washington, part of Western Pacific Area, ranked first with a 98 percent rating, while Puerto Rico, part of Southern Area, ranked last with an 89.42 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.” Postal Service employees must request Informed Visibility access through eAccess.

Stamp ceremonies. The Postal Service has announced details about two stamp dedication ceremonies.

The Emilio Sanchez stamps will be dedicated June 10 in Miami, while the ceremony for the Sun Science stamps will be held June 18 in Greenbelt, MD.

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