World Post Day

World Post Day, an annual commemoration of mail’s role in the everyday lives of people and businesses, as well as its contribution to global social and economic development, will be observed Oct. 8 in the United States.

This year’s event, which will be observed Oct. 9 in some countries, celebrates innovation.

The Postal Service has introduced several innovative products and services recently, including USPS Connect Local, Label Broker integration and Informed Delivery enhancements.

Additionally, throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the Postal Service has played an important role in small businesses’ rejuvenation strategies, through offerings like Every Door Direct Mail, while Informed Visibility Mail Tracking & Reporting has helped customers track their mailpieces as they move through the USPS network.

International Postal Affairs, a USPS department, manages the organization’s global relations and policy development with the Universal Postal Union (UPU), a specialized United Nations agency that facilitates the exchange of international mail among 192 member countries.  The UPU sponsors World Post Day.

The department’s Blue page has more information, while the United Nations website has an overview of World Post Day.

World Post Day was first celebrated in 1969 during the UPU Congress in Tokyo to mark the anniversary of the union’s establishment in 1874.

Under wraps

The Postal Service is reminding employees to not reveal personally identifiable information to co-workers who don’t need to know that information.

The Privacy Act of 1974 prohibits sharing most personal information with anyone at all, unless one of the law’s exceptions applies.

The act’s “need to know” exception allows personal information to be given to other employees, including postal contractors, who need it to do their jobs.

It is a federal crime to intentionally disclose Privacy Act-protected information to other employees if you know they do not need that information to do their jobs and if no other Privacy Act exception applies.

Never give any information that is about another person to your co-workers unless they need that information to do their jobs.

Employees who have questions about privacy should send an email to privacy@usps.gov.

Standards and deliver

“News Quiz” is a weekly feature that lets you test your knowledge of recent Link stories. The correct answers appear at the end.

1. Fill in the blank: (Blank) of First-Class Mail will be unaffected by service standards that took effect Oct. 1.

a) 46 percent
b) 51 percent
c) 56 percent
d) 61 percent

2. When is the Postal Service’s next market-dominant price adjustment scheduled to happen?

a) January 2022
b) July 2022
c) January 2023
d) July 2023

3. True or false: USPS now offers a Priority Mail shipping service option for expedited packaging supplies.

a) True
b) False

4. In the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2020, how many heroic employees were recognized by the Postal Service?

a) 156
b) 166
c) 176
d) 186

5. What is the value of the shipping deal that resulted from the sales lead recently submitted by Ronald Manzini, a Sharpsburg, PA, letter carrier?

a) More than $83,000
b) More than $93,000
c) More than $103,000
d) None of the above

Answers: 1) d. 2) b. 3) a. 4) d. 5) a.

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