Board update

President Joe Biden has announced his intention to nominate two individuals to serve on the Postal Service Board of Governors:

• Derek T. Kan, former deputy director of the White House Office of Management and Budget during the Trump administration; and

• Daniel M. Tangherlini, former administrator of the General Services Administration during the Obama administration.

If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Kan and Tangherlini would succeed John M. Barger and Ron A. Bloom, whose board terms are expiring.

The governors are the principal officers of the Postal Service. The board is similar to a board of directors, conducting long-range planning and setting strategic policies, among other duties.

Quick reference

With the holiday peak season around the corner, the Postal Service has created a chart to help employees quickly sort out the requirements for First-Class Package Service-Retail and First-Class Package Service-Commercial parcels.

The one-page chart details the similarities and differences between the products.

For instance, the maximum size for a for First-Class Package Service-Retail parcel is 108 inches in length and thickness, while the maximum size for a First-Class Package Service-Commercial parcel is 22 inches in length, 18 inches in width and 15 inches in thickness.

The maximum weight for a First-Class Package Service-Retail parcel is 13 ounces compared with 15.99 ounces for a First-Class Package Service-Commercial parcel.

The chart also highlights mailing and payments requirements to help employees avoid issues during the acceptance process and increase revenue assurance.

For more information, refer to the Postal Service’s Domestic Mail Manual, parts 130 and 280, or email ShippingServices@usps.gov.

More options

If you’re enrolled in the Commuter Benefits Program and chose the prepaid card option, you can now use the deposited funds interchangeably.

Previously, transit and parking funds could not be mingled.

In addition, you can use any accrued balances interchangeably that were previously earmarked for one or the other.

This feature is only available with the prepaid card option. If you aren’t currently using the prepaid card, you can change your order to take advantage of this feature.

Up to $270 of unused funds from any prior benefit month may be carried over each month to be used on transit or parking expenses.

For more information or questions regarding the Commuter Benefits Program, consult the  Commuter Program LiteBlue page or email the Health and Wellness team.

Healthy savings

Postal Service employees who want to save money for future medical expenses have several options during this year’s open season, which runs from Nov. 8-Dec. 13.

If you enroll in a high-deductible health plan (HDHP), you may be eligible to contribute to a health savings account (HSA).

An HSA allows you to pay for current medical expenses and save for future expenses on a tax-deductible or pretax basis. An HSA is yours to keep — even if you change health plans or leave the Postal Service.

Additionally, some plans offer health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), which are funds you can use to help cover out-of-pocket medical expenses. HRAs are generally available to employees who enroll in a consumer-driven health plan (CDHP).

If an HDHP or CDHP doesn’t meet your needs, you can sign up for a flexible spending account, which allows you to set aside money on a pretax basis to pay for health and dependent care expenses.

The Open Season LiteBlue page has more information to help you evaluate your options and choose a plan that best fits your needs.

Gift card savings

USPS is offering savings on Visa and Mastercard gift card purchases at select Post Offices in November and December.

From Nov. 13-26, customers and employees will receive $2 off the purchase fee of Visa gift cards valued at $50 and $100.

From Nov. 27-Dec. 10, customers and employees will receive $2 off the purchase fee of Mastercard gift cards valued at $50 and $100.

Variable load gift cards are excluded. No coupon is needed.