In the driver’s seat

USPS has teamed with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for a pilot program that allows customers to renew their vehicle registration and access other services in select Post Offices.

The California DMV has installed special self-service kiosks in five Post Office locations: Sacramento, Rancho Cordova, Paradise, Oakland and Los Angeles.

A sixth site will be determined.

“The pilot is scheduled to be six months with two additional mutual six-month extensions,” explained Kaitlyn Alves, a USPS digital business financial evaluation specialist.

The kiosks can process many DMV transactions.

For instance, customers can use the kiosks to register vehicles, submit proof of insurance, obtain their driving record and get a replacement registration card or sticker, among other services.

“In addition to generating new revenue and foot traffic, the kiosks align very well with our vision to serve as a storefront for government services. The reach of our Post Offices can bring convenience to communities that don’t have a significant DMV presence,” Alves said.

Along with a recent geospatial project in San Francisco and a fingerprint service operated with the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the DMV pilot is the latest example of how the Postal Service is leveraging its network to generate new revenue, one of the objectives of the organization’s 10-year Delivering for America plan.

If successful, the California DMV pilot could expand to other cities where the vendor operates kiosk services.

Said Alves: “The kiosk vendor, Intellectual Technology Inc., already has partnerships with roughly 15 state DMVs, so there is great potential to scale and expand the services we offer to the American public.”

In remembrance

U.S. flag flying at half-staff

President Joseph R. Biden has ordered U.S. flags flown at half-staff to honor Robert J. Dole, the former U.S. senator who died this week.

Flags should be flown at half-staff until sunset on Dec. 9.

Additionally, Postal Service facilities are required to fly the U.S. flag at half-staff on Dec. 7 to mark National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, an annual commemoration of the 1941 attack.

To fly the flag at half-staff, hoist the flag to the peak for an instant and then lower it to the half-staff position. The flag should be raised to the peak again before it’s lowered for the day.

The USPS Administrative Support Manual has additional guidelines on U.S. flag display and maintenance.

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, an annual commemoration of the 1941 attack, will be observed Tuesday, Dec. 7.

Postal Service facilities are required to fly the U.S. flag at half-staff this day.

To fly the flag at half-staff, hoist the flag to the peak for an instant and then lower it to the half-staff position. The flag should be raised to the peak again before it’s lowered for the day.

The USPS Administrative Support Manual has additional guidelines on U.S. flag display and maintenance.

Gift reminder

The Postal Service wants to remind employees that there are guidelines about giving and receiving gifts from colleagues.

An employee can give a gift to a manager or to a higher-paid colleague if it is a noncash gift valued at $10 or less.

There are no limits on gifts from managers to subordinates, but managers must avoid perceptions of favorable treatment.

For gifts between co-workers who earn the same amount of money, there are no limits.

Group gifts are not permitted for the holidays.

If you have questions, email the Ethics Office at ethics.help@usps.gov.

Know your choices

A newly updated video about the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program reminds employees to conduct a “health plan checkup” during this year’s open season.

The three-minute video — “FEHB Health Plans: Your Changing Life,” available on LiteBlue — encourages employees to evaluate their health care options to ensure they have the coverage they need.

The video also explains how employees can use the Open Season LiteBlue page to review their health care options.

In addition to choosing an FEHB plan, employees can make elections for the USPS Health Benefits Plan, Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program and flexible spending accounts.

Open season, the annual period when employees can make changes to their benefits, ends Monday, Dec. 13.