Safer spaces

The Postal Service has presented Safety Leadership and Vision Awards to seven district managers in recognition of their efforts to foster and sustain safe working environments.

The awards were presented Nov. 22 during a virtual ceremony.

USPS created the Safety Leadership and Vision Awards in 2019 to honor managers who exceed requirements for maintaining safe workplaces by reducing accident rates and improving performance compared with the same period one year earlier.

“One of the key aspects of the Delivering for America plan is driving up employee retention and establishing a winning culture. None of that is possible without an intentional focus on safety,” Isaac Cronkhite, chief logistics and processing operations officer, told attendees during the ceremony.

“There is no better way to show we value a person who is starting a career with the Postal Service.”

The seven district managers honored this year were:

• Lisa Baldwin, California 6 District;

• Lorraine Castellano, New York 1 District;

• Le Gretta Goodwin, Maryland District;

• Jagdeep Grewal, California 1;

• Ron Haberman, Alaska District;

• Eric E. Henry, New York 3 District; and

• Neftali Pluguez, Puerto Rico-Caribbean District.

Linda DeCarlo, occupational safety and health senior director, said the honorees “have shared a personal and compelling vision designed to move the organization out of the problems of the past and into a better future. They have all built a legacy by helping to build future leaders and showing employees that they care about their safety.”

TSP courses

Thrift Savings Plan specialists will offer webinars and live question-and-answer sessions in December on the ins and outs of the program, also known as TSP.

Here’s an overview of the webinars and when they’ll be offered (all times are Eastern):

TSP Early to Mid-Career Course: An overview of how TSP contributions work, the difference between traditional and Roth contributions and how to manage a TSP account throughout your career. Dec. 13 at noon. Register online.

• TSP Post-Service Withdrawals: An overview of the program’s post-service withdrawal options. Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. Register online.

• TSP Investment Funds: An overview of investing to meet retirement goals, TSP funds and more. Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. Register online.

• Intro to TSP: An introduction for new federal employees. Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. Register online.

The password to register for each session is TSPweb.

Participation is voluntary. Postal Service nonexempt employees may only participate off the clock or during authorized breaks.

All dates and topics are subject to change or cancellation.

For questions regarding the courses, email For additional information, email

People power

The Combined Federal Campaign’s cause of the week is human rights.

The campaign quotes former President Jimmy Carter: “Everyone has a right to peaceful coexistence, the basic personal freedoms, the alleviation of suffering and the opportunity to lead a productive life.”

Unfortunately, these rights are far from guaranteed, and their restriction can be catastrophic. One need only turn on the latest news to see the effects of their curtailment.

This may be one area, however, where the coronavirus pandemic has had a small and unintentional salutary effect.

Writing in Amnesty International’s Report 2020/21: The State of the World’s Human Rights,” Secretary General Agnès Callamard argues that the pandemic “laid bare the devastating consequences of abuse of power, structurally and historically.”

She writes that in 2020, exceptional leadership did not come from the top, but from heroic medical personnel and support workers “from the bottom of the income scale.”

Callamard believes that respect for human rights is foundational to a worldwide recovery. “The innovation, creativity and inventiveness that we need to find our way to sustainable resilient recovery demand that our freedoms be upheld, defended and protected.”

If this is an area that resonates with you, but you are unsure of where to direct your donation, the website for the campaign, also known as the CFC, can help.

Under “Donors” on the homepage, choose “Online Charity Search” from the drop-down menu.

The second field is “Select a Specific Category.” While there is no specific human rights category, there are many that touch on it.

A few to try are “Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy,” “International, Foreign Affairs & National Security” and “Public & Societal Benefit.”

The CFC is the federal government’s workplace charity drive. The latest campaign began Sept. 1 and runs through Jan. 15.

Participation in the CFC is voluntary.

The website has more information.

This is the 12th in a series of articles spotlighting the Combined Federal Campaign’s cause of the week. Next week: environmental protection.