Service mission

In his latest video message, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy thanks employees for their work during the recent holiday season.

The Postal Service accepted more than 13.2 billion letters, cards, flats and packages between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, up from 12.7 billion during the same period one year earlier.

DeJoy also reports the organization has been entrusted to deliver COVID-19 test kits to the American public.

“We should all be very proud to fulfill our mission of service to the nation as part of this important public health initiative,” he says.

Other topics addressed during the video include the importance of staying safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

The video, released Jan. 26, is available on Link and other postal websites and will be shown to employees throughout the organization this week and next.

Red and white delight

USPS is offering special ReadyPost shipping supplies at select Post Offices, in time for Valentine’s Day.

Customers can purchase “Sweet Valentine” decorative box and bubble mailer designs that can be used for gift wrapping as well as mailing. The decorative mailers fit inside Priority Mail boxes, making them an ideal shipping item with added protection.

Additionally, customers can save $1 when purchasing two Hallmark greeting cards, through Feb. 14.

This offer cannot be combined with any other offers. A coupon is required for purchase.

The Postal Service is encouraging retail associates to let customers know about these items, which are available while supplies last.

Working together

Postal Service employees can participate in an upcoming webinar to learn about Medicare and the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program.

The session, “Medicare and FEHB,” will be held Monday, Jan. 31, at noon EST.

Representatives from GEHA, a not-for-profit provider of health plans for federal employees, will conduct the webinar.

The session will explore how Medicare works with FEHB plans, with specific information on Medicare parts A, B, C and D.

Participants must register before the event on the webinar website. After signing up, directions for accessing the session will be emailed to each registrant.

Following the webinar, every registrant will receive an email with a link to an archived recording, along with the slides presented.

Participation is voluntary. Nonexempt employees may only participate off the clock or during authorized breaks.

For more information, email the USPS Health and Wellness team.

News Briefs

Scanning snapshot

Scanning snapshot. A snapshot of Postal Service scanning data shows the national rating was 96.84 percent during the week ending Jan. 21, down 0.37 percent from one week earlier.

The data was collected Jan. 26.

Central led the four areas with a rating of 97.13 percent, while Atlantic ranked last with a 96.36 percent rating.

Among the 50 districts, Pennsylvania 1, part of Atlantic Area, ranked first with a 97.95 percent rating, while New Jersey, also part of Atlantic Area, ranked last with a 94.22 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.

Delivery data. From Jan. 1-14, the Postal Service delivered 86.6 percent of First-Class Mail on time when compared with the organization’s service standard, according to data released last week.

During the same period, USPS delivered 91.7 percent of Marketing Mail and 80.8 percent of Periodicals on time, the figures show.

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