Board of governors

The U.S. Senate has confirmed two nominees to the Postal Service Board of Governors.

Derek T. Kan and Daniel M. Tangherlini will succeed John M. Barger and Ron A. Bloom, whose terms have expired.

Kan was the deputy director of the White House Office of Management and Budget during the Trump administration, while Tangherlini was the administrator of the General Services Administration during the Obama administration.

The USPS Board of Governors acts much like a board of directors, conducting long-range planning and setting strategic policies, among other duties.

The Leadership page on usps.com has more information about the board.

Caring carrier

A sales lead from a letter carrier in Texas has resulted in an advertising deal for the Postal Service worth more than $99,000.

Angela Wright, who works at the Irving Main Post Office, talked with a representative of a company that had recently expanded to North Texas and was looking for a way to reach potential customers.

She submitted a lead through Customer Connect, a joint USPS and National Association of Letter Carriers program that encourages participants to identify sales opportunities.

A USPS representative followed up with the customer and closed a direct mail deal worth $99,330 in new estimated annualized revenue for the Postal Service.

Sales generated from Customer Connect leads are included in the USPS Every Lead Counts campaign to raise revenue through sales leads from employees.

“Angela’s thoughtfulness and appreciation for her customers allowed her to recognize an opportunity and get the customer into the right hands,” said Dorothy Muir, small-business specialist at USPS headquarters in Washington, DC. “She continues to engage with her customers on her route to help them and to generate revenue for USPS.”

The Postal Service is encouraging as many employees as possible to submit at least one lead through any of its six lead programs by Sept. 30.

The Small Business and Lead Generation Programs Blue page has more information about Customer Connect and the other employee lead programs: Business Connect, Clerks Care, Mail Handlers, Rural Reach and Submit a Lead.

Mighty mover

The Postal Service will release its Mighty Mississippi stamps on May 23.

The Forever stamps will come in panes of 10 photographic stamps, each representing a state along the 2,300-mile course of the Mississippi River.

The pane’s arrangement corresponds to the 10 states’ north-south and west-east sequence along the river, from its source in Minnesota to Louisiana, where it flows into the Gulf of Mexico.

Ethel Kessler designed the pane, using existing photographs.

The Mighty Mississippi stamps will be available at usps.com and at Post Offices nationwide.