Now hiring

The Postal Inspection Service is continuing to hire.

The agency will accept applications for postal inspector positions from Tuesday, July 5, at 10 a.m. Central through Saturday, July 16, at 10 a.m. Central.

These positions are open to qualified USPS career employees and external applicants.

Postal inspectors are federal law enforcement agents who enforce laws that defend postal employees and the nation’s mail system from illegal or dangerous use. They investigate criminal, civil and administrative violations of postal-related laws, often using forensics and cutting-edge technologies.

Individuals must use the hiring portal on the Inspection Service website to apply.

The Inspection Service website has information on becoming a postal inspector, an overview of eligibility requirements, and information about the application and hiring process.

A new line

A sales lead from a letter carrier in Texas has resulted in a shipping deal for the Postal Service worth more than $480,000.

Frank Loredo, who works at the Irving Main Post Office, talked with a representative of a local manufacturing company that needed a way to ship a line of new products.

He 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 shipping deal worth $480,028 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.

“Frank saw an opportunity and took the initiative to get this company the shipping services it needed,” said Dorothy Muir, small-business specialist at USPS headquarters in Washington, DC. “He is an example of how carriers are in a great position to help their customers.”

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.

Climate readiness

The Postal Service made its commitment to addressing climate change clear by publishing its first-ever Climate Action Plan last year.

The plan is organized around five priority actions: education, identification of weaknesses, protection of facilities, protection of supply chain and logistics, and planning for change. These actions will allow USPS to better prepare for climate variations.

By integrating best climate practices and procedures into strategic planning now, the Postal Service can help protect its operations, workforce and reputation in the decades to come.

The Postal Service encourages employees to review the plan and email sustainability@usps.gov with any questions, ideas and suggestions that could inform the organization’s climate change strategy.

This is the third in a series of three articles detailing the Postal Service’s efforts to address climate change.

Yellow belt training

The USPS Continuous Improvement team is offering a Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Train the Trainer session July 7.

The course will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern, via Zoom. It is open to postal employees who have earned a green belt or higher in Lean Six Sigma.

“The Postal Service needs critical thinkers to improve service and safety, and make processes more efficient,” said Diana Allen, a USPS Lean Six Sigma trainer. “Learning Lean Six Sigma is the first step in gaining the foundational knowledge to enable you to become a critical thinker and problem solver in your own work cell and area of influence.”

More information about the training — including the Zoom link and passcode — is available on the Continuous Improvement team’s Lean Six Sigma Trainings Blue page.