TSP statements

Postal Service employees and other federal workers will receive two statements from the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) for second-quarter transactions.

TSP is sending two statements due to recent administrative changes.

The first statement, which was mailed in July and can be viewed in the TSP website’s My Account section, covers account activities and the sum of payroll contributions from April 1-May 26.

The second statement will cover activities and payroll contributions from May 26-June 30.

To calculate total second-quarter payroll contributions, TSP participants must add the amounts from the two statements.

The TSP website has additional information.

Recovery plan

The Postal Service is encouraging employees and contractors to set up their ACE computer password recovery settings in eAccess.

The settings allow users to easily reset forgotten computer passwords.

To set up password recovery:

  • Log into eAccess with your ACE ID and password.
  • Click the My Profile tab.
  • Click Password Recovery Settings, then select security questions and responses that you will remember.

Employees and contractors who don’t set up their password recovery will be unable to reset ACE passwords without a manager’s approval.

The process includes a call to 800-USPS-HELP and using the Interactive Voice Response system to submit a password reset request for your manager’s approval.

The IT Self Help page has additional information.

Across the universe

The James Webb Space Telescope plays the starring role on the latest Forever stamp released by the Postal Service.

The engineering marvel, a collaborative effort between NASA and the European and Canadian space agencies, was launched on Dec. 25 from French Guiana in South America.

It is the largest and most sensitive telescope ever deployed, designed to pick up infrared vestiges of the formation of the first stars and galaxies more than 13.5 billion years ago.

The telescope orbits the sun roughly a million miles from Earth, operating at temperatures as low as minus 370 degrees Fahrenheit.

Derry Noyes, a USPS art director, designed the stamp using an existing illustration by James Vaughan and an image provided by NASA and the Space Telescope Science Institute.

The main image is a digital depiction of the telescope’s makeup: a 21-foot primary mirror composed of 18 hexagon-shaped gold-coated mirrors, and a much smaller secondary mirror supported by three struts.

Below those are the computers and technology that keep the telescope functioning, a solar array to provide power and a solar shield.

The James Webb Space Telescope stamps are available in panes of 20 at Post Offices and usps.com

News Briefs

Scanning snapshot

Scanning snapshot. A snapshot of Postal Service scanning data shows the national rating was 97.01 percent during the week ending Sept. 2, down 0.29 percent from one week earlier.

The data was collected Sept. 7.

Central led the four areas with a rating of 97.18 percent, while Atlantic ranked last with a 96.78 percent rating.

Among the 50 districts, Iowa-Nebraska-South Dakota, part of Central Area, ranked first with a 97.95 percent rating, while California 5, part of WestPac Area, ranked last with a 95.31 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 July 1-Aug. 26, the Postal Service delivered 93.1 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 94.5 percent of Marketing Mail and 86.7 percent of Periodicals on time, the figures show.

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