Georgia pitch

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy didn’t let any moss grow under his feet during a recent visit to Georgia.

His day started with a speech to roughly 150 members of the Envelope Manufacturers Association who were meeting in Savannah. DeJoy spoke of how he and the executive leadership team are attempting to set the Postal Service on a more prosperous course.

Postal reform legislation, pricing models and the establishment of regional operation facilities — including one in Athens — are just a few of the topics he touched on.

DeJoy stressed that while the transformation will not happen overnight, he is optimistic that the Delivering for America plan will turn the organization around within 10 years. And he was confident that USPS will continue to be the most trusted federal agency.

He followed the talk with visits to three Post Offices — the downtown and Garden City branches in Savannah and the Post Office in nearby Pooler — where he met with employees and updated them on Delivering for America, as well as preparations for the holiday delivery season.

“The Georgia visit was a great opportunity to explain why we’re doing what we’re doing — and to get feedback from the people the plan affects most,” DeJoy said. “Working with our employees, we’re going to transform the Postal Service into a high-performing organization and set it on a positive trajectory for decades to come.”

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Military appreciation

The Postal Service has released a Veterans Day video honoring employees who have served in the military.

The video, which is viewable on Blue and LiteBlue for the remainder of November, features remarks by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and military veterans:

• Nick Popaditch, retired U.S. Marine Corps. tank commander and Silver Star recipient.

• Martin M. Mieras Jr., a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion military program specialist and a U.S. Army veteran.

The presentation also features a photo montage of postal employees who have served in the armed forces.

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Staffed up

The Postal Service’s processing and distribution operation has added thousands of employees and more than 100 package sorting machines and other pieces of equipment in preparation for this year’s holiday delivery season.

More than 5,300 precareer employees have been converted to career status and more than 15,000 temporary employees have been hired since October for processing and distribution.

Since January, processing and distribution has installed 50 new package sorting machines across the country.

“We are ensuring that we have the right staffing and equipment so that the additional workload can be processed effectively and efficiently,” said Isaac Cronkhite, chief processing and distribution officer.

USPS processed more than 13.2 billion cards, letters, flats and packages during the holiday season in 2021. That number is expected to be larger this year.

“We have been preparing for this all year. It’s on the calendar. We know it is coming and what kind of volumes to expect,” Cronkhite said. “It’s predictable, and therefore not a surprise when the workload increases.”

The Postal Service has also leased 17 temporary mail processing facilities and 71 delivery annexes.

More on open season

A federal benefits administrator is offering a virtual fair available to Postal Service employees throughout open season.

The fair will include information from carriers affiliated with the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program, the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP), flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and BENEFEDS, the portal that handles FEDVIP and FSA enrollment.

The fair is presented by FedPoint, a long-term care insurance administrator based in Portsmouth, NH. It was formerly known as Long Term Care Partners.

Representatives from participating carriers will be available for live chats on the following days:

• Tuesday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST

• Tuesday, Nov. 22, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST

• Thursday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST

• Thursday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST

Advance registration is required. For questions, email the Wellness team.