Extraordinary efforts

The Postal Service is reminding employees that extraordinary measures related to the handling of Election Mail remain in place through Nov. 29.

The organization released a General Election Extraordinary Measures Memorandum in September that outlines specific actions to be undertaken in support of the timely delivery of Election Mail.

The memorandum includes appendices providing specific instruction for Retail and Delivery, Processing and Distribution, and Logistics operations.

Additionally, in states with an extended deadline for returning ballots after Election Day, the Postal Service must make every effort, including taking extraordinary measures, to deliver remaining undelivered ballots to the appropriate board of elections as quickly as possible and no later than the applicable extended deadline.

Employees should familiarize themselves with the contents of the memo and the reference chart of ballot return state deadlines on the Election and Political Mail 2022 Blue page.

In this together

The latest video in the Postal Service’s series on the Hurricane Ian recovery efforts shows how employees and customers are pulling together in the aftermath of the storm.

“We’ve had customers, we know them by name. We know their kids, we know their dogs. You really take it personally and it hurts. … You feel bad for them,” Fort Myers Beach, FL, Postmaster Mark Pie says in the segment.

USPS released the one-minute video on social media and other channels.

News Briefs

Scanning snapshot

Scanning snapshot. A snapshot of Postal Service scanning data shows the national rating was 96.47 percent during the week ending Nov. 4, down 0.16 percent from one week earlier.

The data was collected Nov. 9.

Central led the four areas with a rating of 96.79 percent, while Southern ranked last with a 96.33 percent rating.

Among the 50 districts, IA-NE-SD, part of Central Area, ranked first with a 97.59 percent rating, while California 5, part of WestPac Area, ranked last with a 92.45 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 Oct. 1 through Oct. 28, the Postal Service delivered 92.4 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 94.3 percent of Marketing Mail and 86.6 percent of Periodicals on time, the figures show.

Postal Bulletin. Postal Bulletin’s Nov. 3 edition features information about this year’s open season for enrolling in or changing employee benefits programs, along with the latest updates to USPS policies, procedures and forms.

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Relocation reminder

The Postal Service wants employees to remember that relocation expense requests submitted after Nov. 18 will be processed for payment after Jan. 2, 2023.

This deadline will ensure that the organization has adequate time to record and report all relocation expenses for 2022 tax purposes.

Employees should refer any questions to their relocation counselor or send an email to the USPS relocation team.

The Relocation Blue page also has information regarding this deadline.