Board elections

The USPS Board of Governors unanimously reelected Roman Martinez IV and Anton G. Hajjar as chairman and vice chairman, respectively, Nov. 10.

Martinez and Hajjar were first elected to their posts on Jan. 12.

Martinez has been on the board since August 2019 and is serving the remainder of a seven-year term that expires Dec. 8, 2024. He has chaired the board’s Audit and Finance Committee since Oct. 3, 2019, and has served on the Election Mail Committee since Feb. 1.

Hajjar has been on the board since May 2021 and is serving the remainder of a seven-year term that expires Dec. 8, 2023. He serves on the board’s Compensation and Governance and Operations committees.

The Postal Service’s Nov. 10 news release has more information.

Recycling focus

On Nov. 15, the Postal Service will observe America Recycles Day, dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of conservation and recycling.

The organization launched its National Recycling Operation, or NRO, in 2013 to streamline postal recycling efforts nationwide.

The NRO established hubs to handle backhaul recycling, which takes advantage of existing transport equipment to bring recyclables from delivery and retail units to the hub.

During the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, more than 18,000 Post Offices, stations and branches recycled more than 176,000 tons of undeliverable Marketing Mail via their service hubs.

“America Recycles Day presents an annual reminder of the important role we play as employees of the United States Postal Service and stewards of our environment,” said Jennifer Beiro-Réveillé, the organization’s chief sustainability officer. “Each action you take today — and every day — highlights the opportunity we can all take to collectively address the challenges facing our nation’s waste management.”

Cardboard recycling has surged as a result of the increase in package deliveries. The organization recycled more than 85,000 tons of cardboard last year, up from 39,000 tons five years ago.

“The increased cardboard volume in our operations provides new business opportunities to improve cardboard handling efficiency and promote recycling and reuse best practices,” Beiro-Réveillé said.

More information about the organization’s recycling efforts can be found on Blue.

Fuel for thought

The Postal Service is reminding fleet managers and drivers to always buy the lowest-cost fuel from stations in the USPS Preferred Fueling Network.

The network, or PFN, consists of more than 10,000 retail fuel sites and 24 brands throughout the nation that provide the Postal Service with special pricing.

The organization regularly updates PFN agreements, so locations may change.

Managers and drivers should purchase regular nonpremium fuel for postal vehicles at PFN sites to help reduce overall fleet operating costs.

Drivers are also reminded to limit harsh starts and stops to help improve vehicle fuel efficiency.

For more information, email USPSPreferredFuelingNetwork@usps.gov.

Virtual benefits fair

Postal Service employees can participate in an online virtual benefits fair throughout open season, which runs from Nov. 14 through Dec. 12.

The virtual fair allows users to visit health care provider booths, attend webinars and download health plan materials from their personal computer or mobile device. It is being presented by USPS and health plans in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.

Also in attendance will be representatives of the USPS Health Benefits Plan, Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program, Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program, flexible spending accounts, Medicare, Social Security Administration, Thrift Savings Plan, Employee Assistance Program and various education partners, such as schools and universities.

Employees can participate in live event days to speak with experts on four dates:

• Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST

• Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST

• Nov. 30 from 1 to 9 p.m. EST

• Dec. 6 from 3 to 11 p.m. EST

Participation is voluntary. Nonexempt employees may only participate off the clock or during authorized breaks. Employees may register at the virtual benefits fair website or via the Open Season LiteBlue page.

Pandemic effects

The Combined Federal Campaign’s cause of the week is children and families.

An extensive data page on UNICEF’s website offers numerous reports on the impact of COVID-19 on children around the world. The pandemic:

• Intensified the hardships experienced by poor children.

• Exacerbated the learning crisis.

• Increased child malnutrition.

• Increased children’s risks of violence, exploitation and abuse.

“This is a universal crisis, and for some children, the impact will be lifelong,” UNICEF said.

If you are unsure of where to focus your giving in this category, the website for the campaign, also known as the CFC, makes it easy:

• Under “CFC Giving System” on the homepage, choose “online charity search.”

• In the “Find A Charity” section, you’ll see “Select a Specific Category.” While there is no specific “children and family services” category in the search tool, there are several that apply: Education; Health Care; Housing and Shelter; Human Services; and Youth Development are some.

The Combined Federal Campaign is the federal government’s workplace charity drive. The latest campaign began September 1 and runs through January 14.

Participation in the CFC is voluntary.

The GiveCFC.org website has more information.

This is the ninth in a series of articles spotlighting the Combined Federal Campaign’s cause of the week. Next week: food and nutrition.